The Children’s Spaceship Earth – will Jimmy Savile fix it?
I wanted my last blog of 2012 to be about peace, joy and goodwill to all wo/men. But there’s something taboo – more important – and someone’s gotta say it?
Not many people know this (or want to) but frequent flying is the single most damaging thing we can do - to the kids Home planet. (In terms of our ‘contribution’ to greenhouse gas emissions - at the level of the individual.)
I took a long haul flight once, twice if I am honest. Please read to the end.**
But I don’t any more, not since 1981 when I was 22 years old.
As Jerry Garcia of the pop band the Grateful Dead said:
has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us."
I don’t consider frequent flying socially acceptable any more.
There. I’ve said it.
Certainly not acceptable from people who seek to be leaders, healers, gurus, elders - or carbon coaches!
2012 was the year humans came together – with new common consciousness. But rather than raised consciousness – let us also look downwards? Towards our (carbon) feet? Toward a much lower personal carbon ‘contribution’.
We all have (carbon) mud gathering on our boots. And we are all awakening to the perilous state and dire prognosis of our Home: Spaceship Earth, at 12th hour. (i.e. later on from the 11th hour, and possibly too late.) Do we dare lower our gaze - stop hoping to high heaven - and instead re-connect - as the indigenous did - with the miracle of the precious soil - and all future earth life hidden beneath our feet - and hurting - beneath our footprints.
Photo Flickr CC juniorbonnerphotography
Will we remember that our future - and Mother
Earth’s - are same thing?
Will we call ‘Time’ and start to act as if we intend to stay – as if we love Mum?
Will we start to act more like Earth Pilgrims and less like (Earth) ‘Tourists’ – i.e. as if “just passing through” as Satish Kumar crucially observed?
Will we remember that Earth is a unique and uniquely sacred jewel, more (of a) Present to us than any far distant past or future God. When Mother Earth pops off Her mortal coil – so do we. Maybe for all time. Hardly any consolation that other Gods may forgive us, for killing off the God we were part of, and Her us.
When the news broke about Jimmy Savile’s abusive habits, everyone said that they suspected something bad was going on - but they didn’t say anything - yet - because no one else was saying anything - yet.
Everyone “half” knew – silently.
(I’ve just checked the spelling of Savile’s surname - never before noticed the spelling was -VILE not –ville.)
A growing number of people half-know that flying long-haul has a large invisible unspoken (future) cost tag. We half-know our children will have to pick up this hefty tab. We half-know that the “Home Ground” Earth planet we borrow - from all children of all species – is taking a lot of abuse – on a daily basis. And yet we carry on flying, because… no one has really said anything – yet.
But We All Fly Dave?
Sure. People have loved ones, near and dear, or “far and dear”. And some have jobs and missions. And everyone ‘knows’ that it’s the (rest of the) growing population and their desire to fly that’s the real problem. Not our 10 tons. Surely we can ignore our little piss in the wind. Surely we can deny our personal drop in the ocean will do any real harm. Can’t we?
**As it happens I don’t fly; my choice; I’m happy not to; the only long-haul flights I ever took were NY 1978 and LA 1981. I don’t feel like I’ve missed out too badly.
There’s plenty of nature, beauty and wisdom – even peace, joy and goodwill - right here in my families back yard, in Marlow, UK. (Tourists from USA agree ;)
Isn’t this the stable future; the golden gift to the baby ? The climate peace deal here on Earth? Peace with-INN!?
Abstinence from jet-set assistance of dwindling kerosene-guzzling jet engine is the new higher power!
So, in 2013, please can we end the silence about the full-term cost of air travel?
One person’s return flight London to Sydney costs 9 Tons of CO2e
That’s the same as an average European’s entire annual footprint.
The ‘average’ Indian citizen’s entire annual footprint is 1 Ton of CO2e