Story of an apple tree

February 6, 2018

Monday, 6th February, 2018

Alfred E. Baldacchino

Ancient documents describing creation of Planet Earth and man’s responsibility.

It all started in a garden, designed on a dynamic ecological balance between living species and their physical environment. Ancient documents call it the Garden of Eden. We know it as Planet Earth.

Following million upon million of years, an intelligent species evolved, so intelligent that its Creator felt the need to advice it.  Ancient biblical documents explain such advice limiting the use of the garden, and not to touch the apple tree. The intelligence was warned that it would be expelled from the garden if it went over this limit.

The everlasting message to the ‘most’ intelligent species on the planet.

The greed of this intelligence, increased beyond any control, greedy for more and more power and materialism. Egoism led the species not only to exceed the limit, but to mutilate, decimate and even uproot and destroy the apple tree – the safeguarding of life in the garden.

Basic principles which bound such intelligence – referred to in ancient documents as the Ten Commandments – were not only ignored and ridiculed, but what these forbade became the rule of law: deceit, murder, robbery, rape, hate; some even regarded as qualifications for success, and even a place in governments.

The natural products of the planet are not good enough for the greed of power and materialism.

The foundations of life on the Planet became victims of such intelligence: exploited, polluted, and raped, without any reasonable justification, except to satisfy greed. The ecosystem was not found good enough for the use of such intelligence.

Organisms were genetically modified for more profit motives. Toxic chemicals were sprayed haphazardly to kill what was not needed, or which competed with commercial interests. Commercial ventures played with toxic chemical concoctions, justified by some PhDs as producing more inexpensive food for the people – a Hobson choice for the guinea pigs of commercial greed.

Toxic waste filled the oceans, dispersed in the air and covered the land, all in the name of progress and the benefit of the people.

The spraying of pesticides, the emission of toxic gases, the dumping of toxic liquid and solid waste, the toxic waste covering ecological habitat, the ever increasing expansion of plastics waste, are the results of man’s blindfolded march for greed of power and materialism.

Now oceans belch toxic and plastic waste. Land and fresh water succumb to toxicity, while the atmosphere, also considered as a dumping place for toxic waste, reacts with the physical environment of this ecosystem, disrupting the dynamic ecological balance. Everything is given a monetary price tag, except the ecosystem.

One influential political leader with such intelligence trumpets that all this is fake news aimed at destabilising the world’s economy. Other politicians follow in his footsteps proclaiming that as long as the economy is doing fine, there is nothing to worry about.

Pygmy politicians finding a back seat on the political bandwagon, accuse those genuinely concerned with the social and ecological degradation, as fundamentalists and Jacobins.

The ever increasing signs from Planet Earth flashing out their warning, strengthened by man’s greed and egoism.

And the people bowed and prayed, to this mammon god they made. And though the signs flash out their warnings, with disasters that are forming, the words of scientists are met with scorn, as fiction porn, while the sound of silence, which like cancer grows, shatters Planet Earth, with the applause of a square-circled mentality hailing their leaders as saviours of humanity.

Mother earth sighed, mother earth tried, and mother earth cried. But the intelligence is convinced that it needs no Creator to direct it, no ecosystem to sustain it, and no other intelligence to advice it. It is supreme and rules, decides and programmes life on planet Earth in the name of greed for power, consumerism and materialism.

Planet Earth has never faced such an intelligence which revolts and questions its Creator, and which has the power to destroy itself. This does not worry Planet Earth at all. It needs nobody from its creation to save it. It can take care of itself without any problems.

Who would have thought that dinosaurs would disappear in a bat of the eye.

During the Jurassic period that spanned 56 million years, ending 145 million years ago, Dinosaurs, the strongest gigantic species, dominated the Planet. Evolution of smaller modern feathered dinosaurs, birds, saw the extinction of dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Who would have thought that such creatures would go extinct? In the ongoing evolution on Planet Earth, this was just a bat of the eye.

No species can survive if it does not respect this dynamic balance which supports it. There is a limit which no species can ignore or abuse of.

The first fossils of today’s intelligence appeared around 55 million years ago: a relatively young species. Today this intelligence is on the warpath with the ecosystem which sustains it, blinded by egoism, greed and arrogance. A more evolved future intelligence will have ample archaeological material to evaluate and study.

Terrestrial, marine or atmospheric waste dumps, including fossilised bones riddled with holes adjacent to monstrous mass-killing machines, without doubt will offer more than enough evidence leading to the extinction of a species which dominated the Anthropocene – the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.

Some intelligent affluent rats, head buried in the sand, where they only see their accumulated riches and account balances, may no doubt loudly blare that this is a vision of doom and gloom, fake news, which can only destabilise the world’s economy. Another arrogant characteristic contributing to the demise of such intelligence.

Those who are concerned with life on this planet and can relate the scientific, social, and spiritual attributes of the ecosystem, consider this as a part of evolution in this ‘Garden’.

