World Environment Day

I’d like to talk about trees today.

Tomorrow is World Environment Day and one of its aims for 2009 is to see seven billion planted around the world by the end of the year.

Some 3.1 billion have been planted – in 166 countries – already.

You can support the Billion Tree Campaign very easily, as the United Nations Environment Programme will plant a tree for everyone on Twitter who follows @UNEPandYou by 5 June, so please do merrily tweet and re-tweet about that.

Everyone knows that trees absorb carbon dioxide; over its lifetime of 100 years, each tree will inhale roughly one tonne. The average tree, in one year, exhales enough oxygen for a family of four for a year. So why are we cutting them down?

Tragically, some 20,000 hectares of forest are lost per day – that’s an area twice the size of Paris. Greenpeace this week published their ‘Slaughtering the Amazon’ report, which makes interesting reading for anyone looking to boycott the companies responsible for Brazil’s disappearing greenery. (When you consider that the Amazon is estimated to store between 80 and 120 billion tonnes of carbon, you can imagine how crucial it is to protect it from destruction.)

The worldwide loss of natural forest actually contributes more to global carbon emissions than the transport sector each year, so planting more trees and curbing deforestation is certainly a positive and cost-effective way of reducing emissions.

Furthermore, trees enhance the natural landscape, provide a habitat for local wildlife, help conserve both soil and water, protect coastal areas, stabilise sand dunes and control avalanches. They provide sources of fuel, food and medicine.

Writing as an unashamed tree-hugger, if you’re able to plant just one tree this year, please do; you won’t regret it. They’ll attract insects, which will in turn attract birds. They’ll shade you from the sun and shelter you from the wind and rain. They’ll beautify your garden and nourish you with their fruits. You can strip dead branches of their bark and combine with fallen leaves to further enhance the quality of your soil. You don’t even need much more than a container to plant one.

To coincide with World Environment Day, tomorrow marks the historic release of ‘HOME’. Have a look at the trailer and make a date to watch the film in its glorious entirety, free of charge, here. I’d love to know what you think of it.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour's official blog, The Blog ('Features' previously being its rather naff title), affectionately - or lazily - shortened to 'FEd'.

83 thoughts on “World Environment Day”

  1. While I am not a believer in human caused global warming; I do understand the many benefits of trees.

    I have planted 10 trees this year alone. Some fruit trees. I am just starting to build my own home orchard.

    I envy farmers, while hard work is a huge part, I actually enjoy that part, call me strange.

    Anyway, this advice is sound, plant a tree, it is amazing to watch God’s creation grow.

    1. Good luck with your orchard, Alan.

      By the way, I don’t think you’re strange at all, but that’s because I feel the same way. How rewarding it is to see something you’ve lovingly nurtured develop into something edible and/or beautiful.

    2. I allow trees to grow as well. In fact, I’m always finding myself trying to keep new trees from growing across my property, as they tend to want to grow along the driveway and in my backyard, yet they grow quite well in the forest of my property.

      They don’t seem to be having any problem at all there except for in denuded locations. But once we humans are all dead, as Al Gore claims we will be, then the trees and animals will thrive again.

      Guh…

  2. The sun shines on most of the world, flowers open as the dawn arrives. Creatures crawl, our bees make honey. Changing season brings harvest to some. Charcoal lays where trees once stood. Animals run in panic as the flames get higher, Islands are rising, icebergs melting, polar bears struggling. The Albatross hears the whales last call as the spear hits and the boat pulls. Oil slicks cover the Seals, only to save them from the culling.

    Our world has become a chemical warfare, tomorrow I’m going to hug and plant a tree to let the world know that I care.

    Save a family, let’s give life, save the world, LIVE A GREEN LIFE.

    1. This makes me want to puke…

      “Our world has become a chemical warfare…”

      You are sorely misguided.

    2. You are sorely misguided.

      Please, could you tell us where all those truths you are saying comes from? Why she should be “misguided” and you should be right?

      You say global warming (if existing) is only part of a natural cycle.

      It would be true, if us humans wouldn’t have interposed in this equilibrium, but we did.

      Our Earth will maybe be able to repair by herself some of the damages we provoked, but certainly not all of them. And, anyway, if she could also repair all damage, I don’t think it would be a good excuse to avoid worrying about it.

