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Lifton, Devon, United Kingdom, 2006/03/20 - Bush and Blair have chosen to pretend it is not happening and we have been effectively smoking the planet to death according to eminent planet doctors. The Gaiaoo Initiative calls upon Bush and Blair to make a statement responding to these warnings.
After smoking for most of your life, when you are told by your doctor that it is bad for your health you may choose to ignore it and carry on smoking. When the chief doctor in the land puts health warnings on the packet in big letters including the word “Death” you may still choose to ignore it. When enough of your friends realise that you may also be killing them through passive smoking, they force you to stop smoking by banning it in your local pub. As a planet we have been smoking by pollution using our cars and industries, the warnings have been on the packet and we have ignored them. Bush and Blair have chosen to pretend it is not happening and we have been effectively smoking the planet to death according to eminent planet doctors. The Gaiaoo Initiative calls upon Bush and Blair to make a statement responding to these warnings.
When you visit the doctor because you are not feeling very well and you are told that you need to be referred to the consultant and go to the hospital for xrays, you may still smoke on the way there. If the consultant then tells you that you have lung disease and shows you the xrays and tells you that if you don’t give up then you could suffer a terminal illness, would you give up then? In the case of the planet, several eminent planet consultants have diagnosed that the earth has lung disease and last week the World Meteorological Organisation provided the xrays, what are Bush, Blair and the G8 going to do?
You would assume that Bush and Blair might comment when one of the worlds most eminent planet physicians James Lovelock who has taught Chemistry at Harvard , Yale and Oxford and worked for NASA says on the first page of his book “Revenge of Gaia” published this year “I speak as a planetary physician whose patient, the living earth , complains of a fever; I see the Earth’s declining health as our most important concern, our very lives depending upon a healthy Earth” and providing the xrays the WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud a United Nations Agency said last week that "Global observations coordinated by WMO show that levels of carbon dioxide, the most abundant greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, continue to increase steadily and show no signs of levelling off,".
Bush and Blair can leave it up to Computer Scientists to fix the problem at their own expense through initiatives developed in their Garages such as Gaiaoo, which would be like attending a self help group. Alternatively they can listen to the doctor and take the medicine as prescribed which is to encourage the planet to give up smoking. The doctor is not saying this is easy, in fact Lovelock states again in his book “The G8 meeting in Scotland in 2005 had climate change as an agenda item but it was marginalized when London experienced a serious terrorist incident.” he goes onto say “To recover, even to lessen the consequences of our past errors, will take an extra-ordinary degree of international effort and a carefully planned sequence for replacing fossil carbon with safer energy sources. We as a civilisation are all too much like someone addicted to a drug that will kill if continued and kill if suddenly withdrawn. We are in the present mess through our intelligence and inventiveness.”
The Gaiaoo initiative’s objective is to reduce the amount of distance people, food and goods need to travel as way of working towards giving up the planet’s smoking. It is a free internet resource which enables members of the public to publish information and news relating to their town and the local area in which they live, such as car sharing, locally sourced food from farmers, second hand goods available locally and recycling.
Paul Watkinson the Computer Scientist who developed Gaiaoo, says that “for Gaiaoo to support the potential numbers of users it would need to be hosted on an IBM Mainframe, which is not something that you would find in your garage, this is a global problem which requires a Global initiative”.