Category Archives: Environment

Interesting article on air travel today

Yep, I read an interesting article. It asked why aeroplane flights (which are quite polluting) were so cheap compared to train travel which takes long and is definitely expensive.

They compared a flight from Amsterdam to Prague for €40 to a train journey of 11 hours, costing €180. (This can be reduced to €100 but that is still 2.5 times the price of a plane ticket.)

To make a change, trains should become MUCH faster. It’s possible (TGV from France, Japan’s Bullet Train, and several high speed trains in China prove this) but for some reason there is no incentive to invest in trains. It is apparently better to fly or drive a car (despite all the traffic jams), because both these give options to ask more and more money from the passengers and drivers.

I know. I once had a temp job that made me sit in the car 4 to 5 hours each day. Doing that by train would have me travel 8 to 10 hours a day. That is a pretty bleak comparison, isn’t it?

I’m afraid it will take a long time before politicians, who should have the power and also the wisdom to see benefits to faster trains, have the stamina to do something about this. Until they stop being governed by big companies, we’re in a dark spot which is getting polluted more and more…

The Dakota pipeline.

Much has been said about it. But it’s never enough.

Since when is it the task of the police (you know, these people who uphold the law, protect, serve, saves us from crime and all that) to use force against peaceful protesters who stand up to protect their sacred lands (which is officially theirs) from being turned into a huge oil spill disaster waiting to happen?

(Image via Google+)

Guns, rubber bullets, bean bags (don’t misunderstand those; these things are meant to hurt), water cannons, even dogs. Those are the ways big oil companies try to ‘persuade’ their opponents to go away. It’s a crying shame. Those oil companies should be prosecuted. Where is the honour in such behaviour? All that counts is money. Who cares about the earth, the water, the sacred lands of the native Americans?

Big oil companies… can you grow food on dollars? Can you drink oil when you’re thirsty? No, you can’t. No one can. Are you people deaf, dumb and blind? According to a comment on Youtube, Dakota Access was told by the federal government not to drill close to the Missouri River. Apparently that was too difficult to understand for the board of directors, because have you noticed where they are drilling?

The world stands with Standing Rock. I stand with Standing Rock.

I hope the US government takes responsibility and ends this disgrace, this humiliation of justice. Stop this, please, before people get killed. There have been enough wounded already, and even a reporter was shot in the back with a rubber bullet while interviewing someone.

This is horror.

#NoDAPL

A bird and its bag

This morning I drove to work as usual. At some point I suddenly saw a blackbird fly off. It carried something in its beak. The something was a plastic bag it had found in a field. Birds should not find plastic bags in fields. Plastic bags are bad news for animals and I loathe people who toss their ‘useless’ plastic bags down wherever they stand. They don’t think. These people have no idea what they do, no respect for life.

plastic-bag-in-empty-fieldI can only hope that this blackbird used the plastic bag for a nest instead of trying to eat it. The latter would mean certain death  for a beautiful, innocent animal, thrown away by some idiot that doesn’t stop to think.

Is this what modern society turns people into?

Senn. More than a film.

You may never have heard of Senn. It’s a film not out of Hollywood – and that’s a good thing, because I don’t think Hollywood will ever make something of such quality and depth.

Do as you’re instructed.

On my writer’s blog I’ve already paid some attention to Senn in regards to the film and the language that was designed for it. This post will focus on something else.

Senn is the name of a person on the planet Pyom. Pyom is a destroyed planet. The people of Pyom as a destroyed people. Oh, they live, walk and talk but their life isn’t what it used to be. (You may have gathered that Senn is a science fiction film. Otherwise now you know.)

Looking at Senn I saw lots of similarities of what’s going on on our own planet, and despite everything that’s going on, there is still that human touch which can remain alive. It shows the strength of people. Senn has touched me deeply.

Senn is not for science fiction lovers who are into space battles, Cylons, Klingons and gory, ooze-dripping aliens that rip people apart. Senn goes deep, very deep. If you feel you can handle that, if you think you can having your own mind ‘ripped apart’ (in a way that is how it felt to me after seeing it the first time) then please have a look at Senn. Otherwise go back to the Cylons.

You can find the film for sale (DVD, Bluray, digital download, etc.) at the Reelhouse. If you want to learn more about Senn, visit Sennition, the website that will tell you lots and lots about it.

Your car. The prize and the price.

You are undoubtedly aware that your car is expensive. It’s expensive in ways you may not even have considered. First of course there is a lot of money involved in actually buying the thing, after deciding on the right colour.

Fun bits like insurance, taxes and inevitably fuel costs are something that you take into consideration as well.

But did you ever stop to think how much of the time you use that precious car? For most people it will stand around unused for at least 80% of the time. If not more. 80% of a day is 19 hours. Do you drive your car for 5 hours a day? If so, well, poor you (unless it’s your job to drive it). Do you drive it 3 hours a day? Then your car is standing around used for over 85% of the time!

It’s also a sad truth that many people who use their car for 3 hours a day even sit inside it while the car’s standing still.

Most drivers are familiar with the popular traffic jam that pops up more and more these days and weeks.

I am convinced that there are more efficient ways of transport and commute. Most people probably are aware of that. The problem is that so much has been invested in our addiction to the car that it’s hard to kick that habit. And “big oil” isn’t going to help us get rid of our car, their income, anytime soo.