I think a big problem is that people of European descent have no analogous sacred places.
For example, a Japanese friend of mine was confused about the situation in Hawaii, so I explained it to her like this – "How would you feel if people came to Japan from some other part of the world and decided to construct a huge building on top of Mount Fuji?" She immediately understood completely, without me needing to say more. In Japan, Fuji-san is sacred among both Buddhists and Shintoists.
But there are no such sacred locations in Western worldviews. As a result, people of European descent have no way to truly empathise with the Hawaiians. Where the Hawaiians see a sacred site and a symbol of their culture, all Europeans see is a big mountain.
Astronomy is a deep and passionate interest of mine. It has captivated me since I was a small child gazing at stars up until I was a scruffy looking postdoc receiving a PhD certificate in astrophysics. I'm saying this so you'll understand where I'm coming from when I say – the Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT) needs to be built somewhere else. They need to leave Mauna Kea alone.
There are many other places to build telescopes, and it's inexcusable that US authorities are doing their best to sweep Native Hawaiian voices under the rug. I want no part in this. Nor should anyone with even a shred of compassion.
I found something which you might like...
BBC radio, David Attenborough, Life on Earth, 2019
10 mp3 files, 3hrs 20 mins
"...history of the natural world and takes us back 4 billion years to the very first living creatures...David Attenborough has revisited and updated the original text, taking a new generation of readers and listeners on an extraordinary journey through the evolution of life on earth. From evidence of the earliest spark of life we will go on to take in a vast array of living creatures..."
This playlist also has a performance of the first movement from Beethoven's Moonlight sonata (the famous one). Unfortunately, one of the keys on the piano needs to be fixed. Bad voicing, maybe from a misaligned hammer? I'm not sure. I'm no piano expert. But I noticed it and now I can't un-notice it!
Which is a pity, because it bugs me, and the melody is otherwise really nicely played.
"Singapore is fortifying its defences against climate change, with $400 million being pumped into upgrading and maintaining its drains over the next two years, and $10 million more channelled into studying sea level rise.
[I]n the rare scenario that high mean sea levels, high tide and high surge all occur at the same time, sea levels could rise almost 4m above the current mean [...]"
Crimes Pay But Botany Doesn't is one of the most meaningful youtube accounts. It is only POV shots of walking through plants with a former Chicago biker talking about the different plants with notes like 'climate change you call it natural well that comet that came and destroyed the earth was also natural'
And the species genus of the plant across the screen
Icon. I guarantee he is better than Ranger Rick at getting people to care about nature
I like plants more than people 🌱
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