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Imagine a world with abundant clean water. 
Where everyone shares adequate energy from the sun and wind.
A world where forests, rivers, oceans, and wildlife thrive. 
A tomorrow more beautiful than today.
This is the world we want to create.

Population Matters Patreon, Sir David Attenborough once said:

All our environmental problems become easier to solve with fewer people, and harder – and ultimately impossible – to solve with ever more people.



This video clearly explains the effects of Climate Change on Australian weater and why we’re having intense dry spells alternating with extreme wet causing floods.

Mar 16, 2023
It is exactly one month ago that GEORGE SOROS gave a speech on the eve of the Munich Security Conference. Since then, so many remarkable things have happened – and have happened so fast – that it is worth comparing his predictions of a month ago with actual developments.

Here is his report:
The biggest changes have occurred in the global climate system. By this, I mean actual climate events and climate scientists’ understanding of those events. The main message I wanted to convey in Munich was that the global climate system is greatly dependent on what happens within the Arctic Circle. The Arctic Circle climate system used to be separate from the global climate system. Winds used to blow in a predictable counterclockwise direction; but, because of increased human interference, the separation between the Arctic climate system and the global climate system no longer prevails.

Indeed, cold air now leaks from the Arctic Circle and is replaced by warm air sucked up from outside. Consequently, the Arctic Circle has warmed up four times faster than the rest of the world over the last four decades, and the rate of warming is dangerously accelerating. Since my speech, temperatures in the Arctic Circle have soared over 20º Celsius above normal, setting records and intensifying concerns about the rate at which the Greenland ice sheet is melting.

National Snow and Ice Data Center Ice Scientist Matt Meier said, “What likely happened was a big atmospheric river pumped in warm and moist air from the Pacific southward.
And in the Arctic, which has been warming two to three times faster than the rest of the globe and is considered vulnerable to climate change, warm Atlantic air was coming north off the coast of Greenland.

Climate scientists’ understanding of the warming process has also taken a big step forward. They have been able to prove that the release of methane, a far more potent and dangerous greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, is greater than can be explained by the sources of emissions associated with human activity. This finding implies the existence of other sources – for example, increasing methane emissions from the warming permafrost – result from human disturbance of nature.

An increasing number of climate scientists believe it would be appropriate to declare a climate emergency, because, at the current rate, global warming is bound to exceed 1.5ºC. As Sir David King, chief science adviser to the British government under Gordon Brown and currently the head of the Climate Crisis Advisory Group, said last month, we need to “reduce emissions rapidly and remove excess greenhouse gases, but, most importantly and urgently, refreeze the Arctic.” That’s quite a large program, given the fact that we are already behind schedule.

EPA confirms salmon giant Tassal tried to stop release of report on antibiotic use in fish farms

“Tasmania is years behind the times in terms of international health regulations. No broadscale use of antibiotics in animal feed should be allowed.” Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP said.

Tassal earlier tried to block the release of information about the use of 1.3 tonnes of antibiotics at its Okehampton Bay leases, on the state’s east coast.

“Antibiotic use through fish feed should be banned in Tasmanian waters. We should move to vaccination, which is what the WHO recommended years ago.” MP Rosalie Woodruff said.

Elevated antibiotic levels had been found in native fish caught near fish pens, but EPA director Wes Ford said the medical advice was the risk to public safety was low.

Asked whether there was a need for real-time reporting to alert fishers to areas with high antibiotic levels, he did not rule it out. “That’s a discussion that still has to continue,” Mr Ford said.
“At the moment the government has put out an environmental standard for public comment and that’s the sort of feedback we are looking for in terms of a draft environmental standard.
“At the end of the day, the advice from the scientists, both from a public health and veterinary medical point of view, is that the risk to the public is very low and notification hasn’t been required for public health reasons.”

Mr Ford said since 2016, fish farmers had treated bacterial outbreaks with antibiotics nine times, but many of those instances had not been reported on because it was not required.

Greens environment spokeswoman Rosalie Woodruff said it was a “grotesque failure” of regulation.

“We won’t be satisfied until there is real-time reporting of antibiotic use,” she said.

Antibiotic use ‘very rare’, Premier says

My understanding is the use of antibiotics in the salmon farming industry is very rare. Of course, it’s a matter for the EPA, and it’s a very strict and rigorous process,” he said.

“I know there are a number of people in Tasmania who don’t want the industry, but I’m not prepared to accept that.

“I want to support the many thousands of people that are employed in the industry, and one of the ways we can do that is ensure there is public confidence in the industry.”

