Nature Bats Last November 2016

The latest excellent show on NBL on PRN.FM is embedded HERE.
This will be the last show before Professor Guy McPherson comes to Aotearoa NZ for his nationwide speaking tour beginning in three weeks.
All tour details are embedded in the Facebook Event Here;

The show covered many aspects of our unfolding climate catastrophe.
Many of the subjects covered by this blog were discussed including Global Dimming and the possibility of the psychopaths at the helm of our sinking ship opting for a nuclear winter.The almost certainty of us having a nuclear winter inflicted on us as a result of what I am calling Habitat Wars is embedded here;  Nuclear Winter  The insane ‘solution’ to slow down runaway abrupt climate change. I fervently hope that I am wrong about this hypothesis but with a warmongering  psychopath like Hillary Clinton being the front runner for the forthcoming US election anything is possible
One of the callers, Guyo Smith  made the point that we are already in early stage Runaway, a position held by the writer of this blog and Professor McPherson.
I believe complex life on this planet is now a day to day proposition with the possibility of one major climatic event being a Tipping Point in consciousness on the planet which could undermine faith in the entire economic system of industrial civilisation. In the event of the inevitable collapse of industrial civilisation we lose the dimming effect of all of our pollutants and runaway will be put on steroids, plus of course the melt down of 450 odd nuclear plants and 1200 spent fuel pool fires. Catch 22.

What we are doing to the Earth has no parallel in 66 million years
Another great show having the “Impossible Conversation” A book based on the “Impossible Conversation” is coming our soon penned by Dean Walker
“At the edge of extinction only love remains”.
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The implications of a Blue Ocean Event in the Arctic.

I was recently interviewed in conjunction with Sam Carana, Guy McPherson, Jennifer Hynes and  Peter Wadhams  by  Wolfgang Werminghausen  for a podcast on his website on the implications of a Blue Ocean event in the Arctic.

Paul Beckwith from the University of Ottawa has previously covered this danger. His You Tube presentation is embedded here;

Embedded below is the podcast with a number of important opinions on the threat we face of a Blue Ocean Event in the arctic.

SAG 008 ~ Blue Ocean Event – 10/27/16

Professor Guy McPherson and I will be discussing this issue and the unraveling of the biosphere  next month on our NZ wide speaking tour.
Presentation details and venues are listed in the Facebook event below;
Professor Guy McPherson’s Abrupt Climate Change tour NZ 20165976978978879789

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A Critique of The Green Party of Aotearoa N.Z. Climate Change Policy.

On the 27th of October, 2016, I attended two “Meet and Greet” public events with Green Party of Aotearoa co-leader and minister, Metiria Turei.
The turnout for these two events was abysmal and must have been disheartening for the organisers and the minister, with only a handful of people turning up to meet the co-leader.The turnout was simply appalling, but it got worse.
At the first event I counted 8 people excluding the Minister and ‘handlers'( one of whom lauded the “Progressive Barack Obama”, I pointed out that President Obama is currently bombing 7 countries, that the Pentagon is the single largest user of fossil fuels on the planet and that Obama is a functionary of the military industrial complex, he called that comment a conspiracy theory!! I additionally pointed out that the term “Conspiracy Theory” was coined by the C.I.A.).
At the second event there were only 5 people who bothered to turn up.This for the co-leader of a major political party! Alarm bells should be ringing loud and clear.
The purpose of me taking a 35 minute ferry ride across the Waitemata Harbour and a longer car drive across the congested city was to hand out flyers to the party faithful for my forthcoming  presentation with Professor Guy McPherson at the Unitec campus in Auckland. My carbon footprint for the effort, for what little was achieved was enormous due to the poor turnout.
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At the first meeting, I asked the minister to discuss with the party policy division the necessity and merits of declaring a planetary climate emergency, considering we are patently in the midst of one. I mentioned that NZ was the first country in the world where women ripped the right to vote, from the vice like grip of the patriarchy and that our nation had been a world leader in becoming the first nation to be declared nuclear free and that this presented a fantastic opportunity to lead from the front and set a global standard. The minister replied that we can’t tell everyone “That the world is going to hell in a hand basket, if we do, people will lose the will to act”. I find this position spurious, patronising and symptomatic of the failed system of not trusting members of the public with the truth. Anyone with an internet connection can see we are in an undeclared emergency, the lack of acceptance of that emergency will only make it worse and loses valuable time to warn and prepare our youth of the impending chaos. Understating the severity of the predicament does everyone a disservice.
I often use the analogy of the sinking of the Titanic to describe our unfolding climate catastrophe. After the Titanic had been holed by an iceberg, in it’s headlong rush to set a record in the trans-Atlantic passage on it’s maiden voyage. Within minutes, the Captain, designer and senior crew knew that the ship would founder and that there were insufficient life-rafts for the number of people on board, a result of arrogance and hubris, made in the design stage of the vessel when everyone was told that the ship would be un-sinkable. Famous last words!
The writer of this blog has completed 16 ocean passages on small cruising yachts. Had I been the skipper of the Titanic, I would have immediately released all the people from the below decks ‘Steerage compartments”, brought them to the grand saloon and told them of the severity of the predicament. I would have called for all the skilled tradespeople to gather together, form teams, choose skilled advisers and develop strategies to use the available furniture, ropes and buoyancy devices to make improvised life-rafts.
What they could have done in the calm, cold waters would be to launch the improvised life-rafts, tie them between two or more of the ships life-rafts and create floating platforms that the passengers could board keeping them out of the frigid Atlantic waters. This would have saved the bulk of the passengers had it been done and reduced some of the chaos that ensued. The opportunity to act was lost because only a small number of people were trusted with the knowledge that the ship was sinking.
Our biosphere is in collapse now, not far off in the future, we should be building “life-rafts ” now and the truth should be told, not withheld. We can’t save this sinking ship but we can prepare for the worst, buy time and relish the good times while they last.
I believe one of the reasons so little is being done is the false assumption that the worst effects of abrupt climate change won’t happen until long off in the future ( tell the people of Kiribati that!), when there is ample evidence that we are already in abrupt climate change.
The planet may have warmed 5C in 13 years once before, Professor Guy McPherson and I believe it could be happening again.

