Militarism’s Role in the Sixth and Possibly Last ‘Great’ Extinction

U.S. Military World’s Largest Polluter – Hundreds Of Bases Gravely Contaminated
Producing more hazardous waste than the five largest U.S. chemical companies combined, the U.S. Department of Defense has left its toxic legacy throughout the world in the form of depleted uranium, oil, jet fuel, pesticides, defoliants like Agent Orange and lead, among other pollutants.”

“One of the most recent testaments to the U.S. military’s horrendous environmental record is Iraq.”
“U.S. military action there has resulted in the desertification of 90 percent of Iraqi territory, crippling the country’s agricultural industry and forcing it to import more than 80 percent of its food. The U.S.’ use of depleted uranium in Iraq during the Gulf War also caused a massive environmental burden for Iraqis. In addition, the U.S. military’s policy of using open-air burn pits to dispose of waste from the 2003 invasion has caused a surge in cancer among U.S. servicemen and Iraqi civilians alike.”

“The 20,000 tons of “stressors” mentioned in the EIS do not account for the additional 4.7 to 14 tons of “metals with potential toxicity” that the Navy plans to release annually, from now on, into inland waters along the Puget Sound in Washington state.”

“In response to concerns about these plans, a Navy spokeswoman said that heavy metals and even depleted uranium are no more dangerous than any other metal, a statement that represents a clear rejection of scientific fact. It seems that the very U.S. military operations meant to “keep Americans safe” come at a higher cost than most people realize – a cost that will be felt for generations to come both within the United States and abroad.” This story is continued at U.S. Military Worlds Largest Polluter

“Internal documents obtained by the Japan Times offer evidence that the contamination of local drinking water sources near a massive U.S. airbase in Japan is the result of years of repeated mishaps and “lax safety standards” by U.S. military forces.”

“The reports, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, “expose a spate of accidents at the [Kadena Air Base in Okinawa] during the past 15 years that have involved at least 21,000 liters of fire extinguishing agents—some of them toxic.”

“The reporting cites several such instances, including a three-day period in 2001 when 17,000 liters of fire extinguishing agents were released and “attributed by base officials to mechanical and electronic malfunctions.”

“It also cites an incident in 2015 when “a drunk U.S. Marine activated a firefighting system. It filled a hangar with more than 1,500 liters of JET-X 2.75 percent—a foam classified by the U.S. government as hazardous. It contains chemicals known to cause cancer, and neurological and reproductive disorders.” That foam made its way to local waterways, but the base did not notify Japanese authorities.”

“The U.S. Pacific Air Forces issued a statement in January that—despite the detection of toxic substance in the drinking water sources— the water was safe because it is adequately treated before consumer use.”   New Docs Link Polluted Drinking Water Supply to Massive US Military Base

“Official Iraqi government statistics show that, prior to the outbreak of the First Gulf War in 1991, the rate of cancer cases in Iraq was 40 out of 100,000 people. By 1995, it had increased to 800 out of 100,000 people, and, by 2005, it had doubled to at least 1,600 out of 100,000 people. Current estimates show the increasing trend continuing.”
A forty fold increase in just 14 years in just the human species. This ecological and genetic destruction will also be cascading through the non-human species as well.

Two US-led wars in Iraq have left behind hundreds of tonnes of depleted uranium munitions and other toxic wastes. by

A constant disconnect I have witnessed in 40 years of activism is the failure to link ecological activism and anti-war activism. Every war is a war on the biosphere and all it’s inhabitants. It’s not particularly complex, it’s the Military Industrial Complex;
Military Industrial Complex

WAIHOPAI SPYBASE PROTEST    Aotearoa New Zealand                                  

    January 25-27, 2019

“In light of the disastrous Trump Presidency – why is New Zealand still an active and willing part of the US Empire? The US intelligence and nuclear war machine controls the NZ Government Communications Security Bureau. The GCSB is now legally allowed to systematically spy on New Zealanders; as well as routinely spying on any number of other countries, on behalf of the US National Security Agency (NSA). And the NSA spies on everyone. More pressure must be put on the Government to end the anti-democratic and destructive activities of this NZ spy agency.” Anti-Bases Campaign

On the December 2018 episode of Nature Bats Last, myself and Professor Guy McPherson will interview Roger Hallam from the Extinction Rebellion movement where I intend to address this disconnect. The show will be uploaded to the archive with the previous 121 shows which are embedded at the following link; Nature Bats Last on The Progressive Radio Network.

