This is the impact of our daily life on the planet

Every day, we all make choices that impact our local area, country, and the world at large. It can be hard to make the link between your favourite chocolate treat and deforestation in Indonesia – but when you zoom out a little, the impact of all our choices become clear.

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Fire and smoke rise from a controlled burn of oil on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico near BP's Deepwater Horizon spill source. The BP leased Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded April 20 and sank after burning, leaking record amounts of crude oil from the broken pipeline into the sea.

Fire and smoke rise from a controlled burn of oil on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico near BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill source. The BP leased Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded April 20 and sank after burning, leaking record amounts of crude oil from the broken pipeline into the sea.

A network of tracks in a deforested area for oil palm plantations near Kwala Kwayan. Indonesia has one of the fastest rates of forest destruction on the planet, with the expansion of palm oil and pulp and paper plantations as the major drivers, pushing the orangutan to the brink of extinction and accelerating climate change.

A network of tracks in a deforested area for oil palm plantations near Kwala Kwayan.
Indonesia has one of the fastest rates of forest destruction on the planet, with the expansion of palm oil and pulp and paper plantations as the major drivers, pushing the orangutan to the brink of extinction and accelerating climate change.

Industrial wastewater containing hazardous chemicals discharged into the Cihaur River, a tributary of the Citarum River.

Industrial wastewater containing hazardous chemicals discharged into the Cihaur River, a tributary of the Citarum River.

The Muli opencast coal mine, operated by the Kingho group, close to the Chi-Lien Mountains. A Greenpeace investigation revealed the presence of a giant coal mine  illegally encroaching on a nature reserve at the source of the Yellow River. The sprawling mining operation, covering an area 14 times larger than the City of London, at an altitude of over 4,000m, was documented in detail for the first time by Greenpeace East Asia.

The Muli opencast coal mine, operated by the Kingho group, close to the Chi-Lien Mountains.
A Greenpeace investigation revealed the presence of a giant coal mine illegally encroaching on a nature reserve at the source of the Yellow River. The sprawling mining operation, covering an area 14 times larger than the City of London, at an altitude of over 4,000m, was documented in detail for the first time by Greenpeace East Asia.

An oiled beach in Thailand. Oil slick is seen on the forth day of clean up at Ao Phrao beach, Ko Samed, Rayong Province, one of the most affected areas by the oil spill. More than 50,000 liters of crude oil has spilled into the sea, 20 kilometers southeast of the Map Ta Phut industrial estate following a leak from a pipeline at an offshore platform.

An oiled beach in Thailand. Oil slick is seen on the forth day of clean up at Ao Phrao beach, Ko Samed, Rayong Province, one of the most affected areas by the oil spill. More than 50,000 liters of crude oil has spilled into the sea, 20 kilometers southeast of the Map Ta Phut industrial estate following a leak from a pipeline at an offshore platform.

Deforestation in Mato Grosso. Deforestation for cattle farming expansion is seen from the air. The clearance line limits the area to be burned, preventing the fire spreading to the rest of the forest.

Deforestation in Mato Grosso. Deforestation for cattle farming expansion is seen from the air. The clearance line limits the area to be burned, preventing the fire spreading to the rest of the forest.

Dried up ponds after they have been used by the coal industry in Asam-asam Coal Mine in South Kalimantan.

Dried up ponds after they have been used by the coal industry in Asam-asam Coal Mine in South Kalimantan.

Dangerous Air Pollution in Delhi. Delhi has been recording dangerous levels of air pollution putting everyone, but especially children, elders and patients, at serious health risk.

Dangerous Air Pollution in Delhi. Delhi has been recording dangerous levels of air pollution putting everyone, but especially children, elders and patients, at serious health risk.

The Tullahan River (running between the cities of Caloocan and Valenzuela) turns pink and purple as foam from unknown source covers part of the river.  People living in the area say that the formation of effluent in different colors occurs almost everyday. Residents along Tullahan river have noted a multi-coloured effluent in the river water, rocks and banks.  Several industries, such as paper, pen and dye factories, are located upstream from this site.

The Tullahan River (running between the cities of Caloocan and Valenzuela) turns pink and purple as foam from unknown source covers part of the river. People living in the area say that the formation of effluent in different colors occurs almost everyday. Residents along Tullahan river have noted a multi-coloured effluent in the river water, rocks and banks. Several industries, such as paper, pen and dye factories, are located upstream from this site.