  3. One of the greatest books I’ve ever read is entitled, “The Legacy of Luna” by Julia Butterfly Hill. I showed her story to my children and told them that this kind of action and commitment is what defines a true hero. Not hitting a lot of home runs or walking on red carpets to obtain some silly statue…

    1. Matt:

      So good to have heroes. Especially the ones who seems to have a higher calling, rather than ones who only see $$$ as their inspiration.

      Love to read about Jane Goodall, Cynthia Moss. Two of my favorites who have lived in Africa for many many years, doing something selfless and very worthwhile.

      Thank you for pointing this person out as I was unaware of her. Will be reading up.

      Jan

    2. Thanks Jan, you’ll enjoy the read.

      You’d think a two year tree sit would be relatively boring but it’s anything but. They buzzed her with helicopters repeatedly endangering her safety and the winters were some of the harshest for that region.

      There is talk of a movie (I see Julia Roberts as perfect for this) and I really hope that one is done because it would generate more well deserved interest in her future campaigns.

    3. I think we should all educate our children in the environment and the needs and causes, whether we walk on red carpets or not.

      Thank you for the information on the book, I will most certainly look it up.

  4. Thank you for bringing Home to our attention, FEd – looks both shocking, and inspiring: inspiring people into positive action, hopefully.

    And tomorrow is an eminently suitable day for its release. I’ll be tuning in, and hope that many others do. As someone with children, I do despair at times as to what sort of world they are inheriting…

    1. Let’s hope it does inspire people into positive action, Matt. Some of the stills are breath-taking.

  5. Yes, breath-taking. Apt description. Unfortunately it applies to the beautiful and the ugly. The first few pictures are so gorgeous that it makes you wonder why we are in such a hurry to destroy the earth, animals and plants and ultimately ourselves.

    I think mankind has ‘blindly gone where no man has gone before’.

    It pains me that there is so much beauty being lost daily. It is heartbreaking so see the devastation being caused by people.

    There is a ‘national treasure’ in Japan (I believe that is what they call their most revered artists) whose favorite subject is trees.

    Wasn’t the poem:

    “I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree”? (The grey cells need dusting off.)

    Looking forward to the program, but will have box of Kleenex ready.

    Jan

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  7. Sejamos então; Seres ditos “inteligentes e superiores” capazes de encarar e assumir o que fizemos com nosso planeta.

    Desejo com toda minha alma que ainda haja tempo pra salvarmos nosso planeta.

    Contemplar uma borboleta que se lança ao vento… sem rumo… apenas bailando e se deixando levar pela magia da natureza…

    Meu Amor eterno a voce David Gilmour!

    Rosangela / Brasil

  8. Good topic Fed. There is nothing more beautiful than a tree and we should all take part in planting them to help keep the planet green and clean.

    A few years ago we planted 100 Cyprus trees along our property and it is amazing how fast they grow and how pretty they are.

    We have 2 new for harvest apple trees that we planted last year that should have red and golden apples on them this summer. When we bought this property years back we were blessed with fruit trees everywhere, figs, peaches, apples, blue berries, black berries. It is lovely with a patch of woods that we cherish and keep in its natural state.

    I hope every one plants a tree this year! They are wonderful to have for bird watching and feeding also.

    Have a good weekend everyone.

    Barbara P

  9. Earlier this year on Earth Day, my youngest came home from pre-school with a pine sapling. Together we planted it in a pot for the time being to let it gain some size. Eventually we’ll replant it somewhere else. Currently we keep it on a wall that we all pass each day.

    Point is that she sees it every day and is not just reminded of Earth Day but also of the fun she had in planting it will Daddy.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  10. I was happy when I knew that my town council decided to plant a tree for each new born baby, on the hills outside the city. A nice symbolic way to celebrate a birth, more than something useful to do for our environment, I think.

    I received a book as a gift last year. It’s the census of the ancient monumental Italian trees. It was made by our Corpo Forestale dello Stato, in English should be something like “National Forests Army”, but I’m not sure if this translation makes sense.

