Thursday, 6 June 2019


Rob Ayling, yer Gonzo Grande Fromage, writes:

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Thom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied within seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not?

Realized her days were numbered.First in shock,then awe
@the possibilities of extinction.She sat alone outside the Swedish Parliament,
until others saw ,understood and joined her.Now she has sparked a world wide movement
"A drop in the ocean ?"you say.But oceans are plastic islands,and they are not going away
And it is wrong to ask the young to carry our trash remains.100%recycling a necessity.
Diminishing demand for non-recyclables .Putting sweat equity into reafforestation&renewable energy enterprises.
These are but seeds and sprouts of our World Tree.Talking with each other adds to positive energies
But it is wise not to Pollyanna  or Chicken Little our chances.We have only one planet .
And our toxic uses need immediate reversing.

Numerous in-depth reports on climate change have failed to show in just how dire a predicament humans find themselves—essentially inches from total destruction—according to a new paper from climate researchers, one a former fossil fuel executive. They write that there is a "high likelihood of human civilization coming to an end" with the planet warming 2 degrees Celsius, per ABC News. But unless people and governments accept climate change and get to work to solve it immediately, there will be 3 degrees of warming by the year 2050, reads the analysis by Australia's Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration. In this scenario, all of the world's ice sheets disappear, the Amazon rainforest—one of the world's biggest carbon offsets—is largely destroyed, and almost one-third of all land surface becomes desert, reports Live Science. On top of that, 35% of land area and 55% of the global population will see more than 20 days a year of heat conditions "beyond the threshold of human survivability." With shrinking coastlines and food and water shortages, there are also likely to be wars for resources, perhaps nuclear wars, and more than 1 billion people will become refugees, reads the paper, concluding "climate change now represents a near- to mid-term existential threat to human civilization." "Human life on Earth may be on the way to extinction, in the most horrible way," former Australian defense chief Adm. Chris Barrie writes in a forward to the report. We still have time to act, but the effort won't be easy. According to the authors, we have 10 years to move toward a zero-carbon-emissions system, which "would be akin in scale to the World War II emergency mobilization." (Read more climate change stories.)

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