The Daily Blog Open Mic – Thursday 22nd August 2019


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  1. “If we don’t work together, we are going to die together” – Roger Hallam | Extinction Rebellion
    Roger Hallam talks about how the October Rebellion is based on the “movement of movements” theme and why this focus is crucial to our success. In his inimitable direct yet larrikin style Roger emphasizes that now is the time for all of us to unite, to put any ideological differences between us into their proper context and to suspend any animosity towards others with different points of view. Or as Roger puts it, “We don’t have time to be snotty”. Solidarity, unity in diversity, compassion and love for all life… these are our antidotes to the massive climate and ecological crisis that confronts us.

    Amazon forest fires can be seen from SPACE: Wild blazes that are destroying swathes of rainforest and turned day to night in Sao Paulo can be seen in satellite images

    Satellite photos show smoke drifting thousands of miles over Brazil and its border with Bolivia, Chile and Peru
    Sao Paulo was blacked out on Monday and cars were forced to turn their headlights on in the mid-afternoon
    World Meteorological Organization maps show emissions drifting far out into the Atlantic close to West Africa
    Although more than 72,000 fires have been recorded in 2019, over 9,500 have ignited in the last week
    President Jair Bolsanaro accused NGOs today of setting the fires in retaliation for his environmental policy

    • +1 JAY11 – probably one of the most serious things effecting the world today…

      “Humans make wildfires worse. In the Amazon, humans are the underlying cause.

      But the Amazon rainforest, which remains drenched for much of the year, does not burn naturally. Instead, the fires are ignited by people. Farmers use slash-and-burn tactics to clear land for farming and pasture, though it’s illegal in Brazil this time of year due to fire risk.

      Illegal logging operations in Brazil have also been known to start fires as a tactic to drive indigenous people off their land and to cover their tracks. The Amazon rainforest has experienced a record number of fires this year, with 72,843 reported so far. It’s an 84 percent increase over the number of wildfires at the same time last year.

      People are deliberately starting fires in the #AmazonRainforest to illegally deforest indigenous land for cattle ranching

      Pataxó woman:
      “These assholes came in and burned down [our reservation]… I want all of the media here to see this”

      — Sunrise Movement (@sunrisemvmt) August 21, 2019
      “There is nothing abnormal about the climate this year or the rainfall in the Amazon region, which is just a little below average,” Alberto Setzer, a researcher at Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE), told Reuters. “The dry season creates the favorable conditions for the use and spread of fire, but starting a fire is the work of humans, either deliberately or by accident.”

      From the other side of Earth, here’s the latest on the Amazonia fires

      Produced by @CopernicusEU’s atmosphere monitoring service, it shows the smoke reaching the Atlantic coast and São Paulo

      DATA HERE▶️

      — WMO | OMM (@WMO) August 20, 2019
      The source of the current wildfires in Brazil is not yet known, and the government in Brazil is not all that inclined to find out. INPE’s director, Ricardo Galvão, was ousted from his job earlier this month after his agency reported an 88 percent increase in the deforestation rate in the Amazon.

      Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, called the deforestation data “lies.” On Wednesday, he accused non-governmental organizations of starting fires after the government withdrew funding for these groups. He provided no evidence for this claim.

      This deforestation stands to have major regional consequences. Without trees in place to anchor the soil and retain moisture, the underlying vegetation can dry out, making it easier to burn. Trees also evaporate a huge volume of water and emit chemicals that make it condense, helping the rainforest generate its own rainfall.

      Right now, the Amazon has been deforested by 15 percent or more from its primeval state and scientists are worried that if it reaches 25 percent, there won’t be enough trees cycling water through the forest. The region will cross a tipping point and eventually degrade into savanna.

      This has huge consequences for the rest of the world as well. The Amazon rainforest produces huge amounts of oxygen. Its vegetation holds on to billions of metric tons of carbon that could oxidize into heat-trapping gases.

      The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change earlier this month reported that conserving areas like the Amazon rainforest will be integral to mitigating climate change. But with the current pace of wildfires and deforestation, the world is rapidly galloping in the wrong direction.”

  2. As if we don’t have enough environmentally destructive fantasist nut jobs in charge of our planet…

    “Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday accused non-governmental organisations of setting wildfires in the Amazon rainforest to damage his government’s image after he cut their funding.

    Bolsonaro, who has shocked environmentalists with plans to open the Amazon to business interests, said NGOs could be behind the record number of wildfires this year, although he presented no evidence to backup his claim.

    Bolsonaro said “everything indicates” that NGOs are going to the Amazon to “set fire” to the forest. When asked if he had evidence to back up his claims, he said he had “no written plan”, adding “that’s not how it’s done”.

    Bolsonaro said the slashing of NGO funding by his government could be a motive for them burning down the forest as they seek to bring his government into disrepute.”

  3. Our family like likely to vote for ‘Social Credit’ now during the 2020 election, because Social Credit is far more ‘socially responsible’ above all others, at a glance.

    All the other parties at present appear to be leaning towards being “risk adverse” as they are all desending into the big dark hole of being risk adverse and willing to endanger our poulation and damaging the health and wellbeing of all citizens now.

    There are far better ways for political parties to meet with providing citizens with health and welbeing success while taking a bare minimum of risk.

    Risk-averse politics now seem to favour the method of playing it safe, preferring slow and steady gains to the possibility of a political failure.

    The first key to managing the risks involved in any project is to make an assessment.

    Developing a framework for risk assessment is worthwhile, and it doesn’t have to be a complex or high-budget endeavor.

    Risk assessment involves taking stock of any project and determining what problems could arise beyond normal expenses.

    Many outside factors must be considered, such as any adverse environmental impacts to citizens interests, while assessing the economy, citizens demand and labour relations.

    A good risk assessment takes account of anything that could go wrong with a project and firstly must have regard for the cost to provide Environmental, social, health and wellbeing responsibility then determine what it would cost would finally be.

    Risk assessment allows a political party to decide if proceeding with a project is worthwhile, ater first considering their responsibility to provide citizens with Environmental, social, healh and wellbeing.

    Labour needs to shut down half the truck freight and spend big on regional rail, as rail has a definate proven safety advantage while offering a ‘low carbon footprint’ as well.

    This simply one way to save our ‘Environmental, social, healh and wellbeing’, as there are many more that need addressing also.

    Yesterday the national shadow transport MP said “NZ are registering 1200 new vehicles each day”.
    QUESTION; Labour what are you doing to reduce the vehicle fleet?

    nothing I see here if these numbers are correct.
    We need a bold policy of ‘action not words.’

    As the saying goes; -“Action speaks louder than words”

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