Friday, March 24, 2017

Eco-Activism: Inspiring Mankind to Embrace Nature ???


"All we are saying is give peace a chance"
John Lennon (Plastic Ono Band)
Animated Clipart - Mrs Eva Ford


We've come a long way from the days of old (1960s counter-culture protesters) where people claimed to be championing peaceful protests movements for the cause of peace and ecology. But today, one cannot flip on the TV News without seeing some type of violent protest somewhere in the world over anything. For the moment, much of it seems motivated by murderous hatred towards someone else's version of ideological worldview. The official 'cause' being protested is often used as a mask to cloak it's truer darker identity. This post is not a commentary on all the reasons for the present insanity of civil unrest which is now consuming our planet. Since this blog is mostly about our planet's natural world and positive ways of rebuilding ecosystems, urban landscaping, travel, etc, I'll focus mainly on why the environmental movement today fails to change the hearts of their perceived opponents. In general it's a problem resulting from the methods they have chosen to get their message across. I never endorse one environmental cause or group over another and there is a big reason for that. Without saying very much as to why, I'll let these photographs below tell the story. Most of these movements generally have no real viable solution for replacing the present miserable system that they are protesting against other than some casual vague references to wind or solar power coupled some new brand of political socialism. But these too have their own unique failings regarding harm to the environment. Quite often I've found that many of the protesters have very little experience if any of actual participation in any ecosystem restoration project. See my previous post on that subject (HERE) Many of the environmental organizations and the donations they receive go towards lawsuits,  protests and monetary settlements with very little of those funds actually going towards actually fixing an ecosystem through hands on restoration work even on the part of the non-profit's officers. There is no question that this planet needs radical change & in a hurry. Take a look at these pictures below that bare out the reality of this fact.

Image - MarketWatch.com

Leading Faces of Industrial Agriculture


Source - EcoWatch

Ocean Dead Zones via Industrial Ag


Photo - Free Source
Fracking Operation, Pinedale, Wyoming


Image - JamesWorks.ca

Canadian Tar Sands - before & after


Source: Andreas Habich, Wikimedia Commons.

Steel industries in Benxi, China

Yup, sure enough the planet's in trouble. No argument there. No need for us to explain what these photographs are all about since we are already aware of their implications. But have these green activist movements & people involved with them actually been stellar examples of lifestyle choices and conduct have recommended to other people that their way is a better way of life without saying a word ? Let's look at a recent well known public  protest movement example that's been highlighted in the News Reports for almost a year now. That would be the oil pipeline protests in South Dakota, otherwise known as the Standing Rock Pipeline Protest. The Native Americans there started the protest and I believe they were at the beginning very sincere and legitimate in their reasons for protesting. But the big problems came later when outside protesters came on board. Take a look below.


Image - Reuters - T. Sylvester

All over the country this cause suddenly became a rallying cry for outsiders with other axes to grind to come and add their anarchy which was not what the Native American Souix wanted in the first place. Many of the outsiders did not fully understanding nor comprehend the particular issues involved on the part of both sides of the argument. Many came simply for what they say was the cultural experience. What it became however angered most of those Native Americans. And who can blame them. Apparently of the tribal members described how the protest became as a kind of repugnant "Burning Man Festival" complete with drugs, booze, loud music and unbridled decadant behaviour. Others likened it to another annual event, "The Rainbow Gathering" which has been held annually since 1972 for which people supposedly celebrate a shared ideology of peace, harmony, freedom, and respect. Except that is not how it usually goes down. Anyway, here were some expressions of concern and disgust relayed by some of the Native Americans about the counter-culture outsiders who invited themselves and crashed their party:
"White people are colonizing the camps. I mean that seriously. Plymouth rock seriously. They are coming in, taking food, clothing and occupying space without any desire to participate in camp maintenance and without respect of tribal protocols.   
"These people are treating it like it is Burning Man or The Rainbow Gathering and I even witnessed several wandering in and out of camps comparing it to those festivals."
(The Independent - UK: 'White activists are 'treating protest like Burning Man'')
With the infamous anti-pipeline protest camps now reduced to a muddy pile of garbage, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will now be coming to grips with some of the harsh realities of their month’s long crusade against the Dakota Access Pipeline. A letter sent from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Chase Iron Eyes – a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and anti-Dakota Access protest camp, details the the environmental damage done by protesters. 
Department of the Army Corp of Engineers, Omaha District (Feb 2017)
Tom Stromme / Bismarck Tribune

Massive amounts of filth and other refuse left behind

Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Above is an aerial view of the protest camp on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land at the confluence of the Missouri River and Cannonball River in southern Morton County North Dakota on February 13, 2017. The area is in a flood plain and must be cleared of buildings and people who have been illegally camping to protest the nearby Dakota Access Pipeline. Left behind is all manner of filth and other trash. Conditions in the camp were described as a cesspit of filth, which was the result of thousands of people camping in the middle of a field with little in the way of any responsible sanitation services. The authorities who eventually have to go into the camp have to first receive hazmat training. Prior to authorities entering the camp, the protesters have  set fires to many structures with hazardous materials. The Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II, who is led the protest, raised his concerns about sanitation back on Nov. 23, 2016, saying activists are “digging pits out there for their human waste.”

