So, Happy New Year to all! This is what greeted me on the beginning of the new year. First this and other articles about the common Murre and their mass suicide attempts. The Murre lives it whole life at sea, mostly never seeing land, never mind landing on land. The only time this happens is to mate and rear young and this only happens on high cliffs above their beloved sea that gives them everything they need. Well, things have changed, it appears to me that knowing they are all dying of starvation, having heard of THE GREAT INLAND where humans dominate the environment and selfishly live with no regard to the effects of our lifestyle on other living creatures, they decided to stage a demonstration of civil disobedience, and die along our road system to hopefully sway humans TO STOP DESTROYING THIER WORLD AND STOP BURNING GAS, COAL, AND DIESEL!!!
Then, me being here, 230 miles inland from the coast, started hearing stories of local folks seeing these birds , who should be hundreds of miles off shore, along our road, Then I see a group flying NORTH, what is happening? They can not take off from land, they need to be in water to take off! Then one lands by our main gate and dies, I am devastated.
So, now I go to write on this blog about this and to give you all a link to the article, I google 'alaska murre die off', and page after page of articles on sea bird and mammal mass die offs all up and down the Pacific coast line, east and western shores..........
I can not believe that good educated smart folks can not see the results of our actions! I can not believe that good caring parents, grand parents, uncles, aunts friends of any child, or dog or cat lover can continue to keep their 'head in the sand' as to our individual actions which are destroying the whole living ecosystem of the earth.
It is past time to stop burning fossil fuels, It is past time for consumers to demand from anyone we do business with to usher in the new clean energy economy., to bring us the tools to continue to live a wonderful life while not destroying the only place we can all live. The technology is here, today and I am happy to say I live it with passion. What is not here yet is the consumers to stand up and say "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, I WILL NOT SUPPORT THE OIL COMPANIES ANYMORE, I WILL ONLY SUPPORT AND BUY PRODUCTS WHICH ARE GREEN AND CLEAN"
I plead with everyone who is rich enough to have a computer, time to sit and read on the world wide web and this blog to start finding ways to cut down on your own use of fossil fuels today and every day forward. I know deep in my heart that when enough folks stand up and commit ourselves, like has happened in the past when good folks had enough with social wrongs like slavery, or women's rights or littering or smog prevention or Hitlers actions or or or, our world, our economy, our society will change fast and a cleaner environment, a stable climate will become the norm again and we can all go on about our silly little lives like we are doing today.
I apologize for my attempts to wake folks up, though I hope a couple or more of you are starting to see a little more where our priorities should be. DOING THE RIGHT THING FEELS REALLY GOOD.
Author kirk martakis
Born in New York, came to Alaska in 1979 and have never looked back. Been a great wild ride, now at 57 yrs old, these are my thoughts.
Please remember these posts are my opinions, and truly mean nothing. We do have a great place to experience, and don't let my 'rambling' to keep you from visiting us, I promise not to 'ramble' when you are here.