“The WFP has warned that Yemen is on the brink of a full-blown famine, with 18 million of its 29 million population food insecure, 8.4 million severely so.”
The war on Yemen is being conducted by the monsters in the House of Saud who  recently murdered and dismembered Jamal Kassahoggi, a former journalist with the Washington Post.”A campaign to remove Saudi Arabia from the UN Human Rights Council has been launched by a group of British lawyers, who argue the desert kingdom’s membership of the body is “contradictory and ironic”.Saudi Arabia should be dropped from UN Human Rights Council, say British lawyers

Soon the living will envy the dead, the time we have left is infinitely less than most realise or are prepared to accept.
“At the edge of extinction, only love remains”.

I’ll leave the last word to the late great Bob Marley who I had the honour of seeing play in Aotearoa N.Z. in 1979. Almost no one listened to the message Bob, sorry.

I'm an anti-imperialist, environmental activist and blue ocean sailor, who is passionate about the earth and all it's inhabitants without favour. Brace for imminent impact as we bare witness to the non-linear unraveling of the biosphere and habitability disappearing for most if not all complex life on the only habitable planet we know of. To quote President Niinistö in North Russia: ‘If We Lose the Arctic, We Lose the World’. Folks we have lost the Arctic.

Posted in Abrupt Climate Change, Activism, Dahr Jamail, Extinction Rebellion, Military
121 comments on “Militarism’s Role in the Sixth and Possibly Last ‘Great’ Extinction
  1. Paul Judge says:

    A great post Kevin, and very timely to say the least. You may be aware of French philosopher and social theorist Paul Virilio, whose book ‘Popular Defense and Ecological Struggles’, published in 1978, was possibly the first major critique of US militarism from an ecological perspective. In it he writes, “More than ever before, the experimental sciences are trying to justify an art of warfare which is becoming all the more autonomous as the political State dies out. Removed from the historical conceptualiser and from national and other ideologies, it becomes once more a pure operation, a phenomenon without true intelligence. And the haphazardness of great ecological catastrophes perfectly foreshadows what could result – on the social, economic, industrial or biological level – from a nuclear post-war which the technicians themselves qualify as unthinkable, but which they nonetheless refer to more and more frequently. This was no doubt the most frightening aspect of the American involvement in Vietnam, in which destruction stopped being simply urban or logistical, as it had been prior to this, but instead spread over the entire territory, Beyond the defoliation and relentless destruction of the agricultural environment, didn’t one American general even recommend covering the entire world with cement, paving it over, to have done with popular resistance once and for all?”

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  2. Gypsy Gail says:

    Several years ago I attended the funeral of a young veteran who had been an interrogator in Iraq. He became a contentious objector so they put him to work at a huge burn pit. He later died of cancer. Members of Veterans For Peace(a great organization to be involved with) attended his funeral. It was a very sad day and to know our military contributed to his death is just sickening!

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  3. Kevin Hester says:

    Via my friend Julien Baril on Facadebook;
    Martha Wainwright “Pretty Good Day” (1999 Loudon Wainwright III) 😉

