The BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and the biggest oil spill in American history leaked an estimated 206 million gallons into the Gulf of Mexico, and together with the oil plumes and chemical dispersants, polluted 16,000 miles of the Gulf Coast. (2010)
Why do we continue to extract and consume harmful, dirty and polluting fossil fuels for energy when we have plentiful, free, clean and renewable sources: solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and waves/tidal power?
We are here together today because of one purpose. We all recognize one problem, which is threatening us. We all care about this one world we live in, which is in peril. We all worry about our future, which is the one and the same frightful future for the whole human race. And we are all going to face it and strive to tackle this one problem.
This one problem is intractable and confounding but we must focus. We can no longer rely on someone else, especially the many leaders in the political and economic elites because most of them are too timid, confused, callous or selfish to act boldly. We have evolved to be highly intelligent and we indulge everyday to solve all sorts of complex problems, including abstract scientific mysteries. But as a human race, we fail to deal with the greatest threat of our kind: the non-sustainability of our species. We choose to bury our heads in the sand and this collective ignorance and cowardice have pushed this planet that we call home toward a precipice, where mass extinction continues, and where the current path will eventually lead to our own demise.
As a species, Homo sapiens have been successful and we become complacent. We ignore the warning signs. We have overpopulated this planet to the brink. We have pillaged our natural resources to exhaustion. We have polluted the water and the air that are paramount to our own very survival. Now with the continuous ravages from climate change, we are committing our own genocide in slow motion.
Our planet Earth continues to thrive and persevere long before we humans were here and long after we are gone. It is a self-sustaining entity with its own fine-tuned checks and balances. If we were smart, we should have learned from nature and followed her rules which govern Planet Earth for millennia. The Earth’s history told us so, but we do not listen.
In the past 100 years, we have been blessed with luck and perfect conditions to allow us to flourish and overpopulate, at our own peril. We naively believe that we are the master of the universe and everything on this planet is for our taking. Now Mother Earth has spoken. We are not the master. We are the subjects of her kingdom and we are not entitled to do as we please without her blessings. We are part of her ecosystem where we can be self-sustaining too, only if we obey her laws.
Is it too late for us to change the trajectory of our current path? Nobody knows. But it is urgent that something drastic has to be done now and someone audacious has to lead the new way now. Someone has to start breaking out of our modus operandi, our business-as-usual attitude and our comfort zone, to charter a new world order to replace the old self-destructive one.
Unfortunately, it has proven time and again that we cannot depend on the leaders of our governments to lead in this crusade. They have been irreparably compromised or hamstrung by the status quo to the point of incapacity. Every one of their efforts on the table so far has been underwhelming and offers too little too late to be effectual in quelling this crisis.
Where does it leave us?
That is why we are here today, all those present and like-minded, to embark together as one, hopefully on a new path for our own very survival, before it is too late, before it is past the point of no return, and before our fragile ecosystem is beyond salvageable for human sustenance. To start to repair the damages and redeem our sins, we must restore our planet to its natural order for the mutual benefits and synergistic cohabitation of all living species on Earth, whom we have taken for granted, whom we have neglected, whom we have exploited, but whom we may very well depend on for our own salvation.
Today is the inauguration of the Nature Order Zociety, where concerned citizens of the world will pledge to act and do the right things from now onward. We will do what is necessary, however uncomfortable, difficult and even painful to save ourselves, our future generations, our civilization and our Mother Earth from ruins. We will strive to live within our means smartly, sensibly and responsibly and build only sustainable, self-sufficient and resilient communities where we will complement nature and take our rightful place in the nature order. We have no other choice. This is the only way we can save our future. In fact, this is the only way we will have a future.
Let us imagine what if…
The Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) ‘heard’ the collision of two black holes that are 1.3 billion light-years from Earth. (2015)