15 Jan 2007

Mumia on ecocatastrophe

Mumia has long advocated ecosocialism...read his statement on climate crisis on another green world

[Col. Writ. 1/7/07] Copyright 2007 Mumia Abu-Jamal

When I went into the yard several days ago, (OK--cage) I couldn't help but be shocked.

It was still dark, as the sun hadn't yet risen, not quite 7 a.m. It was nearly 60 degrees.

When I felt how warm it was, I was absolutely stunned.

The grass was still green, and it felt like a moist, spring morning.

I couldn't help but think of global warming -- the dumping of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, which traps heat near the earth's surface, like a blanket on a bed.

It has been clearer than I've ever seen it in over 50 years of life.

I then thought that it was a mixed blessing that Al Gore wasn't elected in 2000, for if he had been it's doubtful that he would've been so outspoken about the causes of global warming, and the consequences for the powerful oil companies.

The theft of the election freed him to spend his time and attention on a matter close to his heart, and his resultant filmed lecture (and book), *An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It* (Melcher Media/Rodale) has reached more people, at a deeper level, than any presidential press conference could've.

Although long derided by corporate-paid pundits and conservatives (why are people called 'conservatives' who don't care about conservation of the planet?) as tree-huggers and many environmentalists who want to destroy U.S. business, there are few thinking people who dare to challenge the obvious signs of global warming. In December and January, cherry blossoms bloom in Washington, D.C. Flowers and bugs react to the warmth like it's an early spring.

In the frigid polar region, polar bears are drowning -- drowning! -- because of the growing distance between ice floes.

Human habitation (at least in cities) is endangered in this new world formed by human hands.

How serious is global warming? Jim Hanson, Director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, wrote recently in *The New York Review of Books* (7/13/06) in the article, "The Threat to the Planet", what the difference of 5 degrees warmth means to global sea levels:

"Here too, our best information comes from the Earth's history. The last time that the Earth was five degrees warmer was three million years ago, when sea level was about eighty feet higher.

"Eighty feet! In that case, the United States would lose most East Coast cities: Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, and Miami; indeed, practically the entire state of Florida would be under water. Fifty million people in the US live below that sea level. Other places would fare worse. China would have 250 million displaced persons. Bangladesh would produce 120 million refugees, practically the entire nation. India would lose the land of 150 million people." [p. 13]

That means the land and living areas for over 570 million people, all around the world would go underwater: *5 degrees!*

Never in human history have people caused so much vast devastation on such a scale.

*This* is civilization?

This is one of the costs of 'the American way of life.'

The catastrophe threatened by such an ecological crisis kinda puts terrorism on another plane of worry, doesn't it?

There have been wars and rumors of wars for fuels that are contributing to the destruction of the earth, and the flooding of its cities.

Politicians haven't moved a muscle to solve this very real crisis. That's because they are, by their very nature, but henchmen for corporations, which are concerned only about profit.

This system ain't the solution. Indeed, it is the problem.

Only the people, repudiating the system, can begin to change this emergent tragedy, by working together to build a new world.

Copyright 2007 Mumia Abu-Jamal


tim said...

Hey Derek, where do you find text of Mumia's commentaries online? I haven't been able to track them down.

Anonymous said...

mumia is an unrepentant murderer. his commentaries are plagerized, un-original, leftist screeds that cynically pander to the ignorant.


Derek Wall said...

have posted Mumia details...judge anti-move by reading Mumia's columns, they seem good to me....

sushil yadav said...

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.

Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.

A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.





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