GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – Thunder rolled across my house this afternoon


It reminded me of when I was flying back from filming in South Africa in 1990.

I couldn’t sleep. I’d finished my book and I was bored so I raised the window shade and stared out into the night.

Below me, for as far as I could see to the curve of world, great balls of lightning were exploding all across the Eastern coast of Africa.

It was as spectacular as it was humbling .

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We might be the cleverest animal on the planet (after all there I was flying in a thin tube for thousands of kilometres and expecting to land safely and on time) but if we think new can abuse Nature and get away with it, the power of thunder and lightning tells us we must surely (and paradoxically) be the most stupid creature on the planet.

Last month the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) delivered its 700-page report to the United Nations telling us that we have about 12 years left before we reach the point of no return and life will become brutal for our children and grand children

We really need to listen to the thunder.

Consume less, share more , and think about how we can soften our impact on our environment. Otherwise Nature will eventually get rid of us as the irritant that we are.

Oh.. and a lightning strike directly above the Oval Office to convince Trump that icy storms and bitter winds are part of Global Warming would be helpful

Because right now, rampant capitalism is fuelling rampant climate change – an explosive mix that, left unattended and uncontrolled, will eventually destroy us all.


Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.


  1. Well that’s odd ’cause NASA has put out a warning about the coming mini ice age.
    Perhaps if Prof David Keith of Harvard Uni would stand down the planes involve in Stratospheric Aerosol Injection aka Hemispheric Solar Geoengineering aka Chemtrails the world’s climate might stand a chance of stabilizing and returning to the days of good ol’ yesterday when a cloud was a bloody cloud!

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