Ron Lebar, Classic Organ & Piano Service

The impact of our western culture.
The true cost of our lifestyle.

Holding page, data to be written, when time permits.

Water is a high priority for all of us, next only to oxygen. We need a certain amount every day, to stay alive and healthy. It is said we are 70% water, some claim 80%.

This over-simplification is not quite true, if it was we would simply evaporate in the sun, on a hot day. It does however have some truth, about two thirds of our body mass is either water or water in combination with other chemicals, as in cells etc.

This page will highlight the problem faced by up to a quarter of all the people on Earth. The lack of access to clean water, for many, lack of reasonable access to water at all.

The waterfall used as a background is the copyright of the photographer. I do not know the origin of this photograph but like it. If its owner will contact me, I will provide a credit and copyright message. I will also happily provide a link to his site. If he or she does not want me to use it, I will replace it with another. I believe the falls are in Carolina.

Corporate Genocide, a Modern Holocaust.

Deep in the heart of Borneo a human tradegy is unfolding, at an accelerating pace.

The Penan are the last tribe of nomadic hunter-gatherers remaining in Asia. For millennia they have lived a life of harmony with nature in the huge ten milllion year old Sarawak rain forest. Gathering wild plants and hunting wild animals for food.

Many of us will remember reading about the mysterious tribes, deep in Borneo's inpenetrable jungle, from our school days. Now these people, famous for hunting with blow-pipes and poison darts, face extinction.

That vast inpenetrable jungle is no more, the worst aspects of modern technology has seen to that. In the last 45 years 90 percent of the rain forest has been wiped out by mechanised industrial logging companies. Due to the destruction of their habitat, the majority of the Penan have already been forced to give up their nomadic life.

They are, however, still affected by logging operations and the resultant pollution. The remainder are under threat, together with other tribal communities. Rivers are polluted, due to logging activities, eliminating the only source of clean water. Plants are destroyed, along with the forest. Animals die of starvation, are killed by loggers or driven away by loss of habitat.

Samling Timber, a gigantic Malaysian industrial logging company, are the main perpetrators. The timber is used by the building industies of 'developed' countries. Japan is a major customer, rain forest timber is turned into plywood, used in shuttering for concrete pouring. Some years ago a Japanese offficial was tackled on this subject, during a TV broadcast.

When asked what his company would do when the rain forest was completely destroyed, he replied, "We will find another source". This is the corporate mentality the World is faced with. Australia is also a major customer for Malaysian timber. There is an active movement to persuade their Government to stop these imports, some people care.

As a species, we are busy sawing off the branch we are collectively sitting on.

Jewsons, a French owned British timber company, was apparently the first overseas customer for timber from the land of the Penan. They claim to be "The U.K.'s leading supplier of building materials", their claimed credentials as leaders in environmental concerns are seemingly lacking in substance.

We have written to the company, asking them to cease import of rain forest timber. We will let everyone know what response, if any, we receive. We also plan writimg to our Government, asking them to ban such imports. We hope you will do the same, or E-Mail us for forwarding.

Samling, having almost wiped out Borneo's rain forests, have got their cruel claws into other countries' rain forests. Also into the forests of impoverished countries from the former Soviet Union. Such is the relentless unfeeling, unthinking drive for corporate profits.

The mudslide this year, that wiped out a Philippines farming village, together with its inhabitants, was caused by deforestation of a mountain. Another disaster caused by corporate greed and irresponsibility. Similar mudslide calamities, caused in the same way, have struck European communities in the past few years.

Bruno Manser Fonds (BMF)
Image copyright Bruno-Manser-Fonds
Bruno - Manser - Fonds (BMF)

Society for the Peoples of the Rainforest. A site run by environmental and human rights activists. In memory of Bruno Manser, rain forest and human rights activist. Missing in action during his last visit to the Sarawak rain forests in May 2000. A biography has been published, the title is: "Bruno Manser - Die Stimme des Waldes".

The site is available in English, Deutsch and Français.

In the Book of Revelations there were seven plagues predicted.

Global warming is mainly due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

This increase has a number of causes, due to human activities. Most of our energy needs are met by burning fossil fuels.

Ancient man discovered fire, we have not advanced past this. The good news is that non-renewable resources will eventually run out, giving our World a chance to recover.

The bad news is that once we can no longer burn fuel at a profligate rate, cooling will take far longer than the two centuries or so of industry driven warming.

Meanwhile our high technology society will grind to a halt without energy. When the Earth finally cools, we will have no artificial means left to keep ourselves warm.

De-forestation is another major cause of increased carbon dioxide. Trees and plants use photo synthesis to reduce carbon dioxide to free oxygen.

Trees are therefore an essential part of the cycle of life on this planet. With less of them there will be less oxygen and more carbon dioxide. Not good for us.

The Eighth Plague.
The War of the World.

In the last couple of centuries, our "civilised" industrial society has swarmed over this planet like a plague of locusts, devouring everything in its path.

The devastation increased at a geometric rate, once mobile industrial machinery and fast transport became widely available.

A small army of men, armed with bulldozers and chainsaws, wipe out thousands of square miles of rain forest in a few years.

Our machines of destruction resemble giant insects, they strip bigger plants over far greater areas, faster than natural marauders.

In place of millions of years of bio-diversity they leave smoking desolation and pollution.

In place of life breathing, oxygen producing forest, they leave millions of tons of carbon dioxide and other atmospheric poisoning on a vast scale.

In place of millennia of human cultural diversity they leave genocide, starving and homeless groups of indigenous peoples.

The carbon / oxygen cycle, yet to be written.

  Armageddon, Our Industrial Legacy.  
Beyond ecological disaster. What the future may hold, if we carry on as we are.

The damage we have already caused to our planet, the damage we are still causing, is beyond our current knowledge, abilities, resources and technology to put right.

When we no longer have that technology, when the resources it uses are finally exhausted, we will have no chance of doing much about it. Our numbers will dwindle, from the projected nine thousand million to perhaps a few million. Possibly even to a few hundred thousand.

Living a nomadic life, walking from place to place, to fit in with wildly changing weather patterns. In a far more inhospitable World, with far less available resources, than our remote ancestors had to cope with.

Computers will be long gone, as will current medicine. There will be no written language, no books. What paper was not burnt for fuel will have rotted away, due to high humidity. Our distant descendents will have little knowledge of the cause of their plight.

Final extinction will be a possiblity. Going out with a whimper, not a bang.

  Utopia, an alternative scenario.  
To follow soon...

Utopia, an alternative scenario. Section yet to be written.

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edited on the 25th of February 2007. © Ron Lebar, Author.