Who would put a bullet through the head of Mother Nature? Who would kill the Earth? What could such a crime be called. We look around for the smoking gun and find that one and all are joining in the great burning of fossil carbon fuel for energy, that releases the carbon atom into the air, that captures two oxygen atoms to become carbon dioxide (CO2), that goes into the oceans and turns the sea acidic, that can dissolve shell, that could destroy the ocean food chain, that could kill the sea, that could see algal blooms release hydrogen sulphide into the air that can kill life on land and destroy the ozone layer and kill more life on land with stellar radiation.
We are all holding the gun that fires the CO2 bullets through the head of Mother Nature. We are all guilty of killing the Earth.
As we teeter on the edge of the abyss in the midst of our bizarre crime wave, is there any act that we could undertake to make recompense for our criminal behaviour. The Earth is dying and only severe surgery can now save the life of life. We must build solar power stations in space to access the unlimited energy-well of the Sun to have the power to mine excess carbon from the air as a resource as swiftly as possible.
Marching around in a great circle on Earth like so many convicts, dealing with our problems in the same old ways as ocean acidity rises, will not save us. We must reach to the power of the Sun to be able to save the life of life, if we are prepared to put down the gun and become healers of the Earth.
With solar power stations in space we will also be able to move much industry beyond Earth and even build cities in space. We can save the Earth and also create an amazing Solar Civilization, if we will decide to stop our crime and act to heal the Earth.
Why would we choose a mass grave on a dead planet, when we could have a healthy Earth and become a star-faring society. We must act on our future beyond Earth and secure our survival in the Solar System, so that we will be assured of a future on Earth.
We must stop being killers and become healers of life.
Book review for “Sea Sick” by Alanna Mitchell
Toni Houston 3 March 2009
Sea Sick is the first book to examine the current state of the world’s ocean system, and the dire impact of humankind.
Human activity is altering the ocean in every way, from temperature to salinity, from acidity to circulation. Each of these changes not only drastically affects the marine world, but more alarming has dire consequences for all life on earth.
This is where the planet’s most serious ecological crisis is unfolding, and unfolding fast – in the Oceans.
Author Alanna Mitchell joins the crews of leading scientists in nine of the global ocean’s hotspots to see firsthand what is really happening around the world. Whether it’s the impact of coral reef bleaching, the puzzle of the oxygen-less dead zones such as the one in the Gulf of Mexico, or the shocking implications of the changing pH balance of the sea, Mitchell explains the science behind the story to create an engaging, accessible yet authoritative account.
Like countless scientists around the world, her research produces an alarming prognosis for the health of our planet, and reveals that we are at a critical ‘tipping point’.
Alanna Mitchell writes:
“When I think of the planet, I think of it as a body with some serious health problems. The evidence is that the chemical levels of its ocean-blood are changing and that is affecting such things as pH, metabolism, fecundity and ability to thrive. In a growing number of places, the very oxygen content of the ocean is trailing off. These are vital signs, and they are telling us that the planet is in distress. The planet is slipping into a biological and evolutionary unconsciousness. A point of no return. A switch.”
Sea Sick reveals that this ‘switch’ is already underway, deep beneath the waves. And that has dire consequences for us all. For all life on earth depends on the ocean for two critical things:
Oxygen: Over 70% of Earth’s oxygen is produced by phytoplankton in the sea. These humble, one-celled organisms, rather than the spectacular rain forests, are the true lungs of the planet. See example photographs ofplankton below.
Climate control: Our climate is regulated by the ocean’s currents, winds, and water-cycle activity.
Sea Sick is not only a chronicle of the ocean’s health, but a vital examination of the fate of our entire planet. It’s a book to be read, reread, and shared by all.
Canadian author wins 2010 Grantham Prize for Excellence in Environmental Journalism
June 22, 2010
NARRAGANSETT, R.I., June 22, 2010 – Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting has announced that Canadian author Alanna Mitchell is the winner of the 2010 Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment.
Mitchell, author of the extraordinary book 0″Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis” published in Canada by McClelland & Stewart and by The University of Chicago Press in the U.S., is the first book author to receive The Grantham Prize and the first Canadian entrant to win the $75,000 prize.
“We are proud to award Alanna Mitchell the 2010 Grantham Prize,” said Sunshine Menezes, executive director of Metcalf Institute and Grantham Prize administrator. “An engaging work, ‘Sea Sick’ clearly and eloquently explains the specific dangers facing global marine ecosystems. Mitchell faced her own demons to craft a story that showcases marine science – and scientists – in a balanced, accurate, and poetic fashion.”
The Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment honors outstanding coverage of the environment, and recognizes reporting that has the potential to bring about constructive change. The prize was established to encourage high quality environmental journalism in all media, while drawing attention to the subject of the prize-winning stories, increasing public awareness and understanding of environmental issues. The $75,000 Grantham Prize is awarded annually to nonfiction work produced in the United States or Canada during the previous calendar year in all media.
Philip Meyer, chairman of the Grantham Prize Jury said, “Reading Alanna Mitchell convinces you that the ocean is at least as important as the atmosphere when we worry about climate change. You cannot put this book down without understanding that, for life on earth to continue as it is, the ocean from which we evolved must remain healthy.”
Alanna Mitchell is a Canadian journalist and author known for her ability to describe complex ideas in plain language. She was the science and environment reporter at the Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, for fourteen years until she left daily journalism to devote herself to writing on science. In 2000, she was named the best environmental reporter in the world by the Reuters Foundation and was invited in 2002 to undertake a guest fellowship at Oxford University.
This led to her first book, “Dancing at the Dead Sea,” published in 2004. Mitchell, a native of Toronto, is an associate at the International Institute for Sustainable Development and is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on environmental issues.
Published in Canada by McClelland & Stewart, “Sea Sick” was released in the United States by University of Chicago Press (October 2009). “Sea Sick” examines the current state of the world’s oceans – describing an urgent yet little understood ecological crisis. Mitchell penned the 2010 Grantham Prize winner “Sea Sick” while joining the research teams of leading scientists in nine of the global oceans’ hotspots to see firsthand what is really happening in the world’s oceans.
Whether it’s the impact of coral reef bleaching, the puzzle of the growing number of oxygen-less dead zones, or the shocking implications of the increasing acidification of the sea, Mitchell explains the science behind the story in this engaging, accessible, yet authoritative account.
$75,000 Grantham Prize winner announced
Grantham Prize honors excellence in environmental journalism
NARRAGANSETT, RI — June 7, 2011 — Sunshine Menezes, executive director of the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting, and 2010 Grantham Prize winner Alanna Mitchell announced the 2011 winner of The Grantham Prize for Excellence in Reporting on the Environment. … and author Alanna Mitchell in 2010 for Sea Sick.
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