    I saw only two of those trees with my own eyes and it was a very strange experience. I was really amazed. They communicated such a big respect that I couldn’t do anything else than standing there in silence.

    Here is the online version of the catalogue, just to show you.

    Thanks for the trailer FEd, I will certainly watch the film, if I find it.

  11. I’ve never really considered myself a “tree hugger,” but I’ve always loved trees and now that Mr. Gilmour has made me aware I think I’ll do it (plant one).

    Never knew all the “technical stuff” about trees, just thought they were beautiful and really loved the shade that they provide.

    Really love the music, too.

    A life-long fan.

  12. “We have the power to change”. Yes, we do. But it takes time. We must educate our children about the importance of trees and the environment. I am constantly showing Imogen the different trees around my area and telling her why they are so important.

    I have a decent size garden full of shrubs and trees. My overgrown Cypress trees at the rear of my garden support life for the wonderful Wood Pigeon. One night I even heard a hooting owl so I am looking into installing a nest box in order to encourage them to move into my garden and breed.

    To me, the tree is the most sacred thing on the planet and I am in favour of this topic.

    I have had a go on the Twitter thing, but I am a bit ignorant in that I don’t understand how it works. It did saying “following” so I hope that is good enough and that a tree will be planted.

    Sorry to hark on about my city, but the Council seem to be very aware of the importance of trees. Birmingham is absolutely filled with trees and that’s why I love it so. There are many different species to look at. I look forward to teaching Imogen the name of a new species of tree every day.

    I am also shocked at how destructive we humans are. Is this the price we pay for our intelligence? All these time saving devices we have made for ourselves. We need to look at alternatives.

    Maybe we are not so intelligent after all.

  13. Hey Fed and all,

    After our last topic, I think this is one that we can all agree on.

    Last year we planted a pagoda dogwood in our backyard. This is a tree native to North America and a new hybrid of the dogwood species. The branch structure is like a Japanese pagoda.. .hence the name. The leaves are beautiful and they have flowers which attract bees and later small fruit that feed the birds. All in all a good all rounder.

    I am like you… a certified loony tree hugger. 😀

    Cheers, Howard

  14. i know i don’t post here much or even ever. this subject i do care enough about to post something.

    as we live our lives here on mother earth we must treat her with respect and take care for her as much as possible! she’s the only one we have!

    be careful with her!!!! PLEASE!!!

    1. Mark,

      I understand that you do not write on here very often, neither do I.

      I would just like to say that what you have written sums this issue up for me. Let’s face it, whatever is causing all the problems the environment has are MAN MADE, we are to blame. I just wish others would realise this.

  15. Hi FEd,

    some time ago I decided that when my time of dying will come I wish my body burnt and don’t care at all about ashes or flowers in memory, but to plant a tree everywhere my husband, daughter, brother and friends prefer so… just three or more new trees will be born on this earth.

    It’s so necessary to live with trees, flowers, water, music, love and pets more than a lot of money (enough to live, not only to survive). 😀

    Have a nice week end, mates!
    diana

  16. My wife has a piece of forested land about 150 miles away from here. She inherited it long before she and I met. Tired of life where we are, we have decided to build a house on the land and move out there.

    One of my concerns was that we preserve as many of the trees as we possibly can, which she agreed to. It was her idea to build a multi-storey house on a smaller foundation to decrease our footprint. We are building on forested land, but we aim to keep the land forested.

    This will be part of our efforts to preserve the planet that sustains and nurtures us.

  17. I recommend the following book by Rachel Carson: “Silent Spring.”

    This book started the modern environmental movement.

    1. Bravo Dan. I’m impressed someone has read her, to say.

      Trees are the breath of life and I tell the grandchildren that broccoli are the same, friend!

  18. Hi Ho Fed,

    I happily and wholeheartedly agree with and support such actions. We have just this week organised for two more large trees to be planted in our yard (they will start small) with a further half dozen to come, but as yet haven’t planned where they will go. I agree with the ‘fruit, birds, shade, wind-break and so forth’ reasons for planting them, as well as the simple fact that for me they are lovely things to have.

    But, and there is usually a but, I did have a cross between a chuckle and a confusion at what you asked FEd…

    “So why are we cutting them down?”

    Followed later with…

    “They provide sources of fuel, food and medicine.”

