What goes up

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

New­ton was hit on the head with an ap­ple, which woke him up re grav­i­ta­tion. He was sure that what goes up al­ways comes down, as man had not be­come ex­cited about one-way trips to the deserts of Mars. Ruther­ford split the atom (went to the same school as me), Henry Ford found un­lim­ited use for oil, and as a boy most ships and trains were coal burn­ers. Clever farm­ers used top dress­ing and sprays, mak­ing some New Zealan­ders very rich and right wing.

In the build­ing in­sane race for wealth, our man­u­fac­tures moved over­seas to use slavetype wages to make more bucks for share­hold­ers. More taxes were col­lected by gov­ern­ment and were used to help peo­ple and fight wars, but re­cently a de­feated Na­tional gov­ern­ment gave tax cuts to the rich.

Along with their ilk are the en­vi­ron­men­tally thick who deny global warm­ing and the pol­lu­tion of Earth’s at­mos­phere be­cause it’s ob­vi­ous that rightwing pol­i­tics can’t han­dle the ad­vanc­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal cri­sis.

Nor can ul­tra-left wing think­ing. Mass ed­u­ca­tion of un­palat­able sci­en­tific facts and a huge blast of “Get real peo­ple,” and gov­ern­ments please note,

we don’t need nu­clear weapons to self-de­struct.

In my 86 years the bush­lands’ dawn cho­rus has al­most gone, as has pure wa­ter in the streams and rivers we used to drink and swim in. Pine forests and cows pol­lute the wa­ters of many lakes.

There prob­a­bly isn’t one city any­where where sewage and waste is prop­erly be­ing taken care of, as the rates needed by coun­cils to do so would see ig­no­rant pop­u­la­tions rebel. Coalpow­ered power sta­tions, in­dus­try, and tens of thou­sands of jet en­gines, cars etc are caus­ing ma­jor prob­lems that need real­ity and ma­jor ac­tion world­wide.

The pop­u­la­tion of the world has more than dou­bled in my life­time. Trump, Putin, and lit­tle old me and oth­ers will have faced judg­ment be­fore the worst ef­fects hit hu­man­ity. I hope! Left in the too-hard bas­ket. I fear for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, even on our still save­able beau­ti­ful is­lands.

Don’t take my word for it. Just read the re­search and find­ings of qual­i­fied masses of in­ter­na­tional sci­en­tists and their unan­i­mous con­fer­ence find­ings, mi­nus the dis­cred­ited Trump camp fol­low­ers.

The sad thing is that mankind has the knowl­edge to solve

hous­ing, food and en­vi­ron­men­tal, health, phys­i­cal and men­tal prob­lems, but is read­ing the wrong book.

SAM McHarg

Kerik­eri

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