A man attempts to rescue two oil firefighters, Zhang Liang and Han Xiaoxiong, struggling in thick oil slick. One man Zhang Liang (top L) later died as he drowned in the thick oil. The workers ran into trouble as they were attempting to fix an underwater pump during oil spill cleanup operations.  The spill was caused by a pipeline blast at the Dalian Port.

A man attempts to rescue two oil firefighters, Zhang Liang and Han Xiaoxiong, struggling in thick oil slick. One man Zhang Liang (top L) later died as he drowned in the thick oil. The workers ran into trouble as they were attempting to fix an underwater pump during oil spill cleanup operations. The spill was caused by a pipeline blast at the Dalian Port.

Sink-Holes in Inner Mongolia.  In 2012, there were as many as 139 wells pumping water from the Hulun Buir grassland with an estimated daily displacement of 26 tons. This grassland contains hundreds of collapsed trenches ranging from 1 to 3 metres in depth.

Sink-Holes in Inner Mongolia. In 2012, there were as many as 139 wells pumping water from the Hulun Buir grassland with an estimated daily displacement of 26 tons. This grassland contains hundreds of collapsed trenches ranging from 1 to 3 metres in depth.

Freshly burnt landscape, evidence of continuing fires in forest moratorium areas. Sumber Jaya Village, District Siak Kecil, Bengkalis, Riau Province, Indonesia.

Freshly burnt landscape, evidence of continuing fires in forest moratorium areas. Sumber Jaya Village, District Siak Kecil, Bengkalis, Riau Province, Indonesia.

On 9 December 2014 an oil spill occurred at the Sela river of Sundarbans, Bangladesh, a UNESCO World Heritage site, when an oil-tanker named Southern Star VII, carrying 350,000 litres of furnace oil was sunk in the river after it had been hit by a cargo vessel. The event is very threatening to the region's flora and fauna.

On 9 December 2014 an oil spill occurred at the Sela river of Sundarbans, Bangladesh, a UNESCO World Heritage site, when an oil-tanker named Southern Star VII, carrying 350,000 litres of furnace oil was sunk in the river after it had been hit by a cargo vessel. The event is very threatening to the region’s flora and fauna.

A barge loaded with marine fuel oil sits partially submerged in the Houston Ship Channel, March 22, 2014. The bulk carrier Summer Wind, reported a collision between the Summer Wind and a barge, containing 924,000 gallons of fuel oil, towed by the motor vessel Miss Susan.

A barge loaded with marine fuel oil sits partially submerged in the Houston Ship Channel, March 22, 2014. The bulk carrier Summer Wind, reported a collision between the Summer Wind and a barge, containing 924,000 gallons of fuel oil, towed by the motor vessel Miss Susan.

A controlled burn of oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon/ oil spill sends towers of fire hundreds of feet into the air over the Gulf of Mexico.

A controlled burn of oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon/ oil spill sends towers of fire hundreds of feet into the air over the Gulf of Mexico.

The way we’re working through the world’s resources is unsustainable and dangerous. Something’s got to give.

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  • Zac

    Cringe worthy. Tugging on my emotions at a deeper level then i have felt with some of my closest human beings. The the strong then us and it will survive. We may not.

  • Janet Murphy

    Sad, really, really sad. Recently read Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road’. Feel like that is going to be our and Earth’s future even if we pull up, and that I fear is an impossibility. Who in their right mind would think that a mere bunch of humans could tip the Earth’s scales and send it into a death spin.

  • Andy Freeman

    Trouble is, we.re up against money…big bucks for those that don,t need it and don,t care. Money has got to them at whatever cost. They, stupidly,think money it going to protect them from the destruction of our planet. Ha ha….wake up guys, this is our Children’s home we,re destroying..

    • Matthew Barnes

      Or maybe they aren’t deluded into thinking the planet isn’t going to be destroyed with pollution here or pollution there.

      If you really want to make a difference however, get rich and use your money create jobs and make it happen.

      Otherwise: Clam up, and stop asking people to “Wake up!” Nobody is in a state of sleep just because they don’t put stock into the same values that you do.

  • Una Wendt

    Why would the so-called “elite” self-appointed rulers of this planet bring the house down around their own ears? Don’t they get irradiated, chemtrailed and ultimately modified like the rest of us? Aren’t their children in peril just like ours?