    I slept through the night, I got through to the dawn
    I flipped a switch & the light went on
    I got out of bed, I put some clothes on
    It was a pretty good day so far
    I turned the tap, there was cold, there was hot
    I put on my coat to go to the shop
    I stepped outside & I didn’t get shot
    It’s a pretty good day so far
    I didn’t hear sirens or explosions
    No murders coming in from those heavy guns
    No UN tanks, I didn’t see one
    It’s a pretty good day so far
    No snipers in windows, taking a peak
    No people panic, running scared through the streets
    I didn’t see any bodies without arms, legs, or feet
    It’s a pretty good day so far
    There was plasma & bandages & electricity
    Food, wood & water & the air was smoke-free
    No camera crews from my TV
    Pretty good day so far
    It was all such a strange sight to behold
    Nobody was frightened, wounded, hungry, or cold
    The children seemed normal, they didn’t look old
    Pretty good day so far
    I walked through a park & you would not believe it
    There in the park, there were a few trees left
    And on some branches, there were a few leaves
    It’s a pretty good day so far
    I slept through the night, I got through to the dawn
    I flipped the switch & the light came on
    I wrote down my dream & I made it this song
    It’s a pretty good day so far


  4. seal says:

    The nationalist propaganda that fuels the military in this country is incredibly powerful, Kevin, and it is insidiously all-encompassing at this point. Every where you go, everything you see, everything you hear has a blatant pro-US military hero worship slant. It’s freaking disgusting. You know all this having gone against the nuclear war machine.

    With the ‘economic draft’ imposed by the corporate wealthy there is a never-ending stream of Imperial cannon fodder lining up for any kind of job. Last statistic I read said nearly 36% of people between 18 and 34 are living with their parents, and that is mainly because they don’t get paid enough to survive in this predatory economy.

    The illusions are powerful, An interesting statistic that the corporate MSM in this country are not screaming about is that about 35% of the mass murderers are military. Imagine if 35% of them were black lesbian single moms. Think that wouldn’t get screamed in big letters across the headlines? There’s be Congressional committees being set up to investigate…

    When the draft ended in ’73 I remember the military eating it in terms of ‘decent’ volunteers. Even with Nixon’s ‘Stag-flation’ economy of no jobs the poor were not lining up to join. Vietnam taught a hell of a lesson but that only lasted until Reagan started paying corporate costs to ship the manufacturing factory jobs to Mexico along with actively destroying Labor Unions. Gutted the lower middle class (which isn’t, they’re working class but it’s a good way to divide and conquer workers). Been downhill ever since no matter which side of the political coin is in power because it is all funded by the same tiny percentage of the population, and they profit handsomely from the new status quo. Which is an awful lot like the old status quo.

    The politicians from both sides feed the program and it has now reached a pinnacle of perfection in terms of near-subliminal messaging. With the benefit of today’s technology, I see unprecedented power in the hands of the wealthy. That has resulted in visions of ostentatious grandeur.

    Since the unPATRIOT Act was put into place by Pres. ‘Shotgun’ Dick Cheney and his little Wanker bush sockpuppet, an entirely new generation of ‘adults’ turned 18 this year who have NEVER lived without this propaganda infesting every nook and cranny of their lives since the day they were born. They know no other form of thinking having never been exposed to anything else. Those who own and operate this Empire have to be ecstatic as to how well the PNAC has turned out.

    And as for B.Marley, I’ve been listening to him since the late 70s when a couple surfers I knew handed me a couple of records they had picked up on a month long island-hopping surf trip in a 42 foot Morgan. Speaking truth to power usually gets you disappeared. Or jailed.

    On another tack, I’m taking ‘Farewell to Ice’ in small gulps of a chapter or two at a time. I’m halfway through 10’s Strange Weather. Tonight (it’s 3am PST) I went to Arcticblogspot and surprise surprise the last couple of chapters about methane that are bouncing around in my brain just fit ever-so-nicely with the latest two postings on the Methane Monster. Both the El Nino on the 16th and today’s 26th article are all about methane, and a vid of Wadham’s and Borlace are on todays (that my slow dial-up doesn’t download).

    Ya know something? I’m not sleeping that well lately. I’ve got vampire bar musician hours from too many years playing music in bars so 3am is normal, but I’m not sleeping much more than 4 hours at a time anymore. I even grabbed my rock board and went snowboarding today after cutting firewood all morning. Just to wear myself out even more and here I am at 3:58am….

    Big sigh.


