It is a sad day for the people of Ukraine and indeed the rest of the world watching on, as Russia - yet again, demonstrates its distaste in the existence of the human race.
War on such a level, not only endangers the Ukrainian region and its closest neighbours, but puts at risk - like CoVid - the rest of the world. To let loose such devastating weaponry on any country and their population is a direct violation of the Geneva convention and yet, the world watches on as if this will never affect them directly.
Covid was airborne, and the world thought it would never grow and spread to the scale it has; now it is too late, and we must all live with the consequences of no one stepping in to regulate overuse and abuse of research in the name of human growth and advancement. Admittedly, the world has come to the decision that the pandemic came about by human error and by all accounts was a mistake, but we are paying a very high price.
The release of thermite rain bombs on Ukraine will be just as insanely dangerous to the human race when it enters our water system. Our world has no idea what this will do to the planet when it is used in such high concentrations and whether or not the planet and its inhabitants, will ever recover. Do we have to wait until it affects all of us before the UN council and world leaders take a stand against Russia?
This is no accident or mistake governed by human error. This is blatant disregard for human life and violates rights of all beings, residing on this planet. We cannot wait any longer. A year or more of unwarranted suffering to a country of people just minding their own business, is ludicrous.
Racist annihilation of Jews in WW1 very much comes to mind - this is no different. Have we not learned from the mistakes of past errors? Are we not above such petty arguments of dictatorships wanting to rule the planet? ...who by all accounts, should never be left to their own devices.
This war serves no purpose. It weakens Russia's ability to look after itself - pushes Russia into a corner where no one will ever want to deal with them again and therefore their ability to survive is nil. Russia, therefore, feels it has no other choice than to use condemned war tactics against Ukraine in order to 'win'... Whether or not it survives is irrelevant to government, only saving face and winning is now on the cards.
Russia feels it has lost too much 'face' and can only be 'heroic' in the eyes of its people if it annihilates Ukraine.
Poor Ukraine however, in wanting to stop their suffering, requests more and more global assistance, which they should have. Yet, it only extends the war and suffering on their people. Ukraine is no less deserving of a peaceful life than the rest of us. Why should the world carry on as if it doesn't affect them?
Global leaders should have put a stop to this, months ago - way before any of this pain and suffering came about. This is not 1914; it is 2023 and we should know better! Such playground bullies have no rights on our planet and should not be given preferential treatment, just because dealing with them is difficult. They will only grow to become more difficult to manage in the long run. They must learn to grow and respect all beings - including their own people, for whom they show little regard.
It's time to take a stand - this war has to end. Enough is enough!
- Horror moment flesh-melting thermite rain bombs blitz Ukraine town as Russia loses 1,000 men in deadliest day of the war (theworldnews.net)
- Russia unleashes thermite bomb on Donetsk village, Ukraine claims | Video | news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site
- Weapons of Mass Destruction – UNODA
- Horror moment flesh-melting thermite rain bombs blitz Ukraine town as Russia loses 1,000 men in deadliest day of the war | The Sun
- Russia attacks Ukrainian town with 'thermite bombs' as Putin reels from huge losses. | World | News | Express.co.uk
There is no doubt about it - something is definitely amiss in Mother Nature and we with CoVid, are not the only victims.
It seems migratory birds in White Sands, New Mexico have been dropping like flies - hundreds of bird carcasses line the hills and this is not the only place. Colarado, Arizona, Texas, Dona Ana County, Jemez Pueblo, Socorro and Roswell - the list is growing and the anomaly seems far more wide spread than avian biologists have ever seen.
Reasons for this devastating sight appears to be unknown - other than there being very little water and food available in the area. Birds of varying species have been affected, but strangely local birds in the region have not been affected.
Caring for our neighbours is far more broad than we can ever imagine. Keep an eye out in your region. Report all unusual fauna deaths to your local bio-security or DPI authority.
Earth Day - a poignant reminder
Today was Earth Day, and with all the action happening across the world in our preoccupation with CoVid19, I am sure there were many who also missed this wonderfully, poignant day.
