I do not mention your name, for you can be anyone on the whole Earth. You could have any color of skin, and belong to any tribe and clan. You could give offerings to any Gods and believe in any myths. In modern impersonal terms, you could be of any race, nationality, religion and political creed, and be of any sex whatsoever. It took us a million years to develop that big, complex brain of ours. Some 100,000 years ago, in the harsh, frigid climate of Europe and Asia, there were perhaps a few hundred of us left on the brink of extinction. But we did not go extinct then and here we are, my friend and brother, all 7.8 billion of us.
|Gregory, John Walter 1896 - 1968, The Great Rift Valley. London: Frank Cass & Co. Ltd. This Sketch by Gregory from his expedition to East Africa in 1892-3. shows "Mount Kenya from the Kapte Plains west of Machakos".|
|It turns out that Grimur knows a famous Icelandic story teller and writer, Andri Snaer Magnason, and thought that Andri's book, On Time and Water, would be good for me to read.|
|Can you picture this elderly person walking down a street with a cane?|
|AR6 is the latest IPCC Report on climate change. The owl, chicken, turkeys and other birds are the scientists, journalists and other media people who rightly fear climate change. Source: "Climate Change Brings a Flood of Hyperbole - Despite constant warnings of catastrophe, things aren’t anywhere near as dire as the media say." By Steven E. Koonin, WSJ Editorial, 8/10/21 6:33 pm ET.|
This brings me back to Andri's magnificent book. You see, on page 79, after he made me shed tears about five times, Andri starts talking about the Himalayan glaciers as a way of connecting with the Dalai Lama he is about to interview. I am sorry, but you, my Chinese brothers, will be now blocked from reading this text across China, because your hypersensitive government thinks that this gentle, old person with no army presents a mortal threat to their brand of controlling everything but the climate change and environmental collapse. Too bad, because many tens of millions of you will be impacted directly by what I am about to say.
|At the foot of he sacred Mount Kailash (the white peak in the background) is Manasarovar Lake, the highest elevation lake in the world.|
- Indus River is 3200 km long flowing from Tibet through Western India and into Pakistan
- Sutlej runs about 1500 km from Tibet through India and Pakistan
- Brahmaputra travels 3000 km through India and Bangladesh, before joining the Ganges River
- Karnali flows through Napal, and forms a large tributary of the Ganges
|The minerals-laden, milky water of the Karnali River in Napal. If you want to live 100 years you must drink this water. Soon this river will be no more.|
|Landslides from heavy reinfall hit the central Japanese city of Atami on July 3, leaving at least 20 people missing. (The Washington Post)|
|A gift from my British friend, Mike Haywood.|