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  5. Paul Judge says:

    Here’s a great reworking of the classic Bob Dylan song Masters of War, with a powerful video,

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  6. Kevin Hester says:

    Another great, wide ranging interview with the inspirational Dahr Jamail covering his time in imperialist war ravaged Iraq and his transition to reporting on the climate crisis and the role militarism is playing in the sixth great extinction.
    Dahr and I have both worked in war zones and have witnessed atrocities that should never be experienced or witnessed by anyone.
    He stayed with me on Rakino Island and it was only after discussing his PTSD did I reallise I was suffering from it unknowingly.
    Dahr’s latest book “The End of Ice” will be published on January 15th next year/month and Dahr will be touring the US, Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. I’ll be co-ordinating the Aotearoa tour so stand by for more details as we finalise details. If anyone would like to organise a book launch presentation in their town feel free to contact me.


  7. bothandeach says:

    Posting interview separately. Looking forward to “The End of Ice”. “off-the-cliff” plainly

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  8. Annette Kaye says:

    When is he likely to be in NZ? And/or any chance of a UK visit?

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  9. Kevin Hester says:

    “Lockheed’s revenue from the U.S. government alone is well more than the total annual budgets of the IRS and the Environmental Protection Agency, combined.” Digest that for a second! wow!


  10. Kevin Hester says:

    The reduced emissions from all the squirly light bulbs and all the electric cars on the planet wouldn’t count for a week of the US militarys carbon footprint which is just one means it is grinding the living planet into dust.
    Around this time someone shoots the messenger;


  11. Alistair Rose says:

    The irony and gross stupidity is the American military machine wasting so much fuel chasing after every last drop off oil. If all the oil supplies in the ground were to mysteriously run out today we might just might have a fighting chance! If. Big old word!!!

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  12. Gypsy Gail says:

    About four years ago, I attended the funeral of a young Iraq war veteran who had become a contientious objector while an interrigator.
    His new duty was working in the burn pits. Everything went in there, from chemicals to plastic to human body parts. After he came home, he helped to found Iraq Veterans Against the War and was even invited to the Vatican to meet with the Pope, which he did.
    Then he was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in his adrenal glands and his lungs. At age 38 he died. Members of Veterans For Peace, including myself, attended his funeral with heavy hearts.
    Now the saber rattling with Iran is becoming dangerously loud and I hope and pray the voices of reason can drown out the calls for yet another war!

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  13. Kevin Hester says:

    “A broad carbon footprint”
    “I have studied war and peace for four decades. But I only focused on the scale of U.S. military greenhouse gas emissions when I began co-teaching a course on climate change and focused on the Pentagon’s response to global warming. Yet, the Department of Defense is the U.S. government’s largest fossil fuel consumer, accounting for between 77% and 80% of all federal government energy consumption since 2001.”


  14. Kevin Hester says:

    “The polar circle is home to 13 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil and 30 percent of its undiscovered gas. Last but not least, the “abundance of uranium, rare earth minerals, gold, diamonds, and millions of square miles of untapped resources” is worth competing for.”
    This is how the human movie and the living biosphere draws to a close wit the super powers fighting over the last frontier.
    In the embedded video you can see an armoured personel carrier firing and lots of black smoke coming from the barrels. That’s aerosols that deposit on the ice, lowering it’s albedo, speeding up the melt.
    If your an environmentalist and not opposed to militarism and imperialism you’ve missed one of the main drivers of the sixth great extinction.


  15. Jochen (Jea) Kik says:

    To save our lifeworld on this planet, being in this ‘house on fire’, we have first to extinguish the major cause of conflagration and the fire accelerant, which is nothing else than our monetary wold system which we have to extinguish replacing it fully and completely with the global digital networkings or we simply don’t have any chance to keep our lifeworld..!

    This world can only be saved and transformed In the necessary speed and in that scale intodrucing the, in history books subsequently really described as that, ‘digital era’ by replacing fully and completely the ‘monetary era’ with it!
    This crisis can only be solved replacing, overcoming and eliminating the ‘monetary era’ with the ‘digital era’!

