A challenging question of the 21st century is, How does one remain positive and hopeful for the future of the human race in the face of so much catastrophe: mounting extinctions of species; increasingly-hotter global temperatures; alarming rises in sea levels, and; soaring carbon emissions? Especially when, on the flip side of the coin, there is so much perpetual: corporate-business-industrial-military expansion; unchecked human population; uncontrolled urbanization, and; the wholesale destruction of the natural world and its finite resources?
Since ancient times, these combined forces, whether they are those of an actual attacking military operation against a whole nation; an oil pipeline corporation against the natural world, or; offshore real estate development syndicate against a local urban community of single family residents; the relationships between the mentalities of the conqueror-invader and those conquered and invaded remain constant. Like an army crushing all that stands in its way, making life progressively more complex and egregious for all human and non-human life, the societal patterns of modern civilization between the mentalities of the conqueror and the conquered remain unchanged. Short of some apocalyptic natural or cosmic calamity, no force or process in place in the human world yet exists to significantly change this pattern or its direction. So, the question remains, Has the die for the fate of the earth already been cast?,as Julius Caesar once remarked when his army was about to cross the Rubicon into Rome.
Yet by the mounting global reaction of the earths youth and their elder allies, its clear the human race, and especially its male species, can no longer keep being, doing and acting as it has forever towards our Mother Earth, women and all other species of life.
Before the human world can reach a higher plane of existence it must move beyond the reality of the Invaders Might Makes Right principle that, since time immemorial, has dominated human behaviour, which the political-industrial-corporate-military complex still hasnt faced up to the key role it plays in the global climates tipping point of no return. Betrayal and Denial of that truth still creates far too much destruction against our Mother Earth and all her peoples.
One of the best ways to face up to so much withering betrayal and denial is to take a page out of World War II and do what soldiers, and especially paratroopers, who were facing immediate death-defying-odds, once did to give themselves and their mates the strength, courage and resolve of their convictions to press on. Soldiers about to go over the top, or paratroopers about to leap out of the belly of a plane into the pitch-black of night, not knowing if death and oblivion immediately awaited them, would give each other a wink and a nod and invoke the name Geronimo, in honor of one of Americas legendary Native American resistance fighters who, at all costs, once defiantly led his people. This writers own first name, in Spanish, means Geronimo,whichby association has always remained the source of great, unending pride.
Historically, its time again, that all those humans in the world - fighting on behalf of the Earth, the sanctity of life itself, and one another - facing as they are the overwhelming hostilities and resistance of so much corporate-politicial-militaristic global forces aligned against them - will once more invoke that legendary natives name and, before undertaking whatever action on behalf of our Mother Earth, they, too, will give a wink and a nod and shout out GERONIMO!
In the political realm, the real causes of this crisis remain non-starters of any truthful dialogue among candidates of whatever national election. Reticent politicians, more concerned about their own careers and economic well being, remain terrified to debate the real sources of the crisis, willing to violate whatever trust was or ever will be given to them to speak truth to power. The worlds majority of voters also avoid any truthful dialogue. They prefer the perpetuation of oil pipelines to ensure theyre offered the very latest generation of SUVs, of whatever make and model, with all the latest bells, whistles, sexy-luxurious styling and off-road prowess. Betrayal & Denialremain the worlds most operative human emotions.
in the 2019-2020 U.S. Presidential Election cycle, President Trump stated for the record, If you vote for a Democrat youre being disloyal to the Jewish people and youre being very disloyal to Israel. Unwittingly, by his statement, Trump underscores what is behind much of the worlds climate crisis. Invaders must stick together. That includes: a constant abuse of the natural environment; racism against whatever conquered peoples; continued military-economic aggression towards weaker nations, and; inhumane treatment of whatever displaced, dispossessed, disenfranchised peoples that often leads to apartheid policies against those same peoples.
One would have to assume that whatever related truth or connections to which Trump alludes do exist, the reverse must also then be true. A vote for a Republican represents not only a continuation of the extreme loyalty towards what the Jewish people and Israeli way of life have stood for since 1948; but also a continuing loyalty to the same corporate-industrial-military interests of the American people, and a willingness to flout whatever international or environmental laws seek to protect displaced indigenous peoples and their natural homelands from constant degradation. It would seem obvious, too, that such misguided loyalty, were it to serve as a model for the rest of the world to emulate, would mean whatever countrys punishing, might-makes-right rule over aboriginal peoples and the natural resources of their homelands will remain the accepted model and rule of law into the distant future that will only continue to produce any number of terrible human rights crises and woeful violations to the integrity of the earth herself. Once the stronger nations have consumed whatever of their own natural resources they will simply continue to usurp the natural finite resources of others who still have those resources because they long ago chose to preserve and conserve them and instead remain indigenous to their homelands and perepetuate smaller-scaled ways of life.