” Following a doubling in carbon dioxide levels, the surface of the ocean turned acidic over a period of weeks or months and global temperatures rose by 5 degrees centigrade – all in the space of about 13 years. Scientists previously thought this process happened over 10,000 years.

“We’ve shown unequivocally what happens when CO2 increases dramatically — as it is now, and as it did 55 million years ago,” Wright said. “The oceans become acidic and the world warms up dramatically.”
Think Progress article on this here;
Whilst it is not certain that this happened in such a short period of time, the mere fact that it is a possibility dictates that we should follow the precautionary principle and prepare for the worst.

Key principle #12 in the party  policy document reads “Transparency, credibility and education are essential if all stakeholders are to accept the policy framework and change their behaviour as a result.” I believe the Greens are in breach of this principle by not facing up to the severity of the predicament we are confronting, are not being “transparent” and totally lack credibility on this issue.
My reasons for resigning  from The Green Party earlier this year was covered here by The Daily Blog.
Dr James E Hansen, sometimes refered to as the “Grand Father of Climate Change” once believed that Planet Earth would “Go Venus”, the surface temperature of Venus is 462 degrees C, that melts lead. Whilst Hansen no longer believes that we will “Go Venus” it is now patently obvious that the planet will soon become uninhabitable.
Oliver Tickell in a well researched 2008 article in The Guardian stated that after we breach the 4C mark all we can expect is extinction.The article is embedded below;
On a planet 4 degrees C hotter all we can plan for is extinction.
4C could eventuate in as little as a decade!
Professor Guy McPherson and I will be conducting a nationwide speaking tour of N.Z. next month with our keynote presentations being live streamed to the net allowing those interested to follow the tour world wide. Tour details including venues are imbedded in the Facebook event below. Please feel free to invite any of your friends interested in the unfolding 6th Great Extinction
Professor Guy McPherson’s 2016 NZ Abrupt Climate Change Tour. 

“At the edge of extinction, only love remains”

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No Weapons Expo, No Warships NZ 2016

NZ Prime Minister John Key is inviting US warships back to NZ, the thin end of the wedge before we have US military bases in our country.
Not on my watch.
Video of my presentation embedded below.
No arms expo, no warships

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Climate Change Beyond the Climate Tipping Point

It is imperative that people understand the exponential nature of where our climate catastrophe is and how it will quickly unravel.

We were lied to about the ‘safety’ of a 2C temperature increase, when in fact 2C was always going to trigger a multitude of “Tipping points” that would ensure the unraveling of the bio-sphere that all of the complex life on this planet depends.

It is important to remember that  there is a 10 to 30 year lag between the emission of carbon and when we can see the consequences manifest.
Sixty-three percent of all human-generated carbon emissions have been produced in the last 25 years.

Myself and Professor Guy McPherson will be touring NZ in November 2016 giving the people of New Zealand mine and Professor McPherson’s perspective on what we are calling ” The Great Unraveling”.
Facebook Event here;

Brilliant video on Tipping points from Joe Tyndall below;

Climate Change: Beyond the Tipping Point – Joe Tyndall

 

 

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Our Un-Sustainable Ecological Footprint.

Quote from my ‘ehoa’  Ted Howard “Climate controlled cities” is an oxymoron. The industrial town/city is the problem form from the start, and there is virtually nothing sustainable about them.A collapsed/emptied town/city = climate controlled.Because of this, under current social conditions no politician could hope to get elected at local or central government standing on the truth of this, telling the truth of The Great Unraveling coming at us from all directions.”

“The dominant culture is insane and un-reachable, as are most of it’s inhabitants.” Derrick Jensen

The false promise of renewable energy was covered before on this blog Sustainability
Excellent pod-cast below about the un-sustainability of industrial civilisation and our imminent ecological train smash from Radio Ecoshock, show HERE

 

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My 25/07/2016 interview on Safe and Sound.

Safe and Sound Radio Show and Podcast

In this issue of Safe and Sound, Lynley Tulloch and Paul Judge interview long time social and environmental activist Kevin Hester. Over a period of just a few years sailing in the Pacific Kevin noticed fewer and fewer flying fish breaking the ocean surface – just one example of the loss of biodiversity that is happening as a result of climate change. Paul, Lynley and Kevin also discuss social justice, environmental protection, the TPPA and the upcoming speaking tour of NZ by expert on climate science, Prof. Guy McPherson. Listen to the interview here:
http://www.accessradio.org/Player.aspx…

Info about Prof McPherson’s tour here:https://www.facebook.com/events/1144896312219485/

Thx very much Paul, I really enjoyed having this opportunity to talk about past campaigns and Professor Guy McPherson’s upcoming November tour ( Facebook event embedded in the link with the Paul Henry interview posted in it).
In this interview I mentioned Cory Morningstar’s wonderful website Wrong Kind of Green which you can also follow on Facebook.
We gave the TPPA , John Key and cowboy capitalism the serve that they both deserve. Finishing up with Bob Marley, beat that!
https://kevinhester.live/…/the-pain-you-feel-is…/

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Kevin Hester
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 planning Professor Guy McPherson’s November 2016 NZ and Australian speaking tour which is a follow up to the 2014 speaking tour. 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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