    The world has to hold its breath, to escape ahead and to redefine its civilization!

    The influences and effects of monetary systems can not be changed simply by trying to change the effects or just by changing them..

    “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” Buckminster Fuller

    For this great project of a currecy&tradeFree-OneWorldSociety, to pull an ’emergency brake, to do this radical change of course the world has to grow together, has to become one!

    For Banners:
    System change, not climate change! (that’s the known one)

    Save this Planet! Replace the monetary world system fully and completely with the digital networkings in global cooperation!

    Replace the monetary world system | Shut down the monetary world system
    (fully and completely)
    with the digital world system! | with the help of the digital networkings!
    (Which only allows the radical change of course!)

    Longer presentation:
    Our main objective and our main task as humanity in this very historical moment in order to keep our ecosystem on earth alive and thereby our world civilization, is to overcome the ‘engines of combustion&destruction’ of the current ‘WorldFinancial&TradeSystem’ with the help of the implemented computersystemic global digital networking..

    I would like to give some further reflections, arguments which show a bit why we can’t succeed getting out of fossil energy as a larger part within the next 10 years keeping our world financial&trade systems, as no other of the big problems can be solved..
    .. of this amount of 280 trillion USD, as the global sum of investment and assets, about 90% is in conservative investment models, because they guarantee stability and the most of the profit.. no one of the big, often of nationally bound investment trusts or banks can deduct their shares within these very few years which are left, in investments which don’t bring the same amount of profit.. no one is allowed to step back or the competitor could gain advantages in order to determine the rules.. here to mention are especially countries like the USA, China, Russia, countries of the Middle East, even smaller countries like Venezuela, Ukraine, etc. depending on these huge revenues by oil&gas.. China makes a lot of money exporting coal.. Europe would maybe get an advantage if the other leading countries would have to pay a tax (carbon price, etc.) or are cut-off these revenues..

    or: .. the global investments and shareholdings of the big banks and asset management firms in this world, of about 280 trillion USD, in a large part closely linked in the most profitable business models (including especially oil, gas and coal), these finances can’t be transfered in the necessary speed in other (also less profitable) investment models without that the whole system could even crash (as it did almost crash already in connection with real estate investments in 2008)..
    Furthermore, these transfers could only be done globally and simultaneously, but would interfere deeply in global power relations, such that numerous countries economically depending on fossil energy like the States, Russia, China, countries of the Middle East, etc. can’t and won’t participate..! These countries, all connected companies and financial institutes would have to be compensated ongoing for their loss of income.. who will pay, how much and how long for each of them..?

    Finally there is only this solution left to keep our ecosystem alive.. a ‘currency&tradeFree-OneWorldSociety’..!

    Coincidently, we have a much better ‘tool’ as an organisational tool for mankind, for our world population.. the implemented computerized global digital network.. which is a much better device than currency&trade systems are.. considered by themselves the computersystemic networkings have a much greater power as an organisational tool as any kind of monetary systems ever had.. Technologically we could switch them off and transfer our world organisation (which is now running mainly using currency&trade systems simultaneously as the driving engine) immediately onto the computersystemic global digital networking, or within 2-3 years of preparation in order to transfer it at a specific date..

    The only thing missing is the consciousness, the conviction and the will of the world population..! If this would be the case, we could go out of all kind of money&tradesystems, of this WorldFinancialSystem, while creating a one world society (keeping all kind of regional cultures, traditions, religions, languages and so on)..

    Now, since the whole world has to fight a survival battle, which can only be won united, it’s even essential to get the awarness and the will to overcome our current organisational system..
    Maintaining the contemporary world financial&trade system, with all the inherent forces of competition, conflicts and concentration, we don’t have any chance to keep our lifeworld alive.. we are forced to do this step forward in human history..!