    As with so many global issues regarding the environment, it isn’t so much what we are doing but how many of us are doing it.

    Cheers
    Christopher… who harvested his first ‘crop’ of Macadamia nuts this year.

    1. :)) And how about this?

      “You don’t even need much more than a container to plant one.”

      Soil being a good thing to use, as well…

    2. I couldn’t agree more FEd. What’s more, because it’s that easy, for those of us who can grow them in pots should do so and give them away. Particularly sensible because if you can germinate them from a mature tree, it means that particular tree is happy and growing well, so share it with your neighbours (I particularly enjoy walking the dog and planting seeds as I go). Or, just as easily, pot a fruit tree and stick it on your porch. You can be living in an apartment many stories above the street and still plant a tree.

      If you do, I suggest you don’t chop it down for fuel however… take advantage of either crops or needed removals to keep the pot belly warm.

      Take a little and give a lot. Easy really.

      Cheers
      Christopher

  19. I had forgotten that the film was coming out today (thanks, FEd). I can’t wait to watch it with my kids. I hope and suspect that any lingering doubts about man’s contribution to global warming will be answered by this film.

    I’m proud that we (The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center) have planted close to 500 trees this year, mostly with school kids and community volunteers. And we have 6 months to go before 2010.

  20. Rather a coincidence: I’m replacing my 15 year old PBX at home with a new one tomorrow and the only reason was to save energy (the new one consumes only 3,3W!!!)…

    We had to cut down 2 trees in our garden because they had a disease, but we’ll replace them (quince and pear, if you want to know) in couple of months, when it’s the right time for them.

    Best regards,
    Taki

  21. Fed,

    I certainly can appreciate the need for environmental awareness and Gary McKinnon and all of the other important issues of the day.

    That being said, I’m going to be a little selfish here and ask if Phil Taylor will be back anytime soon for a Q&A type forum?

    I regret not asking Mr. Taylor in his previous Q&A this question that has been bothering me since Nov 1 1987 (the first time that I saw Mr. Gilmour): How in the world does Gilmour keep that Strat in tune for the intro/outro of SORROW? He is using a standard tremola that doesn’t even have the little ball-bearing locking tuners (I have those) and that guitar stays right in tune.

    Can ANYONE out here in Gilmour-land answer that question? It is actually a very good question as I’m sure that the other guitar wankers on here will attest.

    Have a great weekend, all.

    Blake in Nashville

    1. Phil’s wisdom and experience is always welcome, of course, but I have probably nagged him enough already. We’ll see.

      I like your choice of words to describe guitarists, though. 🙂

    2. I’m a Wanker! :v

      If the Strat is properly set up right, with the strings properly wrapped around the post, it should stay in tune. I find a little Nut Sauce (google it, I’m not takin’ the piss) works a treat. After David does the intro you will notice he’s looking for his strobe tuner to re-tune.

      Another Q&A Session with Phil or the chap from David’s boat would be most welcome!

      Cheers,
      Paul

  22. Many moons ago I had the privilege to study plants and became an Herbalist, of which I firmly believe in. Pharmaceuticals have theIr place in society. However this can be debated heavily both ways and I do not wish to dwell on that.

    For a thesis, to change pace, I chose to do an article on trees.

    One of my favourite stories set in South America where a tribe member was cast out because of an illness.

    On his own and suffering, he collapsed and fell nearby a pool of water. Suffering from extreme ague (fever) he drank the water and noticed later that a tree had fallen previously and he got better later to return home and tell his story.

    The tree was later discovered to contain a high content of quinine. The bark from Cinchona was used as medicine thereafter. 🙂

    1. I work for a major pharmaceutical company. A chemist told me that all drugs were once herbal remedies, it’s only when huge companies buy the rights that they become very expensive drugs.

  23. We’re in the process of re-landscaping a large area around our fishing/irrigation pond. We replaced all the grass with many types of fruit, palm, maple, magnolia and blue spruce trees. We’re also putting in some patches of turf grass that don’t require water to keep some parts green between the bark and sand.

    We’ve reduced our watering to less than quarter of what the grass required. Even though we’re on a well and don’t pay for water, it feels much better to be using less water for landscaping.