Dash for African oil and gas could wipe out Congo Forests

It’s one of the most famous and extraordinary places on Earth. The Virunga National Forest, established in 1925, is now an UNESCO World Heritage Site. This area, nested in the Congo Basin, is Africa’s oldest national park and is home to the only mountain gorillas left on the planet. But parts of this precious land are now up for auction.

Absorbs 4 percent of the world’s annual carbon emissions
In an auction announced last May, the Congo is selling 30 oil and gas drilling blocks across the Congo Basin, including some in the Virunga Park. The Congo Basin covers 1.3 billion acres spanning six nations. Its trees and soils and peat absorb about 4 percent of the world’s annual carbon emissions.

Jack and Jude witnessed the Congo Rainforest
When Jack and Jude were kids back in1969, we witnessed the magnificences of the Congo Rainforest in its original prime condition when driving a clapped-out VW combi van down through Africa and through thick forests filled with all kinds of wildlife interspersed by very few humans. While exploring this untouched jungle, our young minds imagined us to be the young explorer Doctor Livingston. African Honeymoon, due to be published in 2023, is the last book of a trilogy tells the story of these naïve newlyweds’ year-long adventure that eventually brought us to Australia.

David Livingstone attacked by a lion in Africa.
Credit: Wellcome Library, London.

World’s second largest forest under threat
A staggering 90% of the world’s dense forests are under threat from new fossil fuel investments in the Congo basin, the world’s second largest forest after the Amazon. This equates to 64m hectares (158 million acres) an area twice the size of Germany which overlaps with 150 existing or planned oil and gas exploration fields.

The executive director of Rainforest Foundation UK, Mr. Eisen says, “Oil and gas expansion poses a stark threat to the Congo basin forest and its millions of inhabitants who are the least responsible for the climate crisis. Achieving climate justice for them means polluting countries in the global north stepping up to rapidly decarbonise their own economies and supporting rainforest countries to transition to a low-carbon future,” 

In 2005, African nations moved to protect Congo rainforest
At a meeting in Congo Brazzaville, also attended by French President Jacques Chirac, the heads of state agreed to a 10-year plan to protect the forests.

They said, “The threat’s real and immediate. For example, with Cameroon, they’ve already lost approximately 90 percent of their original primary forest,” 

“In the Democratic Republic of Congo, it’s 80 percent of the original forest, and in Congo Brazzaville, that’s 70 percent. So very little of what originally existed remains.”

That was then in 2005. But now that they have road access crisscrossing this thick virgin forest, needing jobs and resources, who’s bothered by destroying another 4 percent of Earth’s carbon capture resource.

Jack and Jude plead with today’s youth NOT to trust adults to manage Earth’s resources. Centuries of only thinking about jobs and growth have tainted us. Come up with another way to manage our civilization that does not rely on increasing human population which requires more and more resources – which means less and less of Earth’s magnificent creatures. Don’t waste a moment or none will be here for your children.

The Ballina Flood and our Home >>>

Flood disaster at Ballina could have been avoided

Massively silted river not dredged for thirty years
The Richmond River at Ballina is extremely wide and slow moving in normal times. Once the second busiest port on the NSW coast, this river had many ships entering the port and a fleet of fishing vessels that could leave and re-enter on any state of the tide. But all that began to end in 1993, the year the NSW State Government last dredged the river mouth.

In the nearly thirty years since then, the river has become hugely impacted by growing sandbanks silting the river mouth that have made it the most treacherous on the east coast. No ships have entered this port in more than a decade, and the fishing fleet has dwindled to just a few that now brave the treacherous entrance to bring their catch to market.

Last dredged in 1993

Ten months ago, Jack and Jude, two experts on oceans and waterways, warned the Ballina Council that a disaster was imminent unless the Richmond River mouth was dredged. Jack and Jude are master mariners working vessels around the world since 1974. When not afloat, they share life alongside the Richmond River these last thirty years.

In consultation with long-term residents, they raised the alarm to the impacted condition of the river mouth that had created an even greater problem than the treacherous entry. The restrictions at the river mouth have caused the river upstream to become alarmingly clogged by ever-growing sandbanks that massively slow the flow of the river.

Responsibility to keep the ocean exit clear ~
Jack and Jude believe Ballina, as the outlet for all the runoff collected in the massive basin that includes Lismore, Ballina, Kyogle, Woodburn, and Coraki, have a responsibility to keep the ocean exit clear and free flowing so the communities upstream are not more greatly impacted by flood waters being held up downstream.