    Therefore, we have to initiate and create a chain reaction towards this solution approach.. that in all countries (about 190, compressed to 150 considering smaller populations) or in 150 regions in this world, that in each of them people or groups would start to activate 150 people of whom each of them might win 150 others and once again each one finds 150.. this amount of people, convinced and activated for this idea, would be sufficient (in India and China maybe a bit more :D), eventually about 500-700 million residents all around the world..
    including that in the mean time all kind of organisations, NGO’s, movements, parties, campaignes, networks, conventional and web media, personalities (scientists, politicians, artists & starlets), etc. would start to speak about, overtake or spread this idea..
    all together we might initiate a new time era on this planet within the next 5-10 years..

    Maybe you want to become one of these 150, to spread this idea (an idea whose time has come) and to start discussions about by yourself/yourselves and in your own way 🙂
    Eventually everyone becomes one of these 150, that we stand together as one earth population facing the climate crisis, as to resolve all the other problems of our time..

    At the end, we have to build a global internet platform for this (like ‘network currency&tradeFree-1WorldSociety’ or another name) with its only target to initiate a world referendum to shut down all kind of currency&trade systems at a definite time and transfering the world organization onto therefore prepared computersystemic global digital networkings…
    a platform for everyone on this world, connecting globally all kind of groups, movements, organisations, parties, religious groups, public figures, average people, etc..

    It’s a big thing and it sounds far, but time is running out.. there is no other way than to focus on that, to build the awareness, the global consciousness in this direction..!
    We are forced to make this decision now, on what we (everybody of us in this world) focus on as the main objective, or it doesn’t count any more, because it’s to late to interfere effectively halting an ecological breakdown..
    There’s no other way that everybody of us, no matter in which position, in which region of this world has to become a part of a chain reaction towards this final destination..
    That we have to change not only our way of living, to do a paradigmen shift – whose effects, in case being universally accepted and successful against the enormous influences of omnipresent and permanent advertising and other media distractions, couldn’t be absorbed by labour markets and social systems – but also our way of organisation, similar to times when the first monetary systems were introduced a couple of thousand years ago, because societies did increase that much that barter economies were not appropriate any more..

    Now the currency&trade systems are not appropriate any more to solve any of the big problems in this world.. the environmental and climate crisis heading towards an ecological breakdown of the world’s current ecosystem, the crisis of international conflicts about declining raw materials and resources (especially oil&gas), of trade conflicts and most destructive wars, the social crises (from starvation to working poor), the crisis of worldwide refugee movements and coming population displacements, consequences of overexploitation, overconsumption, abundance and wasting for future generations, soon strong impacts of increasing automation, etc. etc.

    Even though now, as it was this big advantage having a period of monetary systems, that it was a tool helping that finally the whole earth population did grow together in a certain way, did intertwine the world (even if, at the same time did create circumstances of concentration, competition and discords, appearing for example as nationalism, religious fundamentalism, racism, different kind of social battles, etc.), now that the whole world is that much related and interdependent, we have to make this step forward in human history as a common international simultaneous step: to transfer the currency&trade systems onto therefore prepared (decentralized open-source-based) computersystemic global digital networkings to a specific date.. unfortunately, it’s a matter of survival in a race against time..!!

    “It’s Time for a currency&tradeFree OneWorldSociety! Let’s do it!”
    “Protect the Planet! Rise for Climate, Rise up for a currency&tradeFree WorldSociety!”

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  16. Jochen Jea) says:

    This, what is going on at the moment, is nothing else than a deadly lifeworld destroying catastrophic mega event, which we can’t avert maintaining the monetary world system!
    Everybody who doesn’t focus on and do everything to overcome them, to shut them off, is finally a part of the destruction of our living world and of ourselves, takes part in the successive ‘terrestrial suicide’…
    Even if this is unpopular at the moment, if the unpopular is not going to be the popular, if this doesn’t become very soon the agenda item of everybody and everyone on this world, than good night lifeworld earth…!

    The final battle, the fight (for survival) of our time is not people against people!
    It’s against being fixated and sticked to the monetary world system..!