“That’s a flood zone. So when the floodwaters come up, that waste is going to be contaminating the water. We’re no different than the oil company, if we’re fighting for water. What’s going to happen when people leave? Who has to clean it up? Who has to refurbish it? It’s going to be us, the people who live here.” 
“Before this entire movement started, that was some of the most beautiful land around. There was a place down there where eagles, over 100 eagles, would come and land. There were game down there — deer, pheasants, elk, geese. Now it’s occupied by people. And when masses of people come to one place, we don’t take care of it.”
Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault
The Bismark Tribune

Unbelievably, over two hundred vehicles were left abandoned by these people. Numerous dangerous illegal structures were built and the human waste itself created an incredible biohazard of it's own:
“There are roughly 200 vehicles down there at last count, ranging from cars and pickups to rental trucks. We’re going to have a very drastic situation trying to keep these vehicles from getting into the river – what everybody’s been trying to protect from day one. We can’t leave them there. We don’t know what kind of biohazard is going to be produced with all the fluids or any other garbage that’s inside the vehicle,” 
George Kuntz, Vice President, North Dakota Towing Association
They now have to go in there with heavy equipment and bring all those vehicles back to the hard roadway to be loaded. It's a boggy floodplain and some vehicles are already in the river that they supposedly were trying to save. This site was prior to the protesters occupation of it was a sensitive wildlife habitat where no one lived.
“You’ve got oil leaking out, you’ve got gas. Pollution from abandoned vehicles adds to already serious environmental problems left behind by the protestors. You talk about wanting to protect the water, and yet not a lot of people are staying around to clean up what they started. How do you just totally destroy something? How do you not care about something that you are here saying that you care about? Most of the damage was caused by the out-of-state  protestors who were recruited by national activist groups."
Robert Keller, Public Information Officer, Morton County Sheriffs Department
(Source)
You folks can google anything else on the subject. The area was a sensitive environmental wildlife have prior to this protest. Not anymore. The very ecological destruction these angry anarchists were claiming to stop they actually directly caused first hand. 

Below here is the aftermath of the first of it's kind rock festival called Woodstock Festival for peace, Music and Ecology back in Bethel, New York (Aug 1969)
Image - Woodstock 1969

Back in 1972, my World History and Civics teacher, Mr  LeTourneau at El Cajon Valley High School, said something that rang true then and shines glaringly true today. We were discussing all the radical protests movements of the late 1960s on into those early 1970s and the subject came up about ecology protest movements from all those peace loving back to nature Flower Children. He showed us a photo of the 1969 Woodstock Rock Festival's aftermath on that dairy farm's fields. Incredible amount of filth and human waste and he said, "I don't get it. These are supposed to be the ecology people?" He was right. In fact after almost any rock festival where this type of activist culture shows up, they all leave behind an incredible amount of human filth. Go ahead, google any of those well know past events. There are clear similarities between the Woodstock Festival and the Dakota Pipeline Protest Camp. Both had the same decadent behaviour at both events. Drugs, alcohol, load music, foul vulgar speech and disgusting conduct. The big question is, how can Nature inspire many of these people to display such filthy speech, vulgar insults, decadent behaviour, foul language, blantant destruction of other individual's private property, various forms of drug abuse, alcohol abuse, sexual assault, etc ? This is supposed to be all about Nature right ? Anybody else seeing the social structure humans picking up pace and going down hill ? There is one long forgotten biblical text, even forgotten by most who claim to even believe in their holy book which outstandingly describes a time of where human society is heading by the display of certain negative personality traits which reach their climax worst just before the end. Could that time really be now ?
"But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal,  having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away."
Let's analyze this, "not open to any agreement" (translation = 'my way or the highway'), "without self-control" (let's party), "lovers of themselves" (lack of consideration for other people; concerned chiefly with one's own personal profit or pleasure), "Fierce" (must be what the fist in the air thing is all about), "puffed up with pride" (incapable of admitting one's position may be wrong), "headstrong" (determined to have one's own way at any cost), etc, etc, etc. Now, can anyone tell me if any of these photographs I'm posing below of how our natural world could really inspire the abnormal degenerate behaviour we saw and read about in the pictures & News links above ??? 


Image - Jenna Edde Wilf Open Country

Image - Simple Snapshots - Nate 2010

Image Panoramio - Uğur Atabaş 2016


Image - Mark Goudy & Lisa Riddle  - Thunder Cloud Studios 2008
Amazing Engineering Inspires Biomimicry
Image - Harun Hahya

