We Are Here

Our waterways are a mess. Our infrastructure is crumbling. The idea of a society connected through a common medium has rendered us isolated. What’s more? We’re on the brink of total environmental collapse. How do I know? Let’s find out and file this Monday Mayhem post under pending doom. No fear mongering here. Just fiction. Or is it?

The Blob [Photo Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration]

The Blob [Photo Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration]

The other day I came upon an article in the news describing of place in the ocean where no life exists. Apparently, science has labeled the phenomenon a “blob” If you’re familiar with the 1950’s movie that goes by the same name, the condition is relatively dissimilar in concept but still scary. The blob has taken over a good chunk of ocean and is growing. No one knows where it came from, and no one knows when it will stop consuming vital marine life. Science can’t even say if it’s even evolving into anything.

Then there’s this thing that’s happening off the coast of Japan where jellyfish are depleting marine life and spawning an infestation. Fishermen can’t seem to get rid of the animals. When caught in the nets, the fishermen kill what they can and throw the remains back in the ocean. The problem? The jellyfish harbor millions of eggs that pour into the deep and continue the cycle of infestation. Science hasn’t figured out how to stop them. In the meantime, Japanese fishing has taken a hit, rendering the industry helpless to the unwanted beasts. How soon will it be before nothing in the ocean survives?

Antarctica's Melting Ice Caps

Antarctica’s Melting Ice Caps

And the hits just keep on comin’ with the melting of the ice caps. It was inevitable that one day it would happen. No one believed it could have happened so quickly, though. One of the news agencies has taken a time-lapse video of what is actually going on in the Arctic. The entire shelf is crumbling as I write this. Russia, the United States and Canada are in the midst of claiming ownership rights to the new waterways formed by the phenomenon. The entire planet could soon find itself in one of the most contentions international disputes this side of World War II. That is in addition to the coastal water levels rising around the globe.

Can it get any worse? It sure can. The population of the world is accelerating at a rapid pace. What was once a breadbasket, United States is having trouble keeping up with demand. To aid with the sudden surge in the food supply, prices have skyrocketed while packaging has shrunk. The droughts in the west haven’t helped either. Last summer’s devastating water shortage has placed a strain on everything from cooking to showering. Lawns have gone dry. Imagine what has taken place in farm country. The drought coupled with the population growth not only has left the economy in the lurch but also has purged the supply chain dry.

It will only take a miracle now to reverse what has happened with the earth. Do you believe in miracles?

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What do you think of what’s been happening to our environment? Is there something we can do to help?

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  1. hello jack flacco its dennis the vizsla dog hay after all the hyoomans ar gawn kan i hav yore stuf??? thanks!!! ok bye

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  2. We’re doomed! We’re all doomed!

    Seriously, I’m just glad I was born in the sixties so I got to read great comics, listen to great music, and grow up to read great books and see great movies. Now its all going to ****. Comics are crap, movies are mindless, all the best authors are all dead. And there’s too many cars and people around now. Oh well. I pity those who are born today. Its all going Soylent Green.

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  3. Well, I’m off to kill myself. There’s no hope. Having studied and researched history in the evolution of towns, cities and landscapes I don’t think anything will change unless there is some kind of social catastrophe such as a major international war. The world seems to head towards increasing inequality and then violently corrects itself. I don’t know when it’ll happen, but the next one will certainly be the ugliest.

    And I have no faith in younger generations to turn things around; most young people seem to be more obsessed with photographing their sandwiches, and their idea of protest is a snazzy hashtag on Twitter. They say they care, but I don’t see much evidence that they actually do.

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  4. I’m a firm believer in global warming. The earth does go through cycles of warming and cooling but I think this most recent warming cycle has sped up due to what we humans are doing to this earth. I do what I can to combat my footprint – hang clothes outside, purchase and use natural products, have a car that is low emissions and is good on gas, etc. However, more needs to be done by the higher polluters and abusers of over fishing, over hunting, etc. That’s the miracle that is needed. Awareness, concern, and a desire to make significant, meaningful changes. We need to live in harmony with the earth, not destroy and deplete it to the point of no return.

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  5. Yes, I believe in miracles. I’m counting on it now more than ever after reading this post 🙂

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  6. like any parent i fear for my children’s future but at the same time i think it is their generation that will turn things around as more and more of them realize that it is up to them. what our generation and the ones before us started the younger generations will need to stop.
    i know amongest my own family it is my children and nieces and nephews that are looking forward and seeing what they can do, as they start families they are more often than not deciding on having just one child. they are changing the way they shop so to allow for more sustainability and they are watching their global footprint more than we ever did. it is up to us to teach our kids not to make the same mistakes we did, teach them to do the small things that will result in a big impact on the environment.

    Being from New Zealand we were taught from a young age to do what we can to keep the clean green image New Zealand has intact, to leave only footprints and take only memories where ever we go, we fight against unnecessary oil drilling and coal mining to keep our country as beautiful as possible, we don’t let the big corporations or the government bully us into ruining the county.we only get one chance to do the best we can. keep it clean, keep it green, its a good motto to live by if only we could take that philosophy world wide

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  7. You inspired me to blog a little today. Give a read and let me know what you think. thanks Barry

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  8. Reblogged this on Contrafactual and commented:
    Reblogged with video

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  9. I fear the future for my grandchildren and their grandchildren. Soon the lungs of earth, the Brazilian Rainforests will be no more. Add millions of cars into China with no limits to carbon emissions. This is the extinction of the world with no comet. We are the enemy and we will smile like fools on a hill until it is too late. Hell is coming and it will suck the earth dry.

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  10. Aye, I do believe in miracles. It seems dire from time to time, only for other “news and information” to say the opposite. No one knows the cause exactly for the problems we do have. One side claims something, but we find out they’ve been manipulating data. The other side claims something else, but we find out they just make the stuff up. I do believe in miracles, though, and I do believe one day it will all be restored. Might get a whole lot worse before then, but one day.

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  11. Uh, is there a better word than dire? Sadly, humans as a species aren’t exceptionally bright. It won’t be until it’s too late before things change. I’m rather cynical about the whole thing, so I’m not the best one to get a positive message from on this one. Just seems those that are pushing for a change in the right direction are constantly thwarted by those who want only money and power.

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