    Next on the revamp list is solar. All good investments for better self-sufficiency and effective stewardship of land in the country.

    Happy World Environment Day!

  24. I read in the Greenpeace report that cattle are responsible for about 80% of Amazon deforestation.

    I also heard that, in South-East Asia (mainly in Indonesia and Malaysia), oil palm cultivation is responsible for widespread deforestation.

    Indonesia has announced a plan to double oil palm production by 2025, therefore planning the destruction of 1.8 million hectares of rainforests in Borneo.

    Here is an interesting article about that.

    Of course, this expansion of the oil palm plantations in the island of Borneo has in large part been led by companies that are Unilever suppliers and RSPO members…

    However, and to cheer you up, FEd, I found that on the Greenpeace website.

    Hmm… Are you as sceptical as me about Unilever’s good resolutions? 😉

    Michèle

    1. I wouldn’t trust a single word uttered by anyone at Unilever. It’s all well and good setting future targets (pledging that, by 2015, they’ll only use oil that’s certified ‘sustainable’), but what about now?

      This is the world’s biggest user of palm oil, the world’s cheapest cooking oil, so I’m not at all surprised to see that so many of their products contain it (nor that Procter & Gamble would not disclose details of its use when asked to).

      Many people don’t realise that most of the products they buy every single day are made by either Unilever or Proctor & Gamble: Flora, Fairy, Dove, Hellmann’s, Persil, Lipton, Knorr, Pampers, Pantene, Gillette, Iams, Oral-B, Pringles, Olay, Duracell, Febreze…

      Such incredible, unwitting demand for palm oil is not helping the rainforests or the endangered species that consider it their home, such as orang-utans and the Sumatran tiger. The orang-utan could well be driven to the point of extinction within a decade – so much for Unilever’s 2015.

      Consumers can’t easily boycott products containing palm oil because it’s so often listed simply – conveniently – as ‘vegetable oil’ on product labels, but here is a list of some best-selling brands.

      I’d be interested if anyone can add to it.

    2. I’d be interested if anyone can add to it.

      Please, have a look at this.

      Sorry, it’s in French, but numbers and percentages speak in any language, no? 😉

    3. Consumers can’t easily boycott products containing palm oil because it’s so often listed simply – conveniently – as ‘vegetable oil’ on product labels

      Maybe this could help.

    4. Thank you, Michèle and Alessandra.

      I’ll send a quick e-mail to all those listed here, and if anyone has e-mail addresses for other people of significance, do share.

      That’s another reason to boycott KFC, then…

    5. Consumers can’t easily boycott products containing palm oil because it’s so often listed simply – conveniently – as ‘vegetable oil’ on product labels, but here is a list of some best-selling brands.

      Another thing that most of that list seems to have in common is that it’s junk food.

      There’s a lot to be said for home cooking.

    6. Michèle,

      I really found your link to reading about Indonesia’s destruction of Borneo’s rainforests fascinating. I saw a “Planet Earth” segment on TV about Borneo that showed the result of logging, etc., so I was aware of the problem. Also, FEd’s list of products to avoid was amazing and I recognized quite a few American brands.

      To Blake, that was really nice what you wrote about the intro to Sorrow because that just happens to be my favorite Pink Floyd song.

      Today is International Ocean Day and the earth is consumed by almost 78% ocean which have their own problems with Whale Harpooners and other terrorists of the oceans, sea animals and plants.

      Great input by all here. Have learned a lot. I have a forest of trees on my property but I have such reverence for them I would never cut down a tree unless it was diseased and could possibly fall on someone and kill it.

      Patricia

  25. Hi Fed

    I feel very privileged to live where I live – in the middle of 300+ acres surrounded by trees (out of bushfire danger though). My trees give me enough carbon offset to play my stereo a bit louder.

    I get annoyed with discussions about climate change and global warming and people saying how they don’t believe these things are caused by humans. I get annoyed because the real problem is the destruction and abuse of our planet. This is the problem and a lot of it is caused by greed or some misunderstood belief.

    Anyway plant a tree, walk when you can, turn off some lights, use less packaging and ban plastic bags.