Image - Harun Hahya


Image - Uzma Khan


Image: Jay Beiler

Spring wildflowers - Cahuilla Indian Reservation Anza CA

Funny Cute Critter Photographs

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How can people who claim to be environmental activists and on the side of everything ecogreen even look at such photos and find  inspiration to engage in foul vulgar speech, decadent behaviour, destroy someone else's property, defecate on a police car, etc, etc, etc, etc ? The reality is that such Nature Snapshots should inspire behavioural conduct as encouraged by another long forgotten text in which even the traditionally religious have forgotten. 
"On the other hand, the fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control. Against such things there is no law."
So one now has to wonder, what happened ? Apparently the Native American effort to spotlight Ecology & Nature has clearly failed since the oil is going to flow anyway. The area of the protest encampment was at one time an ecologically sensitive wildlife habitat. Now it's an environmental catastrophe ruined by ideologically driven party animals claiming to be something they never were to begin with. Maybe the Native Americans will think twice next time about who they invite to the pow wow. People all around the globe are going to have to start questioning who and what organizations they are associating themselves with if they truly love Nature. While certainly many folks out there are sincere in their love for nature, most of the environmental movements have mutated into a kind of political ideology bent on destroying those of an opposing side they feel murderous hatred towards. They have used Nature & Science as a tool or crutch to lean on in justification of this hatred. Far from John Lennon's imaginary peaceful world vision, mankind is now far deeper into a cesspit of murderous hatred. Seriously folks, flick on all of the television New network stations & ponder where this world is headed. As for Science really  being the answer for fixing all the wrong things ? 



I'm all for ecology and Nature. I'm all for rebuilding and restoring the Earth back to a healthy balanced state. Both my blogs are dedicated towards that end. But I'm also fully understand that on a grand global wholesale scale right now this will never happen under the present human system of governance of this planet. So mostly I write to people out there on an individual level who work with small local restoration groups or just people with their own garden and urban landscape and want to make a personal difference. This post is an extention of my previous post last week on this same subject which deals with some of the stupid so-called scientific arguments which have actually contributed in a major way to more harm of Nature rather than actually helping our natural world 😏
How dumping the "Argument from Poor Design" dogma might just help the planet


Because Nature is badly designed & we
Scientists can fix that!


3 comments:

  1. Mister Franck,

    I am hailing to you from El Centro, CA, USA in the Imperial Valley. I'm 22 years young, born and raised in the Valley, currently studying Permaculture, emphasizing on regenerative agricultural practices, in the hopes of shifting the paradigm of my local community from its current self-destructive state to that of an "Earth Care" mindset. I've lived the effects of industrial ag, I witnessed the death it continues to plague us with - polluted air and water, non-existent soil life-web, and mitigation efforts focused on $$$.

    This morning I stumbled upon your blogs via Permies.com and sat here, sans breakfast, just soaking up the knowledge... Stoked you have a passion for our desert landscape, and more importantly a permaculture lense. I'm trying to start a movement here and I want to thank you for making all your valuable information available via the internet. If you know of anyone else locally who shares this mindset, I'd appreciate a chance to connect with them. I want to do this right - unlike the people in the photos above. Again, thank you for sharing your knowledge and I hope to stay in touch.

    Cheers,

    Gregorio Ponce

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    1. I thought at first you were the Dean Gregorio Ponce at the Calexico Campus of SDSU, but if you are 22 years old, that would be impossible. I lov Imperil Valley and have always been disturbed by the amount of chemical cocktails used there in the name and worship of Science. Older generation farmers are hard to change. For 22 years I worked down there for Womack Chevolet and El Centro Motors. Spent many an evening at the old Owl Cafe. Often stayed with friends at the farm south of West Morland and west of Forester Road. Often times crop dusters would fly over their house at 5:00 in the morning when winds were calm and spray their toxins. Recently found out my friend's wife died of cancer.

      Well, there is lot of info here on desert ecosystems. I have a strong belief that if done properly, most of the invasive Tamarisk could be eradicated, windbreaks replaced with contruced Mesquite Dune berms as windbreaks. These would eventually self-maintain with no watering necessary. Just some of my ideas. Bat roosts could also be incorporated into the Mesquite dune windbreaks.

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    2. People tend to mistake me for my father, yes. I'm sorry to hear about your friends wife... Unfortunately, similar stories are popping up at an increasing rate down here. That's why I'm adamant about putting a stop to it. The trick, I feel, will be to market ecologically sound methods that keep the corporate ag family businesses profitable. That's kind of a contradiction from a Permaculture standpoint - maintaining a monocrop system - but I don't think they're going anywhere anytime soon, although the declining state of the Salton Sea might scare them off. I remain they should be held accountable for that.

      My ideas for them in particular are to emphasize attractants of beneficial insects bordering crop fields to eliminate pesticide use, manage ag runoff as a wetland/greywater system to start reversing our groundwater and salton sea contamination, and implement rigorous topsoil regeneration practices on all fields to eliminate fertilizer use. In this way they can still produce whatever tickles their fancy but at least our greater community won't pay the consequences of polluting practices.

      I don't care how many of their dogmatic scientists they hire to feed bullshit to our regulators and local government officials. Their archaic methods are outdated, we have viable alternatives, and we're through suffering. And you best believe I'm looking to start a small farm demonstrating such practices once I can source funding.

      That being said, I'm a very small fish in this lake. And I'm having trouble finding folks down here who have the same mindset when it comes to progressive agriculture. Any guidance or connections will be greatly appreciated on my part. Thanks again!

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