In either case the historical realities of the ensuing ruthlessness that has occurred since the moment of first contact between whatever invader and the occupied territories of the original aboriginal peoples is a simple matter of historical record. The old colonial doctrine of the invader that Possession constitutes nine-tenths of the law has applied ever since. But the most honesty ever to be extracted from American politicians, Democrats and Republicans alike, or their counterparts in Israel, regarding this fait accompli is that it remains a terrible human problem. Beyond such nebulous comments, any deeper discussions concerning Reconciliationand Rectification of what has been done usually deteriorates into the semantics and rhetoric of some given divined Manifest Destiny or Second Coming talking point. Most Western leaders simply choose avoidance and silence because they know the shaky ground upon which they stand, on which side their bread is buttered and who, ultmately, is doing all the buttering.
This same degree of denial and betrayal at the national and international levels about the climate crisis became equally self-evident once the U.S. Democratic National Committee (DNC) revealed its reticence to open up the Climate Debate to any meaningful degree among its candidates; while Election Canada even questioned the legitimacy of the climate debate as a basic human concern, declaring it instead to be a partisan issue, requiring special registration for all third parties to be decided upon a case-by-case basis. In this case, the powers-that-be also know, too well, on what side their bread is buttered and who among Big Oil and other corporate interests are doing the buttering.
The grassroots Extinction Rebellionmovement and its Global Climate Strike Actions,inspired by those like teenage activist Greta Thunberg, are among the few honest voices prepared to boldly speak out to what meaningfully must happen, worldwide, to address the earths Anthropocene Epoch that is upon us; for which any honest criticism or conscious awareness continues to generate disdain, rage or denial among much of the corporate press, neo-libertarian politicians and a growing reactionary populace.
The widespread disastrous effects of the world climate crisis on all human and non-human life, like some unchecked terminal global cancerous pandemic, is blatantly obvious in spite of whatever the naysayers may contend. The avoidance of this reality always come back to the same questions of betrayal and denial about what constitutes certain basic human responsibilities: to the Earth and all her denizens; towards one another and the collective memories of our ancestors feats and sagas of survival against all odds, and; towards the potential, yet unspoken, hopes and dreams of the futures yet unborns.
So the basic argument underling the climate crisis boils down to a question of what it ultimately will take, on a day-by-day basis in every community of the world to turn things around 180 degrees and preserve the earth's vast natural world in general and that of her native peoples in particular. At the heart of the matter, however, lies an as yet enormous unresolved spiritual crisis of the human race.
Still in doubt is how to preserve and protect in perpetuity places like Brazils Amazonian jungle the lungs of the earth - constantly victimized by so much human ignorance and indifference to the degradation and deforestation of its natural world; a world that, like every other special natural place on earth, possesses still so many untold, unknown species and unlocked secrets of life that unquestionably should be protected for future generations to discover.The Amazona natural version of Egypts now destroyed lofty Library of Alexandria - once the repository of over 700,000 scrolls of the ancient man-made world; where the great thinkers of the ages, scientists, mathematicians and poets from all civilizations,like pilgrims,once came to study and exchange ideas, but now is lost foreveras a common legacy to the human race. The Amazons natural library one example of an indigenous consciousness that still is a viable, sustainable, humane one that holds innumerable secrets and solutions to the future health and well being of the entire planet. What is happening to the Amazon is what continues to happen everywhere on earth, at whatever local level, in the microcosm, what also is happening to humanity in the macrocosm.
Yet the reality on the ground in the U. S., Israel, Brazil, or wherever else elected politicians arrogantly thumb their noses at the rest of the world to butt out of their ruthless mining and extracting of the earths natural resources or the continued brutalizing and disenfranchisment of whatever indigenous peoples still stand in their way. Its no different than what leaders and governments, in both the West and East, for centuries, have likewise been doing to rape and pillage the natural world and lives of its original peoples. Whatever objections made by their leaders to any outside interference underscores the same argument developing nations of the Southern Hemisphere long have had with those developed nations in the Northern Hemisphere.
