Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day, from the International Space Station.

Here's something to think about. This video is taken from a spaceship, the ISS. The astronauts aboard have to carefully regulate their environment to keep it habitable, safe for human life.

Now, here's the thing. You're on a spaceship too, Spaceship Earth, our one and only biosphere. The International Space Station orbits Earth at around 15,000 miles an hour. Earth's rotational speed is around 1,000 miles an hour but Earth, in its orbit around the Sun, travels at nearly 67,000 miles an hour. And our galaxy itself travels through space at 490,000 miles an hour. In other words you are moving through the universe at over half a million miles each and every hour.

Yep, we're all passengers aboard a spaceship and, like those astronauts, we too have to carefully regulate Earth's environment to keep it habitable, safe for human life. Don't you think we've got a bit of catching up to do?


Toby said...


Toby said...

"Trudeau government delays climate action after oil patch lobbying"

The Mound of Sound said...

Trudeau can tell the plebs that the road to Canada's green future will be paved with ramped up bitumen production, Toby, but his games don't cut any ice with the fossil fuelers.

Dame Catherine's silly little remarks about what the government is committed to achieving by "2025" is a sop for the rubes. Shelving something for a nominal two years simply restores the status quo and two years is more than long enough for promises to be forgotten, swept down the memory hole.

The logical approach is how you would judge your kids or your friends. Judge these lying swine by how they've kept their other promises, their solemn commitments. Trudeau has shown us, again and again, that his greatest promises mean little to nothing once he's called upon to honour them.

I've noticed that even Liberals are becoming dispirited with their leader. That's a good thing.