    Wilko

  26. Trees are great for whatever reason and I recommend a walk in a forest to relax and unwind to really understand the important things in life.

    I have just come back from a week in Aviemore with plenty of walks through the Cairngorms. Stunning scenery, especially around the lochs such as Loch Morlich and Loch an Eilein.

    The Forestry Commission do a great job here in UK. Sometimes we cant see the word for the trees but if we look inwards we can see for miles.

    Have a good weekend everyone,
    Ian

  27. Sorry to all for the post in the wrong area, but I couldn’t find the right area.

    Hey David,

    What gives? Bought the Gdansk set and the web site on #3 is shut down!

    Jim

    1. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Jim, and please accept an apology for the inconvenience.

      I’ll pass your message on and expect the problem will be fixed soon.

  28. This is an article about tropical deforestation I found on NASA Earth Observatory website.

    An active way to fight deforestation is to avoid buying products made by not certificated woods.

    Here is something more about certifications, if someone is interested.

    Something else to boycott. 😉

  29. Today is the 65th Anniversary of D-Day.

    Let’s never forget all these brave people who anonymously fought (and often lost life) for freedom.

    I’m glad that 45 (British, American, Canadian) veterans have been decorated here yesterday with the highest French military award, The Légion d’Honneur. They were among the first to land on the Normandy beaches.

    Well deserved.

    Michèle

    1. Very well deserved.

      Another example of, following on from Matt’s comment above, real heroes.

  30. My wife and I live on two acres filled with mammoth oaks and pine trees. In the summer they act as air conditioners. In the summer here in Michigan we can reach 90 degree temps with 99 per cent humidity. Can be quite uncomfortable. We have tress all around our house and the temps inside are at least 10 to 15 degrees cooler than outside and without the humidity.

    Great air conditioners, are trees.

    On an off note, on Thursday night my wife and I went to support our local minor league baseball team (which is an affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) and to our surprise it was Pink Floyd night at the ball park. The team wore Dark Side Of The Moon jerseys, Pink Floyd music played between innings and PF trivia and a laser light show after the game.

    Have a great weekend,
    Hoss

    1. My house on three acres is also shaded by trees. It stays cool most days, and occasionally I have to turn on the air conditioner. And when it gets close to 80, I wear shorts and no shirt. When it gets close to 90, I turn the air conditioner on. I put fans in the window in the meantime, blowing out to draw in cooler air.

      Of course, I learned this from my mother in the early 1970s, long before global warming was an issue. We called it staying cool. Back then, the issue was global cooling – the next ice age coming. Can no one see the manipulation that that goes on by politicians and the media? Sad… 🙁

      Think I’ll listen to some more Floyd….

  31. Great topic, FEd!

    For the last 20 years, we’ve been planting/transplanting all kinds of trees and native vegetation on what used to be our 50 acres of hayland.

    During this time we have also built log cabins on this property which were built from sick and/or ‘blow-down’ trees. My husband spends a good deal of time each spring thinning and transplanting vegetation from all over our property. Most trees (aspen and Ponderosa Pine) that have been thinned out in order to create a healthier forest have then been made into log furniture, that being one of the other jobs that keeps us busy here in the Pacific Northwest.

    We have also been stabilizing our easily-eroded riverbank using the root system of large pines. In addition to diverting the force of the river away from the bank, these make fantastic fish habitat in that it creates ‘resting’ areas for the salmon that come up-river to spawn.

    Our next project will be sloping and re-vegetating the riverbank with native grasses, cottonwood, aspen, and pine trees.

    It’s sad to see the harmful effects of climate change on once healthy forests. Trees are weakened and then vulnerable to pests that eventually kill the tree. Literally thousands of spruce trees are now dead and tinder-dry in our National Forest.

    As much as some might say it’s natural to have catastrophic forest fires, the reason for the bad health of the forest is due, at least in part, to climate change caused by man.

    We all have just one Mother – take care of her.

    Peace!

  32. More trees and even if there is not enough space in the garden for at least one, grow something/anything, but please don’t cover soil in shingle/block paving/decking or tarmac.

  33. If you want, FEd, here is a protest e-mail, addressed to the Malaysian Prime Minister.

    Please, stop me when you have enough of my links. 😀

  34. David,

    I would like to show some appreciation towards your efforts to help the environment!

