On facebook there is a group who discuss extreme weather, they had a debate today about the rain forest fires, I threw this in:
There is a conundrum here, living in the UK which some hundreds of years ago cleared most of it's forests to turn into farmland, how the hell can we pretend to have the right to stop another country doing exactly what we have already done ourselves? We have no moral high ground to stand on. The world needs lots of forests, not just Amazonia, but the many countries who now have farmland, or wasteland where the damage has already become permanent and the topsoil has been washed away, all need to take a good look at themselves (ourselves). We only have what's left of one planet to save,
It's nice having trees, drugs, furry and feathery animals, we have all contributed to the loss of trees, if we want the Amazon preserved, we should be assisting by supplying financial aid, not to the rich and the industries which are doing the damage but by making sure the money goes where it will actually help things, I don't know where, maybe the farmers and poor people who are cutting trees down to earn a pittance and survive. We also should be adding to the green leafy stuff by restoring the things that keep us alive. I don't think it will happen, the people who are in control only care about their bank accounts, not about the future, or the next election. Maybe the next ecosystem that comes along once we have destroyed ours will have better priorities!
No real response to it, then someone posted a message about rich people clearing the woods from Scotland so they could hunt grouse etc. (Why would you shoot a bottle of reasonable blended whisky?), so I responded thusly:
A few years ago there was a series on the telly which explained how the Scottish countryside has evolved. I used to believe that we had cleared the trees so that landowners could plant sheep. Maybe so in the lowlands, but in the Scottish highlands the story is actually very different. It was climate change. The climate changed, it got much cooler and wetter, too wet for the natural forest, which slowly died out. They showed many "fossilised" tree trunks from where trees had died and sunk into the wet peat. Unfortunately the hills are mostly not covered in deciduous forests but in soggy wet grass and heather because the weather here is cold, wet and miserable, yes, I live in one of the wettest bits of Scotland, looking across a loch at a mountain, nice and clear today, either I can see the other side of the loch (It's going to rain) or I can't see the other side (it's raining!), so rain must be due because the other side is currently visible.
On this august forum there are quite a few intelligent people, any thoughts? am I spouting drivel or do I have a point, or points? Please note I have not mentions Trump, Bojo or and Brazilian political figures, keep politics away, think ecology and Global whining, not political bickering, much as I would love to debate politics, it wouldn't end well!
I am the God of Hellfire! and I bring you truffles!