If an iPhone can capture something like rain, then you know it’s really heavy. In the movie Blade Runner, it rains all the time because heavy industry has fucked the ozone layer and the Earth is well and truly in Greenhouse mode. For the past two months, Britain has been drenched and now the States are being ravaged by storms and extreme temperatures. The only person who seems to be speaking out against the Tesco’s and MacDonald’s of this world is Prince Charles. When it comes to voting, is there any other choice but voting for a Green party? Or are we too late?
It’s winter in July.
Eostre was originally a Pagan festival, with it’s roots in the Norse and Germanic ritual of the Vernal Equinox, or Spring. It’s heartening to know that ancient man had an instinctive respect for Mother Nature, thousands of years before the spread of Christianity. It’s only comparatively recently in our history that the traditions of Eostre were adapted by modern religions.
The Rites of Spring and also Harvest show an understanding of the planet which sustains us, and the Sun and the Earth were worshipped as the givers of life. As we pollute and over-populate our world and regard our own planet with cynicism, I wonder if a return to a more spiritual innocence might be the salvation our ecology needs. Organised religions become increasingly redundant as they fail to embrace the human condition. True spirituality means a respect for the planet, and for each other, and yet distracted religious figureheads still make astonishingly ill-judged comments about contraception. If that energy could be focused on our future on Earth rather than the obsessive, hand-wringing preoccupation with the sex lives of others, then we might actually be able to sustain the planet we live on.
Stephen Hawking says that if we continue to expand at our current rate, then our future lies only in the stars and our window for the colonisation of other planets is less than two hundred years. Is our tenancy on Earth due to end? Is it impossible to reverse the damage that we’re doing? In the spirit of Eostre, fertility and rebirth, we need to consider renewable clean energy, such as Solar Power, stop poisoning the bees with chemicals and seriously consider the size of our population.
I don’t want to be one of the last of the Earth-dwellers: Easter should be about the celebration of nature and awareness of our position in the ecology of Earth. Not zombies in diapers.
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Living by candlelight
Turn off your lights at 20.30 wherever you are in the world, and spare a thought for the environment.
Since 2007, a wave of darkness has swept round the world on the March 31st as people focus on the impact of our power-guzzling on Mother Earth. Incredibly, some snippy refuseniks are claiming that lighting candles will have a greater detriment to the atmosphere than the electricity saved! Even if that were true, Earth Hour is a growing movement which focuses on a vital issue, promoting awareness in a world with a mean appetite for consumption.
It looks like the Pagans had the right idea. They worshipped the Sun and the Earth, and after all – what else is there to worship? When the temperature really starts to rise, no amount of mouldy old pages are going to save anyone. Think about it. Turn everything off. Twitter can wait. Light a candle for Mother Earth.
Update: my images from Earth Hour. You can tell I’m a total hippy, can’t you?
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