Woodburn bridge over the Richmond – 2022 Flood

They wrote to the Ballina Council with their concerns, but it took weeks for Council Officers to advise them that the NSW State Government is responsible for river maintenance. So, with that information, on the first of July 2021, Jack and Jude contacted the State representative for Ballina, The Greens party Tamara Smith, providing a detailed explanation of how in times of high river flows, such as the flood of 2017, fast waters that are restrained take the path of least resistance, which puts properties at risk of water inundation. At their house location, this had never happened in living memory.

It took Tamara Smith’s office three weeks to acknowledge receipt of their letter: “Your concerns have been passed onto a senior member of staff for further investigation and they will be in touch.”

But they were not in touch, except to say, “Tamara would like to make representations on your behalf to the Hon. Melinda Pavey MP – Minister for Water.”

Ballina CBD – 2022 flood Ballina

No further replies ~
Each month thereafter, Jack and Jude wrote again, asking for an update, But they received none.

In September, their last communications brought this reply: “Your email has been passed onto Tamara and her senior team.”

Since then there has been no further communications from Tamara Smith, State member for Ballina.

And now, the house that Jack and Jude built with their own hands that sits alongside the Richmond River, as well as thousands upon thousands of homes of other residents, are awash with brown, swirling flood waters destroying property.

Air rescue of stranded family – 2022 flood Ballina

Well Aware of Nature’s Forces ~
Jack and Jude are well aware of Nature’s force having sailed around the world in a homemade boat, and by living alongside a river, seeing the changes in the river flow impeded by increasing sandbanks. They’re not alarmists, but realists wondering about the blindness of both local and government authorities these last decades when they ignore such obvious signals of imminent danger; the changing river mouth, water flooding Ballina streets through the drains, and the Burns Point Ferry being halted due to water over its access roads. If these authorities had paid closer attention, Ballina would have escaped severe flooding. And the village of Woodburn may have escaped the lingering high water, 2 m higher than ever before. Not to mention the less time underwater for roads and infrastructure, saving the council time in repairs and ratepayers’ money.

Put Earth First  ~
While today’s mantra is all about jobs and growth, Jack and Jude say, for a return to a safer, less stressful life and better future for our children, Put Earth First in all our decisions.

The Ballina Flood and our House:

Some of our followers may know that we home-built Banyandah then sailed around the world in ‘ever-increasing circles’ for the next 15 years, home schooling our two sons along the way.

What few know is that upon our return to Australia in 1987, we purchased a bit of farmland alongside the Richmond River, just upstream from Ballina NSW.

Having spent our accumulated savings on the land, we continued to live afloat, on the anchor in Mobbs Bay. Our sons could row across the river to complete their high school education, while their parents went along the road to build a simple house from assorted materials; some new, the rest from salvaged materials. Back then on the Peninsula, time seemed to be thirty years behind, letting us trade labour for services and enjoy lots of help from the locals. Our sons also helped with the building and learnt basic carpentry, while acquiring both knowledge and he-man muscles.

As the years zoomed past, we became more and more involved in local issues and joined a group fighting the rezoning of Ballina’s only marina that would allow a developer to carve up the land for house lots. The group established a petition in many Ballina businesses that received thousands of signatures. But when the matter came before the Ballina Council, the developer’s lawyers argued our petition was invalid because it contained an unsubstantiated claim that pleasure boating would diminish. The Council agreed, threw out the signatures and voted in favour of rezoning. They also told the public that they would build a new marina closer to the centre of town—Hmm, after nearly 30 years, that has yet to happen. What did happen, the hire boats, houseboat rentals, tour boats all collapsed. Plus, the marine fuel bowsers are gone.

The defunct Ballina Marina – Banyandah and 4Js – 1987

After that, the river mouth began being neglected. Mobbs Bay, one of the safest swimming beaches for children on our side of the river, began to be undermined by sea surge toppling over the training wall. The wide, fine sand beach washed away and the casuarinas toppled over. But the council did nothing, and the community just couldn’t raise enough money in time to have Public Works fix the wall at our costs. Hmm, another bummer. We lost the safe swimming beach.

The devastation continued after the beach went when the spit washed away, taking with it the very best storm anchorage on the coast. Mobbs Bay is now so silted, the protection is shabby, with room for only a few shallow draft vessels. Hmm, we fondly remember living our first year of Ballina life in what was a quiet, landlocked bay.

