COP21, Climate Change, and Mother Earth

"COP21" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“COP21” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

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My friend Kendall Kadatz commissioned this cartoon. This is what he asked for:

“Hi David, I have been thinking about an image for a couple of weeks now and am feeling like it’s something that needs to be expressed, but I’m not an artist. I don’t think a lot of people would be willing to draw it, but I thought you might. So here goes. In light of the recent COP21 talks, this image came to me and became stuck in my brain. Mother Earth is lying down, battered and exhausted, her clothes disheveled and torn. In front of her with their back to the audience are 4 or 5 men, talking to themselves. They are making comments like…
– “You think she can hold on?”
– “Or should we slow down?”
– “I think we’ve got another 10 years.”
– “If we slow down, maybe 30.”
… Obviously they’ve been raping her and are debating how long the ordeal can continue before she fails. I was thinking of labeling the perpetrators Australia, Saudi Arabia, US, Canada, and Russia since they are the 5 highest polluters per capita…”

And this is what I came up with. He’s very happy with it. He should have the original drawing in his possession this week.

Thanks Kendall for the collaboration.

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7 Responses

  1. Bernardo says:

    Well China is way up there as are termites and rice.

  2. Bernardo says:

    “More than half the global population relies on rice as a regular part of their diet. But rice paddies have a downside for the planet too: They produce as much as 17 percent of the world’s total methane emissions. So Christer Jansson, a plant biochemist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, spent the past 10 years developing SUSIBA2, a genetically modified rice plant that emits almost no methane. Splicing a single barley gene into common rice, his team found, changed the way the plant handles photosynthesis: Instead of sending carbon to the roots, to feed the bacteria that produce methane, the plant directs it toward the grain and leaves, increasing the starch level and yield. “It’s a win-win,” says Jansson. The rice performed well in field tests in China, and now scientists are studying how cultivation affects it. Jansson says there’s no telling when the rice might be commercially available, but considering how severely methane can accelerate climate change, its eventual impact could be huge.”

  3. Caryn LeMur says:

    Bernardo: I thought for the sake of readers that wish to do their own research, I would offer a different view than your two posts.

    The World Bank would disagree with your assertion concerning China and attempting to tie China into being ‘way up there’ concerning ‘agricultural methane emissions’.

    http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/EN.ATM.METH.AG.ZS/countries/1W?display=map

    Also, when you view the map, notice that several of the nations producing most of the methane are not in the Rice World…

    I also find it interesting switching from two maps concerning CO2 emissions – by Nation, and then by Nation per Capita. The US, per capita, is considered a worse offender than China.

    http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/EN.ATM.CO2E.KT/countries/1W?display=map

    http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/EN.ATM.CO2E.PC/countries/1W?display=map

    There is more to the story than just saying ‘China is way up there’.

  4. hamsahandgirl says:

    Very disturbing, but it should be. We all should be concerned about the health of the planet we inhabit.

  5. Bernardo says:

    I was putting China “way up there” in the area of total pollution not just methane.

    “Top CO2 polluters and highest per capita

    Readers Question: What country’s don’t use the carbon tax and with country produces the most carbon dioxide.

    The biggest absolute emissions come from China, and the United States. In terms of CO2 emissions per capita, China is ranked only ranked 55th, at 6.2 metric tonnes per capita. The US is 8th at 17.6 per capita. India is the third highest country in terms of absolute emissions, but 127th in terms of per capita output with 1.7 metric tonnes per capita.

    The World Bank’s annual report on global environmental indicators, known as the “Little Green Data Book,” was released last week and contained a few surprises, including an unexpected contender for the country with the world’s worst air.

    The distinction did not go to the two most populous countries, India and China, both notorious for pollution and whose capital cities in particular take turns atop the global air pollution rankings (depending on whom you ask), but to the United Arab Emirates.

    According to recently introduced P.M. 2.5 criteria (measuring miniscule airborne pollutants smaller than 2.5 microns), the Middle Eastern nation comes off worst, with air containing 80 micrograms of pollutants per cubic meter. That’s slightly higher than China’s at 73 micrograms and more than double India’s at 32.

    According to recently introduced P.M. 2.5 criteria (measuring miniscule airborne pollutants smaller than 2.5 microns), the Middle Eastern nation comes off worst, with air containing 80 micrograms of pollutants per cubic meter. That’s slightly higher than China’s at 73 micrograms and more than double India’s at 32.”

    Then there are those darn termites:

    “Now researchers report that termites, digesting vegetable matter on a global basis, produce more than twice as much carbon dioxide as all the world’s smokestacks. “

  6. Adam Julians says:

    Did you consider my suggestion of argument form authority or look up about that Bernardo?

    I hear what you are saying Caryn about the US per capita being a worse offender than China.

  7. Gary says:

    Science governed by a politically driven agenda does not always make for the most reliable of conclusions.

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