Sunday, 1 September 2019
Old and new photos and a ramble
Michael's Bookshop where I work in Ramsgate has been busy
Links to the pictures of the books we put put out
I have done a bit of painting and taken some photos
Links to the photos
mostly Yesterday's I think
I was surprised at the relatively heavy police presence at the Extinction Rebellion protest in Ramsgate and some of the negative comment about the demonstration on local social media.
I grew up during a period where the greatest perceived threat to human life on the planet Earth was nuclear war, I started to become aware of the damage we were doing around 1970 and now we are already experiencing the adverse effects of damaging our environment.
In the short term and here in Thanet the major concern is Manston Airport becoming a major airfreight hub. If this happens the particulate air pollution it would produce will reduce the amount of time people in Thanet live for and will increase the early onset of dementia here. This isn't something that some anti airport group have said but it is stated clearly in the documents published by the company that intends to turn Manston Airport into an airfreight hub RSP.
Global warming is another one altogether, too large a global population burning too much fossil fuel.
I guess people will have looked at recent contradictory news items like the one that showed an electric car produced more global warming emissions than a similar spec diesel car.
My own take is that the only workable short term solution is to start looking at using genetically engineered vegetation and sunlight in the coastal areas around the desert parts of the world to produce some sort of methanol related fuel that can be used and transported using the existing infrastructure.
I think that the days of the private car are now numbered along with a lot of other things that we take for granted.
I suppose the people who are over 60 should be relatively unaffected by global warming, the particulate air pollution though does seem to be a major factor in the early onset of dementia which is not so good for this age group.
But yes and particularly in view of the large amount of antisocial behaviour I still wonder what the fairly heavy police presence was for. In Harbour Parade the majority of the traffic drives in to find no parking spaces and then drives out.