5 March 2017 Listening to the Earth (Bernie Krause), Silent Spring (Rachel Carson), Lead bullets, Devolution of the United States, stone angel repurposed and drawing

Good morning family.  It’s 10:13 am on this wet, gray and chilly Sunday morning as I write to you.  I hope this finds you well wherever and whenever you are as you visit me here.  Margarita, I took you up on your suggestion to make what remained of the broken Fluorite angel into a pendant!  Thank you!

With the rate things are going with the roll backs on Environmental Protections (latest is lead bullet regulation repeal), this book by Rachel Carson is becoming more relevant than ever.

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was first published in three serialized excerpts in the New Yorker in June of 1962. The book appeared in September of that year and the outcry that followed its publication forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. Carson’s passionate concern for the future of our planet reverberated powerfully throughout the world, and her eloquent book was instrumental in launching the environmental movement. It is without question one of the landmark books of the twentieth century.

Of all the things new Secretary of the Interior Zinke could have done, he chose to repeal legislation banning the use of lead bullets on wildlife refuges!  This makes no sense to me and shows me he, like many others appointed to official offices by President Trump, have no idea what they are supposed to be doing.

There seems to be one agenda in this administration, at whatever cost to life and liberty of it’s citizens, to erase any trace that President Obama was ever President….period.   

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/mar/2/interior-secretary-zinke-scraps-ban-lead-bullets/

https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/ – the impact of lead poisoning on humans, especially children

https://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/disease_information/lead_poisoning/ – the impact of lead poisoning on wildlife

 

The world Devolution comes to mind as I see, hear, and feel what is happening to the United States during my lifetime:

Devolution

Biology
Devolution
Devolution, de-evolution, or backward evolution is the notion that species can revert into more “primitive” forms over time. In modern biology the term is redundant: evolutionary science deals with selection or adaptation that results in populations of organisms genetically different from their ancestral forms, where evolution has no intrinsic directionality.

Devolution (biology) – Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devolution_(biology)

The Daily Good feature article for today is  about a man I’ve never heard of before who is doing something very special.  For the past 45 plus years Bernie Krause has been recording the voice of the Earth.  His work is yet more evidence of the impact of climate change on the biodiversity of this Earth.

For me, being outside in nature is a multi-scensory experience.  When I spend time listening to music and moving underneath the morning sun, I feel the life force of the above, middle and below.  When I turn off my music and just try to be still, unless it is a weekend early morning, inclimate weather day or a school day,  it’s almost impossible for me to just hear the trees, the birds, the blowing leaves….Mother’s Voice….over the sounds of the seemingly endless procession of loud vehicles zooming behind our house.  We live in a relatively rural setting too!  Some birds have learned they have to sing louder, even adopt sounds like car alarms and fire engines in order to hear each other but many have just gone silent.

I have to say I cried after watching these videos because in light of current political events and mindsets of the people who control policy regarding environmental legislation, the Silent Spring Rachel Carson wrote seems near.  Acquiring money and material things don’t mean diddly to a dead Earth!  I often wonder who these people think are going to make money off of if they keep at this direction?

http://www.dailygood.org/2017/03/05/recording-the-sounds-of-extinction/

Mar 5, 2017— Musician and naturalist Bernie Krause is one of the world’s leading experts in natural sound. Krause has been recording “soundscapes” – the wind in the trees, the chirping of birds, the songs of humpback whales – for over forty years and has amassed the largest archive in the world. In doing so, Krause can chart how wildlife sounds have changed over the course of climate change. Listen for yourself: the silence speaks volumes.

https://www.ted.com/talks/bernie_krause_the_voice_of_the_natural_world

Bernie Krause has been recording wild soundscapes — the wind in the trees, the chirping of birds, the subtle sounds of insect larvae — for 45 years. In that time, he has seen many environments radically altered by humans, sometimes even by practices thought to be environmentally safe. A surprising look at what we can learn through nature’s symphonies, from the grunting of a sea anemone to the sad calls of a beaver in mourning.

(2013, 14 min 44 sec long – I wonder what the places he shared here sound like today? I have never heard a Beaver cry before…heart breaking sound.)

Bernie Krause: The voice of the natural world

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2 comments on “5 March 2017 Listening to the Earth (Bernie Krause), Silent Spring (Rachel Carson), Lead bullets, Devolution of the United States, stone angel repurposed and drawing

  1. I like the idea with the pendant very much, that was a brilliant idea to keep your angel ;o) I’m with you for the devolution… and I fear for our world… and I wonder that no one will(or can) see the signs… but maybe I’m the one who is crazy and I worry too much (I don’t think so)…

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