    Open letter to ‘Extinction Rebellion’ and to all people who don’t want to continue the way of self-extinction, of this terrestrial suicide!
    Dear XR, it’s a fatalistic mistake, since you possess the right name (extinction rebellion), passing the tipping points in this very historic moment, in a situation in which it is about all or nothing, to set the strategic direction, that the people of the XR-movement should make pressure on respresentatives with the help of experts (see remark below).
    If you don’t want to be an ‘Extinction Accompany Movement’ in reality, I would like to give the suggestion to change in a way that all people who want to avoid the self-extinction make pressure on all parties, organisations, movements, publishing houses, public figures and all individuals to take and being a part of uniting and focussing to replace the monetary world system with the help and on basis of therefore prepared global digital networkings (computer systemically decentralized and open-source-based) to a specific date in the next years, which would only (!) allow the radical change of course, this emergency brake, to face this seminal catastrophe.
    It is the only organisational tool able to organise the world doing this extremely necessary radical change of course and to redefine our world civilization averting this catastrophe, while never ever catastrophic events of greater dimensions, were averted and coped by money, by figures&numbers, calculations&sums, taxes&prizes, premiums&bonuses, divestments, stock market indices, price loss, balance sheets, sales volumes, financial yields, dividends&distributions, at financial centers or stock&equity markets&exchanges, with capital investment models and interest rates, speculations&bettings, base rates&balances of trade/key interest rates, trade balance, export surplus, punitive tariffs&penalty payments, trade conflicts&wars, negotiators, acquisitions&takeovers of groups&companys, alliances&coalitions and mergers, etc. etc…
    or by making pressure on representatives embedded or depending with their economic or individual existence of these systems and machinerie!!
    It’s a mistake to believe, to hope that representatives could solve this crisis, to extinguish the thousands of fires inside our planetary house. This is an old model, which was and still is intentionally inculcated in people’s minds, propagating ongoingly in films and daily media, that heroes and starlets, super politicians, representatives of any kind, now even Greta Thunberg is misused in this sense, that they are the ones who can save the world, like as kings and gods in earlier times, intending that the masses stay inactive, in order to keep real change down..!
    Especially now, facing this seminal catastrophe which humanity will hardly survive, this way of thinking is the greatest threat and obstacle to win this fight, to succeed in keeping our planetary lifeworld.
    Not one catastrophic event has ever been averted and coped by representatives, gods, or by trusting on them..! This is a cultural lie!
    Now, as for the future, everyone and everybody has to become an expert and responsible, a poltician, a starlet and heroe, a representative of life and nature, has to become an earth-protector..!
    “True leaders don’t create followers, they activate, empower and create more leaders!”
    “Great things are done by (a series of) small things brought together.” Vincent van Gogh,
    Now in this specific time, in this state of emergency, all habitants of this world have to do and to give everything he or she can do and give, not to waste any time in idleness and inactivity, in order to achieve a global (nuclear) human chain reaction extinguishing all the fires, in order to win this fight, in order to keep our planetary lifeworld in the historically very last minute..!

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  17. Jea says:

    Help to spread the word, the solution that we are able to overcome the ‘monetary era’ with the help of global digital networkings (dezentralized and open-source-based).. and that we are forced to do so in order to win this struggle for survival about our planetary lifeworld..!


  18. Kevin Hester says:

    For us people from ‘Shit Hole’ countries it’s difficult for us to decipher much difference between the two reactionary parties that compete in the US electoral lottery.
    Both to me seem parties of war.
    Madelyn Hoffman made the excellent connection between war making and the climate crisis. That’s a point I’ve been making for many years.
    If you’re an environmentalist and not an anti-imperialist or anti-war you’ve missed one of the primary drivers of the sixth great extinction.


  19. Kevin Hester says:

    Two trillion of warming and bloodshed


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Kevin Hester is currently living on Rakino Island, a small island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand, monitoring the unravelling of the biosphere and volunteering at the Rakino Island Nursery is currently developing a proposal to create a marine reserve near by. The Island has no grid tied electricity or reticulated water.  I catch my own water from the roof and generate my electricity from the ample solar radiation on the island.

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