Mobbs Bay once was a child-safe swimming beach and safe haven.

Last dredged in 1993

There have been other troubles like riverbank erosion to the edge of the bitumen right near where a young girl lost her life after she drove into the river. In general, the council pays little attention to the sparsely populated south side. And, it’s fair to say our side is still in the go-slow zone. Quiet folk enjoying life little changed.

School buses use this road – limit 80 kph

But, Jack and Jude have widely travelled the world and can see everything is changing rather quickly. For decades, scientists have been warning of catastrophic events unless humanity reins in its pollution. The world started getting serious about this in the 1990s. But then, a bunch of wars erupted in the Middle East. What a mess — one filled with plenty of agony and sadness. That tragedy delayed any serious discussion on humans polluting the environment – that is, until ecosystems started seriously failing. Our great Aussie icon, the Great Barrier Reef, got bleached so many times it’s now whiter than the very best French laundry. And unprecedented forest fires in 2019 burnt away almost all the forests of northern NSW, as well as a lot of houses and infrastructure. But we humans keep adding more jets in the skies, more cars on our roads, more power plants to supply our greatly expanding population. And now we’re told by those that should know, Earth is at the tipping point. Reduce climate changing emissions by 40% in the next 8 years or Earth will suffer irrevocable changes. Hmm, we’ll see.

Some say, What’s the big deal? Only that humans have driven at least 680 vertebrate species to extinction since the 1600s. Scientists believe that pollution, land clearing, and overfishing will kill off half of the planet’s existing land and marine species by 2100. Humans have already taken most of the arable land, burnt and converted almost all the large native forests.

So this long-winded diatribe comes to its pointy end by saying that a year ago we warned the almighty powers that the Richmond River was so impacted by sandbanks, a catastrophic flood could come with the next major weather event. You can read all about how that panned out in our latest Put Earth First column.

Here’s a heads-up: One of those old-timers that helped us get a start was the farmer who sold us our land. His family had settled the area a hundred fifty years earlier, and told us his house had never, ever flooded. We built ours considerably higher than his, and guess what—our homemade house got water through it in this March 2022 flood. Bummer.

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Save Earth Now — 6 Comments

  1. Unfortunately, the history of mankind (especially in the last few hundred years) has clearly shown that human beings, in general, will not change their ways until faced with cataclisms.
    To compound this, as someone else has stated on this forum, most “modern city dwellers” exist in an artificial and encapsulated environment and thus are either oblivious to mother nature’s subtle and not-so-subtle warnings! Others just do not care as they are ignorant of their dependence on nature’s goodwill.
    Now combine this sad attitude with greed (surely the worst human attribute of all) and we have a serious problem indeed.
    I hate to say it and I am being realistic: it will take impending human extinction and/or a worldwide cataclism to change things (for the better). This will be initiated by dimishing (thus affordable) reserves of oil, water and food. It will then descend into total chaos and anarchy.
    When I see how some humans treat defenceless animals and the disdain they hold towards any attempt by those who wish to defend and protect our global environment it saddens me and causes me great concerns about our (human) future.
    I am not typically pessimistic but I am a realist! I act upon my beliefs and am active in several environmental organisations BUT this is a very large and multi-dimensional problem.
    We need to be much more effective and vociferous.
    And yes, I am a sailor, diver, explorer, scientist, professional engineer, parent and a (very) concerned human being! How do we make a quantum leap here?
    BTW – great site.

    • Rick, while we agree with your assessment, it is imperative that concerned citizens highlight the good and call-out the tragedies to encourage the youth that there is hope if we do not give up. The youth need to unite to end the destruction of Earth and creatures.

  2. I know that we have all these problems but i mean yes we do think of stuff on how to prevent all this but why do people dont do anything to prevent it i mean only some do …. I’ve been going around peoples houses and some people dont care about whats going

  3. Hey Jack and Jude,
    Great site!
    Why is it mostly people living on a boat/loving sailing that really see the problems of the world/environment/sea? In 1976 I stated in an assessment for my new job that the biggest problem was the growth of the population. 36 years later unfortunately I am still right.
    I only can hope that more and more people will see this and start thinking the other way.

    • Thank you Pieter. One answer lies in the fact that sailors live surrounded by Nature and notice subtle changes. We use, and are affected by, Nature’s forces. Most of the first world live behind doors and look out windows as if the world was a painting. Alas, the trend in the youth is to isolate themselves further through headphones and devices. Let’s bring Nature’s wonder and adventure back into our lives.

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