There are so many reasons to stand up and take notice of today - for all the years this day has stood for the protection, understanding and due care of our planet - for what this day should mean to all of us, today is and was above all, one of the most important of celebrations in history.
In our world, where Mother Nature has taken her toll of misery over the years – of endless pollution and disrespect of all the gifts and treasures she selflessly provides to us all - now in the weeks of our own misery inflicted on us as a global species, Mother Nature has called the shots and now fights back for all she has endured over the years - prior and after the epic day of April 23rd 1970, when humans came together to assist her in her fight for survival.
We saw protests across the globe; hundreds of thousands of people demonstrating in Philadelphia Union Square; over 260 individuals cycling down the main street of Philadelphia and thousands more jam-packed into New York. All the way down 42nd street to Central Park, individuals demonstrated on Mother Nature’s behalf. Over 20 million people demonstrated across America alone. This was truly a historic day that called for the implementation of a Clean Air Act across the globe - an act that would prohibit industries from unscrupulous behaviour and their continued production of excessive CO2, nitrous oxide, methane and carbon emissions; one that compelled governments, businesses and individuals to take stock of their actions and make drastic changes for the betterment of mankind.
Today marks the 50th Anniversary of that very necessary Act, and while we suffer like never before – Mother Nature has for the first time in history, had a reprieve from our abuse.
With so many of our species ill, or on the lookout for CoVid19, the streets across the globe are barren, transport is void, emissions are at an all time low, and our skies enjoy miraculous clean air and breath-taking sunsets - like never before. Eight out of ten flights globally have been cancelled and given the marked reduction of fuel consumption, oil production sits just under, $40 a barrel.
Although this Act was put into play in America and onlooking countries rallied together to quickly follow suit, the collective idea of significantly reducing emissions in the coming years - some by 90%, fell way short of the bar. Today, we are still struggling.
Mr. Michael Gerrard – Environmental Law Expert at Columbia University states, “How people react to the return of normalcy after the pandemic will help define the crises wrecking the environment…A key question will be, do we have a green recovery, do we seize the opportunity to create jobs in renewable energy and in making coastlines more resilient to climate change?” he said. “The current US President clearly has no inclination to do this.”
Sadly, the US was more interested in offering a $25 billion bail out to the oil and gas industry, to help prop up air travel. In Australia, we too have followed suit, taking economic measures to retain the airline status quo, without thinking about the ramifications on our planet.
Earth Day couldn’t be a bigger reminder to think about what’s right. And if that doesn’t beat all, we have two more calendared reminders to make sure we act responsibly - Arbour Day and Anzac Day. Our trees are the breath that gives Mother Nature sustenance, and our ANZACs remind us to not only honour our past, but to honour our future – one that we can be equally as proud of.
As many of you might know, Australia is definitely doing it tough and it's not just our people. Our wildlife is equally suffering; most of them are unable to escape the force of the fires and perish in minutes. For those that are lucky enough to be rescued by our diligent firefighters and assisting wildlife specialists, a minimal few will have a chance at life.
Injured and badly burned animals - great and small, are arriving in droves at the RSPCA centres. These centres are being stretched to their limits and rely on the kind hearts of people across Australia to foster, take care of and then return to the wild, once this catastrophe finally comes to an end. Given, Australia hasn't even reached the middle of its summer period and true bush-fire season, this looks to be a long and painful experience for us all.
Australia, its people and wildlife - fauna and flora, have no idea how long and pronounced this situation will become and in such tragic situations, we turn to the outside world to lend a helping hand.
Yes, government is coming to the party, now reconvening parliament to discuss how to best assist victims, but the scale of this situation is enormous; federal and state funds, manpower are all stretched to the limit.
Given it is our driest Summer on record and there are close to 150 bush-fires burning across Australia - and a good half of them are uncontained, this means water is limited for everyone - man and beast alike. Water consumption is at an all time high, which will strain, stall and for many months to come - halt the production of basic needs i.e. food production and electricity.
Our situation is not going to go away overnight - fauna, flora and mankind will be out of place and suffering for months, if not years. But you can help the regeneration process by giving what you can, if not physically assisting, then monetarily sharing your blessings with those less fortunate.