    You music is Legend, and what you’re doing really means a lot.

    Cheers,
    Brandon Broga
    Massachusetts, USA

  35. Fed, I am sorry to throw a spanner in the works. But I am all in favour of Fender Gibson and the many, many more brands of the plank that provide us with the entertainment that they do. My question is: do the producers of the plank, including the copy factories, use sustainable wood?

    Be interesting. The plank kills trees! Ban the plank!!

    Plastic fender is the way forwards… Trees make oil, oil makes plastic… ban the plank.

    I have a three to four year old English Oak waiting to transferred in my garden. I won’t tell to all but my closest Friends, who will tell their children, where it’s going to live for the next few hundred years. I hope to see its youthful glory before I go, but if not, I know someone close to me will.

    Off topic; It was sad to see our Mali Brothers, all be it a tiny minority, take the life of British hostage Edwin Dyer eh?

  36. The documentary ‘Home’ has been watched on French TV ‘France 2’ on Friday 5 June by 8.5 million viewers. It has been followed by a debate with director Yann Arthus Bertrand himself about ‘How to save our planet’.

    I loved:

    – The splendid images and the fact that they all are aerial shots. Impressive and unusual.

    – The diversity of landscapes and life on earth, the harmony between nature and animals before Homo Sapiens appeared. ( Hmm…’Homo Sapiens’ means ‘wise man’ in Latin, no? Silly.)

    – The beautiful music.

    – The fact that it’s not a ‘disaster scenario’ (? I mean ‘un scénario catastrophe’) even if we see ‘harsh’ images in the middle of the movie. The last ten minutes are (IMHO) positive and full of hope, showing many examples of initiatives by individuals or governments to fight global warming and destruction.

    – It’s very informative and instructive (ex: in one hour, the sun provides enough energy to power the entire world for a year. Wow!)

    – I loved the last sentence, the conclusion: ” It’s up to us to write what happens next… TOGETHER.”

    – I appreciate that it’s available (in several languages) for free on YouTube, even if I think it will only be available until 14 June.

    Two little things that I regret, though:

    – There is no mention in the movie of nuclear issues.

    – I will certainly buy the DVD (only 4.99 euros), but it’s not a carbon neutral DVD.

    Anyway, a great documentary that can’t leave anyone indifferent.

    Michèle

  37. Your guitar sound (with Pink Floyd) is easily recognized, even in your new videos and tracks. You cannot escape that. This site is your blog. Granted, all of that. And now you have jumped on board with Al Gore and the global warming (or global warning) sycophants, yet where is the proof of global warming? But, this blog post is not about any of that…

    David, when you find something in life that brings so much attention, so much adoration, and so publicly accomplished, you owe it to those people to continue what you started. I’m not going to tell you how great the past was; that’s already known.

    You owe it to your fans, to music, to history, to continue making the songs that lead you to fame to begin with. To continue the legacy through music.

    Global warming will end, in global ice. The polar bears will be resurgent; the oil fields will become replenished long after Man is dead and gone. Man is a 14,000 year blip on the global radar. It’s not the end of the world; just the world as we, as Man, know it.

    We cannot save ourselves over the long haul. Technology is wonderful, but it will not solve anything. Eventually, we will die off as a species, and something else will emerge. It may take 1 million years, but it will happen. Until then… why embrace despondency?

    You are a fantastic guitarist. You and Roger have issues, especially in Syd’s wake. But there are others that want to rise up, that want to learn.

    Your legacy can be global warming… or the voice of music.

    1. And now you have jumped on board with Al Gore and the global warming (or global warning) sycophants, yet where is the proof of global warming? But, this blog post is not about any of that.

      Shows how much you really listen to Pink Floyd or David Gilmour. PF have been singing about a future environmental disaster in ‘Crumbling Land’.

      David’s solo albums hit on environmental themes. I guess David was right when he sang: ‘over and over we call, NO-ONE HEARS, and further and further we fall’.

      Or there is ‘Take it Back’ and possibly even ‘Sorrow’ (I still haven’t completely analysed the lyrics to that song yet – it could be about ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ – well at least a stanza is borrowed from that great novel).

      the oil fields will become replenished long after Man is dead and gone.

