This continual tit-for-tat,
“mine is bigger than yours”
“ I am going to let it off”
scenarios prove one thing.
We must get off this planet as soon as possible.
It is not normal, in the UK in August, to have two successive Mondays at 35 degrees C and the rest of their respective weeks at 14 degrees C.
We have to sort out why sunbursts are happening so frequently. Is this the Mayan Prophecy coming true? We are on a once in 3000 years’ planetary trajectory and meteorites are hitting us more frequently. One the size of a bus would create enormous damage and we do not know where that will fall. It makes sense to put more funding into tracing the sky, preferably together.
And in the face of it all, seeming to ignore the danger, there are two men. The choleric face of Mr Trump fills me with misgiving as does the calm face of Mr Kim-Jon Un. Two different ideologies.
It is unfair of Mr Trump to ask China to mount sanctions on North Korea, who is a key trading partner. China may be looking for a way for either side to stop this behaviour, without anyone losing face. We were cast into World War II for the same reason. Neville Chamberlain warned Germany that if he invaded Poland, Britain would enter the war. Surely we have learnt that lesson? Millions of men died in World War II and a whole generation of women missed having babies as there were so few men. Could all consider what would happen if the planet imploded or if a string of earthquakes carved us in half, gigantic tsunamis blanking out populations? The Larsen B iceshelf, in the Antarctic will calve imminently: 5000 kms in diameter!
We need to look skywards, so that each of these men can save their nations. As Mr Barack Obama evidently wrote to Mr Trump, Presidents are caretakers. We are all caretakers of this life to make it better for the next generation.
War is fruitless as Syria knows. A country has been systematically destroyed and returned to rubble and desert, its people irreparably damaged.
So back to the bigger picture, back to calming the dreadful extremes of weather … or leave Earth. Without a planet, all wars and people disintegrate.
In the event that we do not wake up to safety, space-stations could be used as initial living quarters on as many planets and moons that we can reach. Monitor for the best, easiest or cheapest and send out pioneers. We should give them hope of return. Their names will be carved on a memorial with our gratitude, to be passed from one generation to the next. Their faces will be remembered.
There may not be an Earth to which they want to return.