    Underground bunkers or not, the rapid deterioration of our environment is leading toward a dead planet if their machinations aren’t halted some time very soon.

    What these manipulators are up to is not life giving, it is death dealing – for humanity and all of nature. Why would anyone/anything do such a thing? To answer that, people first need to realize that that’s what they’re doing.

    Deliberately trashing our planet.
    The Utter Insanity

    It’s beyond our fully grasping how these entities think and operate because of the difference in vibrational understanding. They’re insane psychopaths in our minds, we’re dumb sheep in theirs. Someone said the reptilians told them to trash the environment but don’t worry, their greys will restore everything. Neat little package but it always makes me wonder since they’re doing exactly that, wantonly trashing the place.

    The oceans are being deliberately killed off. The Macondo oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico never ended. It’s still gushing oil and other toxic elements which work their way around the gulf and then take the Atlantic current up the US coast and over to Europe, screwing that whole system up. What did they expect would happen when you drill miles down into a known volcanic undersea region? And oil leaks and spills continue worldwide with hardly a mention anymore.

    To then spray the banned dispersant Corexit over the area so it wouldn’t look so bad, further killing off sea life and dangerously toxifying the entire region is even further insanity.

    Sewage and waste, much of which won’t decompose for centuries, is flooded into the seas and tributaries in gargantuan amounts. On top of that the US Navy is “experimenting” with huge algae blooms that starve sea life of oxygen and disturb the natural life-cycles of the sea, while they’re also playing with sonic warfare equipment that also results in mass fish and other sea life die-offs.

    Add chemtrails/geoengineering to the mix now, and weather manipulation and earthquake induction. How about genetic modification of just about anything that’s alive. The current assault on the northeast US with these manipulated arctic cold incursions extend right out over that same Gulf stream that drives not only drives the weather system but could bring on a massive killing off of the Atlantic much like is happening to the Pacific ocean via radiation.

    The irradiation of our planet is massive–all from decades of hundreds of atom bomb tests, reactor meltdowns, the use of depleted uranium in weaponry and even medical and so-called security usage. Remember, Fukushima, like the Macondo well, is still spewing, and our atmosphere and oceans are getting massive amounts of radiation with cataclysmic animal and plant die offs being recorded. With hundreds of reactors reaching deterioration point and a mad world on the verge of a nuclear holocaust, the outlook is, what you my might say, a little tenuous.

    That’s the state of our home. The planet on which we live.
    Feeding Off Accelerated Entropy

    At the very least these manipulative forces imposing their paradigm upon the earth and her inhabitants is a purely anti-creative force, a form of relative darkness that feeds off of the entropic breakdown they engineer and exacerbate. Instead of the magnificent creative growing complex force of life, entropy is the breakdown of organized structures into lower, simpler forms which in turn releases energy.

    In nature this happens as living forms decay, giving off heat and and water vapor and replenishing the soil with nutrients for the next cycle of growth of living, wonderfully complex organisms. All natural.

    Engineering entropy is another thing. While harnessing a river’s energy via electric generators may seem innocent enough, the by-product of man’s actions are cumulative. Damming up the world’s rivers has changed the natural flow and distribution of water. Drilling for oil to burn and mining massive amounts of other natural resources is changing the make up of the earth’s interior and the balance of nature as well. Asphalting and paving the surface of the earth is literally turning the world inside out. That cannot bode well.

    This entropic reduction for power can be dramatically seen in an atomic explosion, which only results in death, destruction and the lingering of deadly radiation for many hundreds of years. Other forms of massive energy releases such as the vast array of weapons of war are using entropy for power and control. Fluoridating our water, chemtrailing our skies and altering our food are other forms of this. Besides organic and even inorganic structures breaking down unnaturally, these and other toxins and drugs are making humanity stupid and dazed – chemically lobotomized and unable to function properly.

    In addition, our geoengineered skies are also precipitating increased methane releases and other entropic breakdowns that seriously threaten our planet’s very existence. EMFs from cell masts, Wifi, smart meters and appliances, GWEN towers and other new technologies, and massive antenna arrays such as HAARP further break down the natural magnetic resonance of the planet, ourselves and everything on it.

    The entire biodiversity of the planet is shrinking drastically as plant and animal species are disappearing at an exponential rate. All of this is a designed breakdown to harvest energy and bring the planet to a lower vibrational state while also lessening the sustainable size of the human population, a documented program long in the works.

