Friday, 1 December 2017

'Zero tolerance' plan for plastic pollution



A plan for zero tolerance of plastic pollution of the oceans may be agreed by nations at a UN environment summit. Governments are being asked to move towards a legal treaty banning plastic waste from entering the sea. At the moment ships are prohibited from dumping plastic overboard but there's no international law against plastics flooding into the sea from the land. Experts say ocean plastics are an obvious subject for a global treaty: plastics present a large-scale threat. Dec.1 http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42190678






The UN Environment Assembly will gather in Nairobi, Kenya from 4 - 6 December 2017 under the overarching theme of pollution. The upcoming Full Moon (also a SuperMoon) of December 3 at Nairobi has Neptune in Pisces prominently placed on the MC square the luminaries on the horizon axis.

In his essay Neptune in Pisces (2011–26): Beyond Thought, Beyond Beliefs, Maurice Fernandez
wrote:

As Neptune moves into Pisces, humanity is possibly confronted with one of its most serious existential crises ever. Pisces represents everything in life that is beyond egocentric control — that which is not yet known. Through Pisces, what we discover is that we don’t know very much. Such an acknowledgmentis significant progress, evolutionarily speaking, because most of us possess little knowledge but think of it as complete. Accepting our limitations renders us humble and receptive. The passage of Neptune into Pisces will naturally affect our existential experience on our home planet; facing the unknown means that we will confront the limits of our science. Established notions will lose their credibility when completely unexpected occurrences and consequences mystify our mind. with Neptune, the unexpected means that life confronts us with new paradigms just when we thought we had it all figured out. The imbalance in Nature and our lifestyle is clearly a weakening factor, so restoring our immunity requires that we realign ourselves with a healthier lifestyle and environment.

The proliferation of plastic products in the last 70 years or so has been extraordinary; quite simply we cannot now live without them. We are now producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year.

Plastic is cheap and incredibly versatile with properties that make it ideal for many applications. However, these qualities have also resulted in it becoming an environmental issue. We have developed a “disposable” lifestyle and estimates are that around 50% of plastic is used just once and thrown away.

Plastics are among  several  examples of apparently stunning technological success leading to potentially catastrophic failure. Our recent ascendancy as a prolific and dominant species has provoked numerous very serious unintended consequences, including toxic pollution of the ground, atmosphere, and oceans, and losses of huge amounts of viable habitat for other earthly plant and animal life forms.


With Uranus-Neptune beginning their first semi-square aspect after their conjunction in 1993 a disillusionment (Neptune) with technology (Uranus) is setting in. What seemed to be  good and useful technology at one time has turned out later to produce unintended consequences and negative repercussions. The apparent solution to one problem has ended up creating other, much worse problems.

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