Please keep Australia in your prayers; survival of life and limb, will be all up to the Gods - ...Selina
Here are 8 organisations you can donate to:
1. Australian Red Cross Disaster Recovery and Relief
The Red Cross supports a variety of efforts such as supporting people at evacuation centres and providing emergency assistance like cash grants to people who have lost their homes
2. Salvation Army Disaster Appeal
Salvation Army team members are providing meals to first-line responders and evacuees, as well as any other support needed, Major Topher Holland, the organisation’s General Manager of Strategic Emergency and Disaster Management, said in a statement.
3. St Vincent de Paul Society Bushfire Appeal (NSW)
Vinnies’ bushfire appeal helps provide food, clothing and money that bushfire victims may need to pay their bills.
4. NSW Rural Fire Service
You can either donate straight to the NSW RFS or to your local Rural Fire Brigade to support volunteer firefighters.
5. Country Fire Authority (CFA), Victoria
Like the NSW RFS, you can donate either to a specific brigade or provide a general donation.
6. The Victorian Bushfire Appeal
The Victorian Government teamed up with The Salvation Army and Bendigo Bank for the appeal, with all funds going to communities in need.
7. The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital
The organisation has a GoFundMe page that seeks funding for Koalas affected by the bushfires.
NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) rescues and cares for animals and is seeking donations for volunteer carers and rescuers that are “inundated” with them amid the bushfires.
This month, we thought we would help out a friend in need - our happy, go lucky dolphin species that brings us pleasure, every minute of our lives; an innocent, defenseless creatures who often fall victim to the likes of unscrupulous humans.
HONEY - the distressed dolphin, who is presently held captive in the defunct Inubosaki Marine Park Aquarium in Choshi, Japan is all alone in a huge tank of water. Not far from her are the remaining 46 penguins and 100s of fish and reptiles. The park has been closed for 9 months and no one tending to the remaining animals, except a few caring employees.
Please sign the petition and help out HONEY
and her captive friends.
Fortunately, our world is made up of wonderful human beings who make it their mission to help out those who can not speak for for themselves.
The Dolphin Project is an established non-profit charitable organisation, founded by Richard O’Barry. It dedicates its existence to the protection, welfare and fair treatment of dolphins across the world. On a very fitting - Earth Day, April 22, 1970 the organisation commenced with gusto, announcing its goals to ‘educate the public about captivity and where feasible – retire and or release, captive dolphins’ back into their natural habit.
With a mission of ending the exploitation and slaughter of defenseless dolphins, they frequently come to the aid of creatures that have been captured, harassed and sold into captivity purely for profit. Dolphin Project endeavours to halt the senseless slaughter of these beautiful creatures, as well as aid in the rehabilitation of previously captive dolphins so that can live out their remaining days in peace; free from harm, abuse and very much retired from the stage of capitalism.
To date, Dolphin Project has been party to bringing about change through documenting the unruly practice of dolphin capture/hunting, along the coast of Taiji, Japan. In 2009, their feature documentary entitled ‘The Cove’, won them an Academy Award. Their efforts were further rewarded by seeing through negotiations that put an end to the cruel and outdated practice of dolphin slaughter, in the Solomon Islands.
For over forty-eight years – Richard O’Barry has worked tirelessly around the world to end Dolphin cruelty; to cease the cruel captivity of dolphins for monetary gain and to be the voice for these gentle creatures when humankind loses the plot on animal rights and welfare.
His work has been acknowledged, praised, documented and awarded by the likes of: Huffington Post – ‘2010 Most Influential Green Game Changer’; O Magazine – ‘2010 Power List ‘Men We Admire for his Power of Passion’; Larry King Live; Anderson Cooper 360; Katie Couric; The Mike Huckabee Show and the list goes on. The controversial Animal Planet Television Series – ‘Blood Dolphins $’ and ‘The Cove’ opened the eyes of the world to dolphin atrocities.
Thanks to Ric and his team, dozens of dolphins now live out a full and safe existence in their natural habitat.
Find out the major issues affecting our world and the things you can do to help change the status quo.