    This is where it becomes apparent who is engineering all of this. Whatever you want to call it – evil, satanic, rogue ETs and transdimensionals or archonic entities as the Gnostics taught, it appears we’re dealing with a force not natural to our environment, something we call other worldly that exists in another dimension and seeks to transform and take over the world we inhabit. It is not only from another plane of existence, it is parasitic in nature and seeks the complete subjugation of our planet and our species.
    Entropic Psycho-Spiritual Vampirism

    Similar to the chemical and biological programs, breaking down the human spirit for psychic energy harvesting is another exercise in entropy. This is the big one, their drug of choice. We know the entities that guide and motivate the dark rulers of this world feed off of fear, violence, pain, suffering and even death. For them the more heightened the intensity, the better, which is why drugs, perverted sex, human sacrifice and energy sucking Satanic rituals are so madly pursued by these dark energy vampires.

    The breakdown in society’s complexity and the cultural variety of the planet has always been important to them. Our natural tendency as conscious beings is to love and care for each other, unite in cause and purpose for the betterment of all. This tremendously creative force generates incredible spiritual awareness and empowerment and re-creation, like crystals spontaneously growing beautiful fractal structures as consciousness taps into infinite potential.

    That forces have always fought against this for the empowerment of some titular energy/control freaks at the top at the expense of the many has apparently been our planet’s plight for untold millennia, but with these advances in technology we’re witnessing an exponential increase that is approaching critical mass.

    Our connection to infinite, conscious creative awareness is diametrically opposed to the world they come from. While we revel in empathy, compassion and love they have no such affinity. It is not just foreign to them, but anathema. Their cold, calculated realm runs purely on self gratification, which extends from sexual lust to the dark ecstasy of having control over the lives of others. It is two dimensional. They wish they had what we have but wouldn’t know what to do with it anyway. That’s why they fear us, manifested in the intense hate and violence they breed. They know the only control they can have over a superior consciousness is fear, which shuts off our connection to Source.
    Where the Hell Are We?

    Is this planet a playing field to see who wakes up and who doesn’t? Are the asleep destined to constant recycling into this strange arena called Earth until they get the point, wake up and make an effort to help get this planet on its true track of conscious awareness and a society based on love and cooperation?

    You can sure see why the religions have a field day with this. People want to know, they want this question answered. Even if it’s only a belief, they want to lay it to rest. Unfortunately they play right into the controllers’ hands when they do so.

    “Back to sleep, now. Don’t want you to ask too many questions. It’s God’s will, that’s all you need to know. Just feel guilty for your sins, be obedient, and send money.”

    Even the dualism we see being played out is part of the game. While there is a struggle between what we call light and dark forces, these dualities we see being played out at different levels are illusions, distractions from the core principle of life which is conscious awareness and our innate inter-connectivity with the creative Source.

    http://wakeup-world.com/2015/04/04/the-deliberate-trashing-of-planet-earth/

  • Bertrand Charron

    You could also have added pictures of urban sprawl (or rural urbanisation): so common that it is deemed ‘normal’ yet it is the same acceptance of this urbanisation that leads to a lack of/skewed perception when it comes to other visual (or not) environmental/anthropogenic impacts. Some may say (and I’d disagree, but); ‘If one (glorified urban centers being the proof of our civilizations’ greatness) anthropogenic is acceptable & the sign of progress, then the other (environmental) is the [right?] price to pay’. Time to re-evaluate. Sydney is as much a ‘problem’ as Paris, London, Tokyo and Mexico City… or is it?

  • Glenda Redfern

    I am not financial enough to support Greenpeace in this way but I do my bit by reposting all information sent to me by Greenpeace along with my own thought provoking statements, and I will continue to do so as it makes others aware of what is going on in the world. I have had many great responses to my posts, the more of us that spread the word and stand together the better, seems to be the only way to bring about change in this world, they can’t ignore us all.

  • Carole

    i thank my lucky stars for Greenpeace. Without you guys we would not see half of what goes on and it is our ignorance that makes us unwittingly complicit in destroying our own environment. I applaud you all for being brave enough to go where you know people don’t want you snooping around and exposing all of this stuff. If not you, then who would bring it out into the open. Thank you all for the great work you do and the way you selflessly put yourselves on the line to bring these things out into the open and create awareness and dialogue and hopefully change.