      Will they? It will take millions of years then, doesn’t oil come from fossils?

  38. A monumental film that opens the eyes to the realization that life on earth is quite fragile.

    I will watch it again and allow some friends to watch with me.

  39. You owe it to your fans

    I’m sorry but I think David doesn’t owe anyone anything.

    However, I think that WE owe the earth our profound respect and care. And for the benefit of everyone.

    1. Exactly Michèle.

      David doesn’t owe anyone anything. He has already given us more than we could ever ask for.

      His Music will live on forever, and will keep giving pleasure forever.

      How could we say he owes anything?

  40. Did you hear about the repression of the Amazon natives protests in Peru? Our TV news spent only a few words about it, but it’s shameful what their Government is doing to them.

    Here is another protest e-mail, if you’re interested.

    I think that, if we decided to send an e-mail to anyone who’s responsible of shameful things in our world, we would have to write for the rest of our life. 🙁

    1. I thoroughly agree with you and gladly e-mailed.

      As the Amazon Watch introduction says, indigenous peoples are the guardians of the Amazon rainforest. When anyone defends the Earth from further unnecessary abuse and irreversible damage, be they local communities fighting to uphold their traditional way of life or activists climbing up chimney’s to bring industry to a halt, as in today’s post, they should be thanked, not attacked.

    2. I found this video right now.

      It seems 16 activists protesting against deforestation were shot in Iquitos, Peru.

      That video is the only document I could find in the web.

  41. Great Blog Topic!

    I’ve planted four trees in the last month and plan on planting another four to six next month.

    What drives me nuts about what is happening to the planet is that the root causes are overpopulation and the current global financial system. And you won’t see a serious discussion of either in the mainstream press. The financial/banking/investment system as it stands only exists for the extreme profit of (statistically few) individuals, not for the good of the planet or even the day to day good of the average Joe. We’re killing ourselves. There are some really scary scenarios of what could happen if we continue on our current path… Really scary.

    The Titanic’s hull has a hole in it, and is sinking while “the band plays on” and people are still crying out, “Our boat can’t sink! No worries!”

    Have a nice day!

  42. 1.) Join Negative Christmas movement, on the outside it’s silly but ultimate aim is to replace trees that have been cut down.

    2.) In Dallas, Texas, builders are so eager to cut down useful, pleasant trees to build huge, energy wasteful trash mansions – the trees help prevent soil erosion from rain runoff during spring and help clean the air. If ever win a huge Powerball lottery, rest assured, I buy land in residential areas for more trees and parks than faux millionaires’ trash mansions.

  43. Alessandra.

    I have sent in a response to both of your protest mails so keep them coming in!

    David does not OWE anybody anything. We are all lucky he even shares this site with us.

    I am particularly enjoying the new videos in the Live in Gdansk part of the site.

    Thank you, David, for all you do for everyone. Your music is a treasure and will continue to grow each year.

    Patricia

    1. I have sent in a response to both of your protest mails so keep them coming in!

      I’m happy to hear it. 🙂

      Maybe our e-mails won’t change the world, but I hope they could be a way to tell the people who have the power that the world is not their property, because we are here and we have opinions.

  44. Dave owes nobody anything!

    Thanks Patricia… and Paul.

    DG really leans on that tremola a lot though and Phil has to be doing something. I’m not sure that I want to invest in ‘Nut Grease’ on the advice of a fellow ‘Wanker’. Thanks though, and that may actually be the secret. I use the lead from my pencil in the nut of my geetar.

    This post is actually starting to sound a lot perverted and I think Ill just continue struggling with this issue so that you all don’t have to suffer any further.

    Have a great day.

    Blake in Nashville

  45. Hope some people will still read:

    Does anyone want to sign the French Greenpeace petition to stop the destruction of forests? It’s entitled “zero net deforestation by 2020”.

    Please, put your e-mail at the bottom of this page and click “Je valide”.

    1. Yeah!

      And thanks for your confidence in me, Alessandra. The petition you signed was written in French, after all… 😛

  46. During my senior year in high school I took Environmental Science and I know for a fact that deforestation will destroy this beautiful planet.

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