Monday, 1 November 2010

The Last Tiger

The thought that somewhere on the planet a human child is being born that will in their life witness the death of the final tiger haunts me daily.
As we expand our presence on the earth and the eternal drive towards ever increasing production off both food and products to make all comfortable all over the world
animals of all sizes and species are forced into ever  smaller habitat
The nay sayers ,sceptics and people who simply don’t care two shits about the planet or life outside their bubble sit on their arses and attack people that do care and that try to help in anyway they can
Even today people still laugh at the idea that humans can have an affect on the environment yet all you have to do is look at the temp inside a city compared to the surrounding countryside to see the effect of our cities which on average are 10 degress higher are having .
From all around the cities both the surrounding countryside and beyond
the daily struggle to feed the beast and at any cost
as long as the city dwellers are able to buy their wee plastic toys or some obscure fruit or food flown in at any cost. as lond as it is cheap. as long as the endless aisles are filled and clean free from any germs ,who cares.
People all over the world are struggling to help
they can see the wave of extinctions that are coming and all try in any way to help wether it is the rejection of the huge power companies a complete change in our modern lifestyles . or simply doing with less in daily life .

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peace and light to all thta are fighting to help the PLANET








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