1. Introduction

Mother Earth/ Gaia ‘s Blog
Earth year 4,492,056,017

Mankind, My children!

Please listen to my story. I was born 4.5 billion years ago and for most of my life I was a lonely, barren and uninhabited rock floating through space. Then a miracle happened and to my great joy, I gradually changed into a planet with my land, oceans and air teaming with life and vegetation and all living eco systems in harmonious balance. I was delighted and proud to be a mother to such profusion of life and to become known throughout the Universe as the “blue” planet.

Mankind taking over the world

Photo: Courtesy of WWF

If the whole of my history to date was shown as 1 single hour, then in just the last few minutes of that hour, you, Mankind, were born and because of your energy and intelligence you became my favourites. I let you dominate, bully and exploit my other children, did not discipline you enough when you were young, did not teach you right from wrong and continually made excuses for your bad behaviour and kept forgiving you. As a result, I now see that I spoiled you. You came to think that the whole of Earth and its resources were yours for the taking and that no one else mattered. In your greed and uncaring way, you took whatever you wanted without ever asking for my permission or thinking about the consequences of your actions on other species sharing the planet and even on yourselves. That is why I am now writing to you as individuals directly to try to explain the problem more clearly and to show you what needs to be done to nurse me and your species back to health.

Did you know that

  • About 66 million primary school children attend classes hungry and 795 million people around the world are undernourished while 1.3 billion tonnes of food ends of rotting in bins or spoiling worldwide?
  • More than 1 billion people do not have access to fresh water and at least 1.8 billion people have to use drinking water that is polluted with human toilet waste?
  • One in 5 persons lives on less than $1.25 per day and 836 million people still live in extreme poverty?
  • Each day 1000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation related diarrhoeal diseases ?

What can you do?

Each week, for the next few weeks, I will give you some basic facts and information about one of the major problems facing both of us and which will influence our survival. In particular, I will challenge you each day and ask What can you do? (get used to this expression and challenge. This will be abbreviated to and pronounced as wcydo (wich – ee – do) and I will be using this a lot in coming blogs!). After giving you some facts, I will suggest a number of simple actions that you, your family and friends can do to contribute to a solution. Please encourage others to befriend me and read my twice weekly blog and pass on the facts and proposed actions to all your family, friends and acquaintances. Ask them to then pass these on to their friends and acquaintances with the same instructions so that we can multiply the efforts to maximise our impact and to build a movement to take effective action to save us both.

Our work will start next week and tell others to join us to view these blog posts and to visit us on Facebook and Twitter to sign up for our newsletter and follow us. Get ready!

13. Climate Change

Earth year 4,492,056,017

Mother Earth/ Gaia‘s Blog

Mankind, My children

In my first blog I asked that you commit to following my blogs for a few weeks to give me a chance to explain the most important issues affecting our joint survival. In today’s Blog I want to talk about CLIMATE CHANGE.

The Problem

Worldwide Carbon Dioxide emissions have increased 50% since 1990. This and other factors affecting global warming are increasing global temperatures and increasing frequency and severities of storms around the world. In addition, for every 1 degree temperature increase, grain yields decline by 5% and Maize, Wheat and other major crops have been reducing by 40 Megatonnes per year between 1981-2002.

SDG 13 Climate change

Feeding the growing global population while crop yields are declining will become a problem. Oceans are warming and Arctic ice is melting, causing rising sea levels and severe risks and dangers for coastal populations and sea life.

Are you concerned about climate change and the devastating effects around the world?

Do you ever think about the millions in developing countries who have the least ability and resources to deal with such climatic disasters, affecting them when their homes, businesses and communities are repeatedly destroyed in storms? Now is your chance to do something to change the world!

The facts

  1. Over 1 million square kilometres of Artic ice is lost every decade
  2. Global warming caused sea levels to rise 19 cms between 1901 and 2002 and is expected to increase them by a further 63 cms by 2100
  3. Global warming has led to increased frequency and intensity of storms causing increased deaths and devastation around the world
  4. 1% rise in global warming results in a 5% reduction in grain yields affecting food security of the planet and even more problems for poor farmers

 wcydo (wich-ee-do    What Can You Do?)  

  1. Use more sustainable transport- walk, cycle or public transport, instead of using cars
  2. Use less energy – switch off electrical devices at wall plug sources when not in use
  3. Stop paper bank statements to reduce forest destruction (for wood to make paper)
  4. Donate to charities, such as www.nature.org
  5. Write to local and National politicians to support action on climate change
  6. Tell family, friends and others to join us and to do the same

Encourage others to join us and to visit us on Facebook to sign up for our newsletter and information about our proposed wcydo APP.  See you next week on blog 14.