The 1% of the invaders and their descendants in the Northern Hemisphere, whove managed to accumulate more wealth than the combined wealth of the other 99%, remain intent upon keeping things as they are; while the 1% of those whove inherited their portion of stolen wealth in the Southern Hemisphere also feel entitled to their cut from the same pilfered pie. Never in the spectrum of this old argument is any serious discussion ever given to how to once and for all equally distribute the stolen wealth of the 1% amongst the other 99%.
Betrayal continues to feed into and exacerbate the human and climate crises everywhere on earth. Its not just about some opprobrium against: the lungs of the earth being destroyed by an Amazonian malestrom; nefarious oil pipelines, fossil fuel industries and big agrabusinesses constantly betraying the earth and all its indigenous and non-indigenous neighbours inherent rights to their own lands and resources; the vast amounts of dirty money allowed to interfere with and corrupt whatever so-called free and open democratic voting system, worldwide, or; governmental structures that never fundamentally change anything at whatever local, national or international level, other than create ever more dissimulation and dictatorial rule between governments and their citizenry. It all amounts to the same thing. All play into and exacerbate a constant betrayal and denial of the earth and all its natural peoples right to live wild and free.
These crises, at their core, arent specifically about a radically changing climate, the violated rights of natives to their homelands or destruction of the natural world and its ancient ways of life. Theyre really about an epic, on-going, pandemic human crisis of greed, power and money that has plagued the human species since its inception.
Any attempt to do something meaningful to curb the holocaust of a climate crisis, or the host of corporate governments out-of-control ruthless practices towards their people and the earth will fail unless this pandemic somehow can be addressed. The worlds mindless shift to the political right and mean-spirited viciousness it represents towards humanity and the earth is no different than at any other time in history when the populace turned to yet some other strong man Hitler, Henry VIII or Alexander the Great, hoping they would make their lives great again. Its an age-old Greek tragedy or Shakesperian drama, endlessly played out between good and evil, except the odds now against the survival of good are much greater than ever before.
All attempts will fail as before because these crises represent mirrored reflections of a perverted human nature and all that the modern human world, like the old world before it, has continued to become as a matter of evolutionary course. To change this crisis will take a massive herculean sea change to the basic building blocks of human beings and the course modern society has chosen to take. But will some opprobrium finally make it happen before all the natural resources and goodness of humanity and Mother Earth herself are totally spent?
One answer is provided by a shortened version of an age-old tale of the earth and humanitys plight, set back in the long-ago days of yore, when the world was a much less complex place; the digital world and space age, that now is taking all of life in a new and unknown direction at lightening speed, still only a distant unknown star somewhere in the heavens. The tale goes like this: whenever any stranger-outsider-invader approached the gates of whatever castle or village they would always be met by the local elder-leaders and their supporters. Those who sought entrance would be queried as to what their intentions were among the people. If the answers received werent acceptable the gates were closed, the bridge over the moat drawn, the gates barricaded, the parapets manned, and the strangers sent on their way.
But in these modern times all the moats, gates and parapets have been breached and all manner of self-serving, nefarious stranger-invaders allowed to enter the lives of the people at will; with everyone unaware of their real intentions, to do whatever malevolence they will for their own self-gain.
However, one First Nation leader in particular, still standing beside one of his peoples re-built demolished gates, recently weighed in to a dispute over more violating oil pipelines cutting through native peoples traditional territories to expand the never-ending human and economic development in the world that continues to contribute to the destruction of a truly sustainable future.
Guujaaw, an Hereditary Chief Gidansta of the Haida Nation, and advisor to B.C.s Coastal First Nations, stated his own opprobrium in a National Observer article (The Juggernaut of corporate oil must be stopped June 18th 2019) to the contemplated creation of a proposed Aboriginal Reconciliation Pipeline, as part of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeaus decision to approve the extension of a controversial Trans Mountain Pipeline from the Tar Sands of Alberta to the coastal waters of British Columbia and beyond.
These same Tar Sands, owned and controlled in large part by the notorious Koch Brothers Petroleum Industry, counted among the worlds largest betrayers and abusers of Mother Earth and all her living beings, with their Kochtopus oil pipelines and grasping tentacles of its Americans for Prosperity leviathan, strangling the goodness and naturalness out of whatever they enwrap themselves around.
