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Where Have All The Polar Bears Gone?

Just when you thought global warming was really bad, it looks even worse. A global summit of world scientists is meeting in Exeter, England this week and they are alarmed at the picture they see emerging of seeminly irreversible global warming.
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Just when you thought global warming was really bad, it looks even worse. A global summit of world scientists is meeting in Exeter, England this week and they are alarmed at the picture they see emerging of seeminly irreversible global warming. If they are correct, polar bears could be extinct in 20 years and England would be transformed into a tropical climate. It seems obvious, but the Cree Indians got it right:
“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money. “

It seems like an impossible task, but we have no choice. Anyone who cares about any form of life must work for radical change in order to stave off the possibility of the end of life on earth. This issue is not separate from war, human rights, animal rights, the police state and labor. They are all related. The time to take action is now. For the trees, for the United States, for Iraq, for the Inuits, for womyn/men, for the children of tomorrow. And especially for the polar bears.

We must speak out, act up, sit in, stage, demonstrate and write until our hands bleed. We can cut back on just about everything. That would help, too, and it really isn’t a sacrifice when you consider that we consume more resources than any other country on earth.

Perhaps the most timely response to global warming would be joining the tree planting movement started by Wangari Maathai. She was only one woman, but the movement she started is responsible for planting over a million trees throughout Africa.

I’ve included some inspirational sayings about trees. Enjoy them and act to save them and in turn save us all.

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If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. ~Henry David Thoreau

God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools. ~John Muir

A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease. Every hidden cell is throbbing with music and life, every fiber thrilling like harp strings, while incense is ever flowing from the balsam bells and leaves. No wonder the hills and groves were God's first temples, and the more they are cut down and hewn into cathedrals and churches, the farther off and dimmer seems the Lord himself. ~John Muir

He who plants a tree
Plants a hope.
~Lucy Larcom, "Plant a Tree"

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are written by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
~Joyce Kilmer, "Trees," 1914

I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree.
Perhaps, unless the billboards fall,
I'll never see a tree at all.
~Ogden Nash, "Song of the Open Road," 1933

Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.
~Kahlil Gibran

I willingly confess to so great a partiality for trees as tempts me to respect a man in exact proportion to his respect for them. ~James Russell Lowell

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in their way. ~William Blake

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money. ~Cree Indian Proverb

They kill good trees to put out bad newspapers. ~James G. Watt, quoted in Newsweek, 8 March 1982
 
 


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Re: Where Have All The Polar Bears Gone?

Mother Earth will endure though it is likely Global Warming may cause humans to become extinct.

Mother Earth recovered from being hit by huge meteors and will recover in the distant future when humans have been reduced to our original molecular components.

For a look into the biology of the future, read "After Man"

Although extinction is a horrible tragedy, whenever an environmental niche appears, evolution speed up and new creatures fill it.

It took only 5 000 year for a pair of finches to evolve into nearly 20 species on the Galapagos Islands and only 50 YEARS for the common English Sparrow to evolve into two very different looking birds. the ones in the US desert are small and light tan while the ones that manage to survive in Alaska are larger and darker feathered.

There will be many thousands of niches as soon as humans depart.

This is not to make light of the horror humans are inflicting on our Mother, rather to put things into perspective.

One day there will be no more Bush, Cheney, slave labor, factory farms, genetic engineering, weapons of mass destruction, herbicides, pesticides, cars, noise, smog, hugh ant-hill cities teeming with millions of work slaves, nukes, Christian fundamentalists, rapists, torturers,soldiers and war.

Fifty million years from now, none of what we worry about will matter. Earth will be renewed. No doubt, some bacteria will evolve that eats depleted uranium.

Mother Earth is a tough old woman! Check out Gaia by James Lovelock. The earth ALWAYS strives for balance and achieves it. This 10,000 year reign of naked primates is a brief fluke compared to geologic time.
 

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