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Tinkerbell Legacy - Living with a flying parrot

The ticking time bomb - The melting tundra
My wife just send me an interesting article this morning.

It was on 2006 Nov 16, in this blog "Tinkerbell Interlude photoset and videos, and start of next chapter of life" http://shanlung.livejournal.com/65169.html
that I wrote about it.

I extract from that entry below


Why I went to Taiwan for this short holiday can be told now.
When I left Saudi Arabia, I went to Brisbane Australia and accepted a 4 year contract
to work and live there. I came back to Singapore to do the paper work to get that work
visa for Australia. I knew my time frame will be short. So I had to see Tinkerbell
when I could.

It was lucky that I did so. Yesterday, I received news that the visas for me and my wife Joy
were granted. I hoped to start there early next year. That company then wanted me over asap.
We compromised in that I fly over to Brisbane on 26th November starting 27th November 2006.

My wife will remain in Singapore for a few months until the work and company find us mutually agreeable
for that long term. Then she will fly over and live with me in Australia.

This started when I was working and living in Riyadh , Saudi Arabia. Then I read this BBC article
in June about the Russian tundra melting. We knew that would happen. But I thought that to be a consequence
of global warming. That article then described the CO2 and methane trapped in the past to be coming
out now. So instead of the permafrost melting as a consequence, that might well be a timebomb giving
us even less time in a world and society that we know.

I rather enjoy life with my wife NOW, than to make lots of money in Riyadh for a future rather uncertain.
There were other reasons, but my preference is to enjoy the time that is left to me and my wife. Working and living
in Brisbane Australia will be much better than in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia even if the pay is less.

Perhaps, what I wrote ten years back might make interesting reading for you.

I will not argue if you think differently. In fact, I hoped you are right, for the sake of my son
and your children, that we will have a lot more time in the future. If true leaders are found and all
of us ready and able to accept the drastic changes in our current lifestyles. Rather difficult isnt it?

Given what we have seen with the melting of Artic icecap that led countries in a mad scramble to claim rights on shipping lanes, on the buried oil, and on the minerals that are now accessible, do we really have that much hope?

I liken that to miners in a mine fighting and arguing who will keep the dead body of the canary for the money they think they can get from that dead body instead of finding out what killed the canary and will it kill them soon.

Dictators are still dictating and amassing incredible wealth for themselves and themselves alone as if there is no tomorrow.

Politicians go on politicking justifying themselves with money they claimed they are making for us all like above claiming shipping lanes and mineral wealth under the melting Artic ice as if there is no tomorrow.

But how long will the tomorrow last?

Have a good read of what my wife send me from Scientific American June 2009.

"The Arctic Thaw Could Make Global Warming Worse"

Then go on and live as if today and every day after that is your last day.
Go maximise your happiness and minimise the aggro to yourself and others.

When you drop off a 101 floor building, you are ok until you reach the ground.
In the meantime, we all might as well enjoy the view as best as we can and as long as we had not reached the ground.

We all got what we deserved, for doing too little , and too late and we have only ourselves to be blamed.


If what I wrote help you and you like to help, give a thought
for the wildlife sharing our planet.
Do write that cheque to Gerald Durrell wildlife trust

or to any wildlife conservation body of your choice

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