Why humans will never pay much attention to climate change.

8 03 2013

During our walk tonight, I thought about people and how strange they are, and why they will probably never care much about climate change.

To most people, the thought of losing an eye is a dreadful thing, yet not many care about their ears… they will delight in listening to live bands or movies (I remember a time you could see a movie and not be deaf by the end of it) or their headphones at the highest volume for hours on end… and if they lose their sensitivity to sound or go deaf, they don’t care a jot.

Then there’s smoking. Despite all warnings for the past forty years, there still exist corporations which sell tobacco to people who delight in inhaling smoke for some strange reason, horrific stories about cancer and photos of growths and of dying people on packets don’t sway them, they will keep puffing earnestly until their lungs turn black and they die a horrible death.

Then of course there is alcohol, which if drunk in copious amounts makes people lose their sense of who they are and causes them to throw up into strange toilet bowls at clubs or what have you… or even on other people. This is reputably called “A good night out”

People will sometimes eat until they resemble a massive blob of fat, unable to move without a powered chair, and perhaps go beyond that point where they cannot get out of bed at all, all because of a crazy lust for food.

They will also consume sugar until they end up on a course of daily insulin injections.

And they will also delight in burning themselves to a crisp, lying half naked on a beach.

So just how likely are we, considering we’ve known about Climate Change since the 1970s, to stand up and do something?

I really don’t think that will ever happen.

People aren’t interested or motivated about the subject at all, despite the fact that it will kill us.

A post on Ninjas or Nyan Cats will receive a lot of love and comments, but generally when I post on Climate Change, dead silence, which I think is extremely sad for us.


Moving away from Fossil Fuel

19 06 2012
It’s 1990.
I’m a guy from the future and I’m telling my audience that soon they will have the ability to use the internet on their phones.I hear a few coughs from the audience.

I go on and say they will send photos, taken with their phones and also send short messages to anyone in the world.

“And how much will a phone like that cost?” asks an audience member.

“About $1000” I reply.

People are clearly not convinced.

You see, they only know what they have, they don’t see what could be, and even those who think I might be right, think it could happen, but perhaps forty years from now.

This is where we are with Petrol, Oil and Gas.

We need to change because our planet, and we, will suffer greatly if we don’t.

If subsidies for fossil fuels went to the Steve Jobs of the green energy sector, then we may be generating our own power, from something which is cheap to buy, durable and… no more electricity bills.

I want my money going to science and research, not to a horse and cart industry which will hurt us and our future.

#endfossilfuelsubsidies   #endfossilfueldependence

“I love a sunflower”

5 06 2012

It’s a phrase from the song “Sowing the seeds of love” by Tears for Fears.

And I’ve bought it up because I’ve been thinking about C02 and the average persons frustration with wanting to do *something* about it… yes, planting a tree is all well and good, but a lot of us don’t have the room, and trees also take so long to grow.

But sunflowers can grow really big, in just a few months, and have massive gas absorbing leaves and beautiful cheery flowers which remind us of the sun and it’s effect upon the Earth.

What if we all got together in early spring and planted as many sunflowers as we can?

In our garden, on the nature strip, on abandoned land… everywhere.

And suddenly had all this green, and all those beautiful flowers.

Is that a thought?


Sci Fi Sci

31 05 2012

I’ve come up with an interesting idea for a science series, which is part Sci fi and part factual.

What if you could have Doctor Who (An expert on time) host a show about fossils, travelling back in time, in his TARDIS, to explain how things looked thousands of years ago, giving an insight into the natural history of Earth?

Or Jean-Luc Picard hosting a show about the local planets, from the Enterprise itself?

Now we’ve had actors providing their voice for these sorts of shows before, but never in character. This would not be a voice over job for the actor, but a chance for the viewer to accompany the character on a ride through time and space, and learning about real science along the way.

This would be how “Sci Fi Sci” would work.

Obviously this would require film and TV companies getting together and giving their OK , I’m thinking about rights issues, but if done well, it could be quite an exciting, and entertaining documentary series.

“Sci Fi Sci” (c) Wolfie Rankin 2012 – All Rights Reserved


Little monster

7 04 2012

“It’s harmless” was the mantra for religion, it was the bottom line in this family for the reasons for marching kids off to sunday school.

Except it wasn’t harmless.

I lacked a lot of self confidence, and I found religion made it all the more difficult for me, and with the bullies I endured at school, did I really need one extra reason to feel ashamed of myself, or lesser than I felt that I was?

Undoing what religion did to my mind, took years. and mind you, I was never all that religious either… but it was here, in the home, sort of hiding in corners.

Now and then it would sort of leap out at me at unexpected times, or drift past like an almost unnoticed fart.

To untie all those knots and crawl ever so slowly out of that took time.

I didn’t spring out of bed one morning and run down the street in my undies, yelling that I was an atheist.

And with that personal experience, I can’t expect anyone else to either, although what tends to take others days, takes years with me, or seems to.

I suppose because I’ve had to do so much on my own, and never had a mentor or guide to show me the way.

If religion was harmless, then it wouldn’t be getting in the way of making decisions about big issues, such as climate change, same sex marriage and birth control. but it does get in the way.

And playing with the notion that God exists but Climate Change doesn’t is simply playing with fire, and that’s dangerous to us all.

Things that matter

28 01 2012

As concerned global citizens, we call on you to stand for a free and open Internet and reject the ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which would destroy it. The Internet is a crucial tool for people around the world to exchange ideas and promote democracy. We urge you to show true global leadership and protect our rights.


As concerned global citizens we urge you to stand with Africa and face down the USA and other countries looking to wreck climate talks and our planet. We call on you to save and strengthen the Kyoto Protocol and work together to agree on a more ambitious legally binding deal no later than 2015. Our climate is in crisis, our future depends on your leadership now.


Weather or not

24 03 2011

So climate change might be happening, and perhaps there’s something we can do about it, but some people don’t want any part of it and deny the lot, which strikes me as odd… what’s the worst that can happen?

I’m seeing it like this.

Say that you live out in the bush somewhere, and there’s a road leading down to your house from the top of a hill, and you’re inside, reading the paper at your kitchen table, when suddenly the kid from the next property, darts into your house, screaming for you to get out, because there’s a logging truck which seems to have lost control, hurtling towards your home.

You have two choices.

Grab something precious, and get out quick, or tell the kid he’s an idiot and just sit there.

If the truck is really coming, then you’ve been warned and you’ll survive, even if your house doesn’t, and the kid is a hero, all good.

If there’s no truck, you can give the kid a kick up the bum for crying wolf *cough*, and go back to reading the paper, although with a slightly bruised ego.

Now by my calculations, that works out as 100% possibility of survival.

If you remained inside the house and there was no out of control truck hurtling towards your home with a full load of dead trees, then you were right, the kid was an idiot and you’re fine.

But if there was a truck, you’ve found yourself in heaven for grumpy humans who won’t listen to a warning when they’re given one. *twists your ear*

A quick calculation says that being a denier gives you a 50% chance of survival.

Listening to the climate change scientists isn’t going to matter much, yeah ok, you may have to pay a bit more in tax… but you can’t spend money if the planet goes down the gurgler, make sense?