Barren Ground – Bruce Hornsby and the Range

This song from the album A Night on the Town was released in 1990 and two things that year that were special for me were that I started my mature student’s Environmental Science degree course at Birkbeck College in London and the image that came to be named Pale Blue Dot was taken by Voyager 1.

The song is very emotive for anyone who is an environmentalist and talks about how we were back then creating all sorts of problems for people in the future for the sake of unsustainable wealth. Here we are thirty years later and nothing has changed. Humanity is living beyond the means of the planet to support it as a species. The current locust plague sweeping across parts of Africa will eat itself to death by consuming everything in its path or it will fall to numbers where the remaining vegetation can support its population numbers. Humans don’t like to think of themselves being similar to a plague of locusts but we are, in fact we are worse.

There are many songs, books, poems and other forms of words and media out there depicting what we human locusts have done and are doing to the world but few are acting on them. Worse still, our elected leaders are not acting on them or the scientific evidence of our effect as a species on the planet we live on.

Time to listen to the song and act upon it.

Barren Ground

The Pale Blue Dot turns 30 and a few billion years

We live such short lives and there is so much going on around us and with our limited ability to deal with so much information it is hard to see the relevance of bigger pictures outside our little bubbles of existence. Earlier this year one of the most famous and I would say important scientific images turned 30 years old. It’s a picture of Earth taken by Voyager 1 when it was 6 billion kilometres out from the pale blue dot that is us. Carl Sagan and Carolyn Porco, two imaging scientists on the mission, persuaded NASA to take some photos of our insignificance in the universe before the equipment was turned off.

Read more about how NASA have cleaned up the image here BBC report

If you have never listened to Carl Sagan’s very moving words on our pale blue dot and even if you have they are worth listening to again. They are very poignant in the light of the pettiness of some human individuals and how we act as a species.

The words of Carl Sagan

 

 

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