Posts tagged ‘environmental’

January 15, 2019

Some Prophetic Words from Leonardo daVinci

Da Vinci designed and created the specs for which materials were not available at the time and had the vision to see what was possible.  He understood physics and obviously didn’t like what he saw.  With the materials that we possess today, what might be possible with mind and heart like that?

On Metals – “There will issue from dark, gloomy caves something which will bring great sorrow, danger, and death on the whole human race; to many of those who seek it, it will after much suffering bring delight; but those who do not share in it will die in want and in distress.  It will engender unending treason; it will drive unhappy men to commit more murders, thefts, and acts of oppression; it will breed suspicion among those who seek it; it will destroy the freedom of free cities; it will take the lives of many; it will sow among men much fraud, deceit, and treason. 

O monstrous creature, it would be better for men if you returned to hell!  On account of you great forests are robbed of their trees and countless animals are robbed of their lives.”

On Man’s cruelty – “There will be seen on the earth animals which constantly fight among themselves, inflicting great harm and frequently death on each other.  Their enmity will know no bounds; their savage members will fell a great part of the trees in the vast forests of the world; and after they gorge themselves, they will continue to feed on their desire to inflict death and suffering and sorrow and fear and flight on all living creatures.  Through their measureless pride they will seek to raise themselves to heaven, but the excessive weight of their members will hold them fast to the earth.  Nothing will remain on the earth or under the earth and water that is not pursued, chased down, or destroyed; and it will be chased from country to country.  Their bodies will be the grave and passageway of all the living bodies which they have killed.

O world, why do you not open and hurl into the deep clefts of your abysses and caverns and no longer show to heaven such cruel and heartless monsters?”

Both quotes by Leonardo da Vinci are from Codex Atlanticus, codex in the Ambrosiana Library in Milan.  Published in eight folio volumes by Ulrico Hoepli, Milan for the Reale Accademia dei Lincei 1894-1904 and translated by Wade Baskins in his book, The Wisdom of Leonardo, pages 77-79.

April 15, 2012

Concerning the “greater good” and fracking …

These questions beg to be asked: 
How is it that any chemicals, endangering public health are allowed near any public water source, no matter what their purpose?
How has approval been given for these operations before substantive information has been gleaned concerning the longterm effects of fracking and essential precautions taken?
Once begun and the damage done, what choices will we have?  Why not prevention?
What amount of compensation would return our water, our air, our environment to its original state?
Who pays the unltimate cost?
How have our rights to clean air, water, food, a life-sustaining environment been given to entities that stand to profit from extraction at any cost?
Have we given up our rights by default?  Do we, in making our choices, consider the longterm effects of those choices?  Are our decisions informed by facts and founded on experience?  If not, are we willing to make the necessary changes?
According to EarthJustice, “in 2005, Congress included the so-called “Halliburton Loophole” in an energy bill. This provision exempting hydraulic fracturing from key provisions of the Safe Water Drinking Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Clean Air Act. Since that time, there has been only so much that locals, environmentalists, and public health advocates can accomplish regarding fracking regulation. Earthjustice has seen some success recently in chemical disclosure and local jurisdiction, however we do need new legislation to address this matter. One simple thing you can do is to ask your Member of Congress to cosponsor the FRAC and BREATHE Acts: “
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April 14, 2012

Ecological Studies of Wolves on Isle Royale

Once again, experience proves  that our direction concerning wild life management needs careful assessment, not only for the health of all wild species of animals, but for those like ourselves that rely upon diversity like the wolf.  As Native American legend tells it: where our brother the wolf goes, man will soon follow.  Consideration of this possibility, not from fear, but from sound observation and experience is essential.

The annual report from 2011-12 on  Isle Royale wolves and moose has found the lowest documented population of wolves since 1950 when numbers were first assessed, raising concerns about the future of wolves on the island.  Please look for the paper “Managing wolves on Isle Royale: What should be done if an icon of wilderness culture dies out?” written by researchers Rolf Peterson, John Vucetich and Michael P. Nelson to be published in The George Wright Forum this month.

I am including links below for information on the referenced article among others that may be of interest.