Thursday, 31 December 2015

Mercy, mercy me. . .

Woah ah, mercy mercy me
Ah things ain't what they used to be
Where did all the blue skies go?
Poison is the wind that blows from the north and south and east

We often lament that change happens, and climate change is a top priority on a global scale, but for some countries, it isn't high enough on the priority list because money or profit comes first.  Air pollution is at an all time high and I'm grateful to live in a place where we don't yet need to wear face masks to prevent toxins in the air from getting into our lungs but I can't help but wonder - how far off are we going to be?  I guess we have a lot to be thankful for in Aotearoa New Zealand where we have a political party whose founding principles were based on fighting for a cleaner nation with emphasis on environmental policies that would benefit future generations.  That being said, they have had much to contend with but I think without their willingness to bring these issues to the fore, it would not have forced other political parties to take a greater position on their own environmental policies.

Woo mercy, mercy me, mercy father
Ah things ain't what they used to be no, no
Oil wasted on the ocean and upon our seas, fish full of mercury

Oil spills still happen, and human error is often to blame for the countless spills over the generations, ruining our beaches and shorelines but more importantly the wildlife at sea who have happily existed for centuries without man's human error in transporting oil that we use or a certain oil company's horrendous oil spill a few years ago that cost millions gas tanks to clean up.

Ah oh mercy, mercy me
Ah things ain't what they used to be no, no
Radiation under the ground and in the sky
Animals and birds who live nearby are dying 

When we are testing radiation under ground and in the sky, it is with the intent to kill and to show power of one nation (or a league of nations) over another.  How do we talk ourselves into thinking this is ok?  When did we think that killing generations of people with radiation is acceptable, when did collateral damage in this way become something far removed from the humanity that we are trying to preserve?  The humanity that we say we are all trying to be a part of and share love with on a daily basis?

Oh mercy, mercy me
Ah things ain't what they used to be
What about this overcrowded land
How much more abuse from man can she stand?
Oh na na. . . 
My sweet Lord. . . no. . . 
My Lord. . . my sweet Lord. . . 

I hope that we can all contribute in some way to ensuring that we can make our own local environments better than when we entered into it.  What will we leave for future generations of our nations to enjoy?  What other wonders of the world will we hope to be able to maintain and sustain without the mighty hand of greed taking over our love of nature?  How much more abuse from man can she stand?  I don't know how much longer Mother Earth can take this from us.

Our human nature must remember to honour and respect nature.
Would you be able to sustain this level of abuse?
Only time will tell what is in store for Mother Earth and her inhabitants. . .