Our Revolution of pollution
Today we quite literally are living in stretches and stretches of desert, because alike what Greta Thunberg said, “Our houses are quite literally on fire.” It’s up to you whether you choose to put yours out.
From the shoes you wear to the cocoon duvet covers you gladly conceal yourself within during the midnight slumber, they have detrimental impacts on your livelihood and planet. 800 people die every hour of air pollution, 95% of people breathe toxic polluted air, we have less than 1% of accessible fresh water in the world which is disconcertingly being polluted at a staggering rate. We currently fight over economic, territorial or religious gain. We will now be waging world wide war over water.
Earlier this evening, I went along my daily walk with my dog Amber, as always, usually being a pleasant, lenitive saunter along my canal for 40 to 60 minutes. I would inhale the fresh, crisp air as I enveloped the vibrant, lush greenery around me – it would caressingly wave towards us. The delicate song of young ducks, dancing trees and whistling winds would carry my mind into peaceful paradise. Not this time.
As we took the left route, following the obscenely bright pebbled path, I noticed my body begin to shudder as the busy surroundings became narrower and confined in the freedom of the autumnal blossom. So as Amber further jerked impulsively on wards (as dogs do) my mind meandered along with the illuded, ill body of water beside me. What once was constructed to transport ‘goods’ of coal, railway lines and drainage of toxins from the industrial era – now was saturated by the sickness and disease it once carried. The perdue stench cast me its sickness and disease – like a tattooed prisoner to our world of modern catastrophe. The rainbow slurry. The opaque, brown -speckled reflection. The toxic nectar our bodies drink.
Taken back my muscles fatigued, as I had engaged in the physical exhaustion of a lifetime, my legs became limp like jelly and my arms spasmed, shaken as if I had an epileptic shock and my heart decreased in vigor.
Could one image really have afflicted me to that degree? Is this disgusting poison really being poured into nature’s waterways? How can you really be responsible for this?
“Livestock is responsible for 65% of all human- related emissions of nitrous oxide – a greenhouse gas with 296 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide, and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years.”
I do not want to circulate hope or possibility, I am not writing to tell you what to do or to inform you on statistics. You are reading this because you know our urgency, all the facts, all of the events – but turn your face away. If you allow this global countdown to persist life on Earth will find a way, some ecosystems will adapt, but all humans will die out – extinction of your own species. This is your choice where we are each hold a share of individual responsibility in a global community.
The state of our planet is unimaginable and sheer, still it shows we can create unbelievable, mammoth change in a positive direction as well. It unfortunately is unavoidable to purchase single use plastic, harmful toxins and compounds and sometimes even animal products – nevertheless we can make changes:
By JAMIE WATERS
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“I don't want your hope, i don't want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic and act as if the house was on fire...”