One Day It Will Be Too Late

Nuclear weapons were once thought to be the most destructive force on the planet. But even the horrific devastation that nuclear weapons can cause they are no match for another force we see in the world today.

That force is man’s greed. This would have to be the single most destructive force in the world around us. After watching “Ross Kemp: In Search Of Pirates” and delving into the source of Nigerian pirate forces I am appalled.

These are people who have fallen below the poverty line because their environment has been destroyed by oil. Large tracts of land and water-ways have become black wastelands. The pollution is mind-boggling. Of course, America is just beginning to experience the devastation of oil pollution to the detriment of its coastline. And we in New Zealand are opening our coast up to oil exploration.

Oil is not the only source of pollution in the world. Many other countries are belching fumes into the atmosphere, and toxic waste into the waterways. There is no need for the majority of the waste we create other than greed. Profit margins are the reason that we allow this destruction of the planet.

I fear for the legacy that we have left for my children, never mind my children’s children. The world will be a very different place 50 years from now, and it will not be for the better.

I’ll finish my rant and crawl into my clean comfortable bed, while others will go hungry in their polluted makeshift shacks. A little more of the world will die while I sleep. And tomorrow I’ll have forgotten the images of death and destruction … or will I?