The march of progress: ONWARD!

Keep calm - and trash the planet...

My silence here of late is largely due to the distressing feeling that not only is humanity heading, in lockstep, in entirely the wrong direction; we’re changing pace from a jog to a trot, chivvied along by blinkered politicos whose vocabulary is constrained by a single word, one belying lunacy.

The word, of course, is ‘growth’.

I missed out on Overshoot Day.
Here’s an update of the current state of play:
People's Climate March, London, 21 September 2014
Earth Overshoot Day dates
2014: August 19
2013: August 20
2012: August 22
2011: September 27
2010: August 21 *
2009: September 25
2008: September 23
2007: October 6
2006: October 9
2005: October 11

* see my earlier post No Plan(et) B for an explanation of this apparent aberration.

You may be aware that our planet’s leaders (sic) have been invited to attend a junket Climate Summit in New York on 23 September 2014. A few concerned folks (including me, and, who knows, maybe even you?) will be attending various events around the world such as the People’s Climate March in advance of this occasion to try to raise awareness.

If none of this interests you, then perhaps I can entice you instead with JourneyQuest Episode One: ONWARD!

… After all, you must be in need of a little more *cough* encouragement.

PS nod kelled fokkad ka!*

* Yes, I know some orcish. See icon at foot of page for my geek credentials.

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About pendantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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8 Responses to The march of progress: ONWARD!

  1. Dear, when I look at the daily news my vieuws are permanently blurred. When I look at my garden the world is perfectly sain. I vote for a consumer’s strike for that is all we’re good for if we aren not by chance living in worse parts of the world where we are gun and canon fodder.

    • pendantry says:

      Heel goed gezegd!

      Ik probeer te helpen door niet te kopen meer dan ik nodig heb. Hmm … nu ik echt goed over nadenkt, ben ik een huichelaar; Ik hoef niet te roken. OK, Stoptober, ik zal uw uitdaging proberen dit jaar.

      (vertaling door Google Translate – laten we hopen dat het gevoel komt door …)

  2. John Crapper says:

    Consumer diarrhea is alive and well. Will be on the Streets in Seattle.

  3. witsendnj says:

    Wait what you don’t believe in green growth??

    • pendantry says:

      I see what you did there. Nice one! 😉

      Yes, growth is good (up to a point — the greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function). The word is another example of how anyone wishing to promote an ideology will have no qualms about capturing and redefining language to suit their own purposes. ‘Sustainable growth’ is such a clever example: It sounds so admirable, so desirable; how can one object to, let alone rail against it? And yet if we want to burn all the fossoil on the planet we cannot expect to live on it, too.

      Some forms of growth are good. I’m encouraged by the growth in awareness of the problems we face (while still being pretty much convinced that, barring a miracle, it’s too little, too late). 40,000 people marching in London for action on climate change was a spectacle I thought I’d never witness; to hear that there were ten times as many in New York is nothing short of astonishing. And yet we’re still being let down by a mass media that only gives minimal coverage to the event…

      “What do we want? Action on climate change! When do we want it? TEN YEARS AGO!”

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