In the National Observer article, Guujaaw raised a crucial point pertaining toa native moral opprobrium of ones decisions never harmingwhatever peoples downstream, regardless of race, colour or creed to be affected by what significant decisions are ever to be made. Guujaawsaid, A pipeline and all that comes with it crosses the inherent limit and does not carry any Aboriginal Rights when it disregards the same rights of whatever the neighbour downstream.
The simplicity and profundity of the integrity embodied within Guujaaws indigenous Live and Let Livemoral standard is one that underscores what Reconciliation actually means when it comes down to the rights and responsibilities that all aboriginal and non-aboriginal peoples in the world - whether they live downstream, next door or down the street from one another must assume if the human race is ever to realize any kind of meaningful reconciliation with Mother Earth and all who depend upon her for their sustenance and survival.
This simple criterion for right actions and behavior becomes clearer once all the dots are connected between how global warming and climate crisis changes also are directly affected, every day, at the local level, on a massive scale, like drops of rain that turn into an epic flood. These drops of rain caused by ordinary, re-occuring, everyday issues that local mayors, their councils, city planners, university academics, real estate and housing officials consciously advocate when they approve of: home teardowns that destroy a communitys long-standing established heritage and traditions, or; abolish the single family character of established communities on the basis that single family zoning has no further purpose or place in todays modern cities. It implies that cities, rather than places based upon civil society principles, henceforth are where growing numbers of humans in the future will need to be warehoused.
Left unspoken are the solutions of how to address such problems as the: spread of uncontrolled urbanization that forever increases the mass density of human populations in every urban area, exacerbating long-term issues of unsustainability and poor quality of life. Or how to eliminate or control the vast numbers of unelected and unaccountable city and district staff who are behind the approval of much of the local building code variances and bylaws that allow for the maximum utilization of lots by commercial interests that lead to the elimination of whatever existant urban forest, the surrounding greenery and ever-greater amounts of concrete high-rise density and massive in-fill that provide ever-less oxygen, water and nourishment for the renew of life. Such collective effects are every bit as cataclysmic on the environment and collapse of the earths lungs as any conflagration in the Amazon.
Also yet to be addressed is how to control the over-generous allowances given by mayors, councils, city planners and their staffs to greedy developers and investment real estate syndicates who have no compunction about carrying out massive constructions that cover whole areas; their multitudes of underground parking lots, basements and infrastructure, permanently upsetting and displacing the water gradient of the surrounding communities; thereby negatively impacting upon not only local climatic patterns but also the general kind of free-fall, spiralling downward worldwhere plants, trees, insects and animals, like their human counterparts, cant ever again easily find the daily sustenance for their survival.
Yet one still will hear politicians argue that nothing meaningful can ever be done at the local, micro-level to address the climate crisis until more meaningful, sweeping, mega-changes begin at the national and international levels. The bottomline, however, is that to build a truly sustainable civilization it must everywhere start at the ground level. Its like building a house. If one intends the entire house to be sound and secure, it must first start with a solid foundation.
Climate Crisis, Canadas TransMountain Pipeline, PM Justin Trudeau, Guujaaw/Chief Gidansta, Haida Nation, Coastal First Nations, Koch Brothers Petroleum Industries, Anthropocene Epoch, Israels Apartheid Rule, Palestinian Occupied Territories, Extinction Rebellion, Tar Sands of Alberta, Greta Thunberg, Global Strike Actions
Bio Note: Jerome Irwin is a Canadian-American author who, for decades, as an activist-writer of his community, has sought to call world attention to problems of environmental degradation and unsustainability caused by excessive mega-development and the host of long-standing related environmental-ecological-spiritual issues that exist between the conflicting philosophies of indigenous and non-indigenous peoples. In the past, Irwin is the author of the book, The Wild Gentle Ones; A Turtle Island Odyssey, a spiritual sojurn among the native peoples of North America, and has produced any number of articles pertaining to: Irelands Fenian Movement; native peoples Dakota Access Pipeline Resistance Movement; AIPAC, Israel & U.S. Congress anti-BDS Movement; the historic Battle for Palestine & Siege of Gaza, as well as; innumerable accounts of the violations constantly waged by industrial-corporate-military-propaganda interests against the Worlds Collective Soul.