Political blocks, displaying golden or silver stars on blue backgrounds, owe their existence to parochialism ingrained on power and materialism. In no way will any star help the delicate dynamic ecological balance. Planet Earth does not have or need any such intelligent parochial acumen.

Fossil from the distant past and from the near future.


The dinosaurs have come and gone, remembered for their gigantic size and strength. This intelligence has come and will go, remembered for inventing and perfecting the wheel, but not intelligent enough to avoid being the victim of its own intelligence.

It has been said that insects have seen man come and they will see man go, Monsanto or not. Evolution will take care and put in place this egoistic intelligence convinced that it is not anymore part of the ecosystem: it is superior and more intelligent than the ecosystem itself.

The message from the ecosystem will still live on and on and on.

The story of the apple tree will still remain the concept of all life in this garden. No species can survive if it does not respect this dynamic balance which supports it. There is a limit which no species can ignore or abuse of.


A way paved with good intentions

January 4, 2010

Monday, 16th November 2009

A way paved with good intentions

Alfred E. Baldacchino

Early next month (December 7-18), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meets in Copenhagen.

Climate change was mainly brought about by man’s way of living, where economic importance by far superseded social and environmental considerations. The prevailing global mentality is that there cannot be prosperity without growth, ignoring the relationship between growth and the growing environmental crisis and social poverty.

While global economy doubled during the last 25 years, 60 per cent of the world’s ecosystems have been degraded because of increased resource consumption. The uneven distribution of the benefits of such growth shows that a fifth of the world’s population shares just two per cent of global income.

Sustainable economy can lead to prosperity without growth, if one redefines prosperity and what this contributes to people’s well being. The root of all evil, the denominator to modern life, is money, which has replaced all other principles and concepts for the responsible sharing of the planet that sustains life. The concept of modern economics is the highest financial return in the shortest possible time, a question of numbers and metrics.

Man has now, rather belatedly, realised that he has come to the crossroads of his existence on this planet. The mishandling and depletion of resources and the subsequent natural phenomena will sooner rather than later lead to scarcity of free commodities, which man has always taken for granted, such as air and water. A very high price will have to be paid for their availability. But what about other living species (in the ecosystem) that are dependent on such resources? How will these and the poorest of societies pay?

The Copenhagen meeting is being seen either as an extension to the Kyoto Protocol, which the US and Australia initially refused to ratify, or as a new protocol calling for deep cuts of emissions. The US is still unwilling to stake out a position, while developing nations maintain that talks are pointless. India and China are major developing nations whose national emissions are skyrocketing.

The 192 countries expected to be present for this meeting will all speak from platforms that most suit their agenda. Already, about 50 African countries have boycotted a preparatory meeting in Barcelona in November, claiming that the industrialised countries had set carbon cutting targets too low for reducing global green house gas emission. Africa is already the worst sufferer from drought, agricultural damage, rising sea level threatening coastal areas and the spread of tropical pests and diseases. The increase in extreme weather conditions, the number of epidemic diseases and humanitarian disasters are inevitable. The scarcity of resources will fuel more conflicts. It is becoming obvious that the world’s poorest nations are faced with a Hobson’s choice: No climate deal or a bad climate deal.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that by 2080 up to 3.2 billion people – one third of the planet’s population – will be short of water, up to 600 million will be short of food and up to seven million will face coastal flooding.

The UN Secretary General admitted that the Copenhagen pact could more likely be an agreement on principles rather than specific targets agreement for cuts. This is mainly due to a lack of political will. Some environment ministers are pessimistic because each country will remain stubborn and various parties will not compromise. Those in advanced countries are not willing to accept the necessary rethinking, restructuring, and changes in lifestyle.

One reason being projected at such international meetings is that measures needed are necessary to save the planet. But since when planet earth depended on one of the species in its ecosystem to save it? Planet earth has seen similar and worse scenarios. The present natural phenomena, which we are being subjected to, are just hiccups for planet earth till it adjusts the ecological web, which man has torn apart through greed and egotism. These are just eye-openers for the selfdeclared most intelligent species, who generally is still very sceptical of the fact that homo sapiens is part of such an ecosystem. The main aim of such international meetings should be to save homo sapiens and not to harness or save planet earth, which without fear or favour will take the necessary corrective measures.

Even the world’s main faith representatives (including Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism) met in Windsor Castle, England, to give their religious input in the fight against climate change. Under the banner of Faith Commitment For A Living Planet, this Alliance of Religions and Conservation aims at unveiling programmes that could motivate the largest civil society movement the world has ever seen. “It’s much more about the moral idea of ‘Nature is God’s Nature, so we have to be kind to it’.” That is, if today’s monetary culture leaves any room for morality.

In Copenhagen, there will be three platforms to choose from: Economical, social and ecological and it is expected that the economical one will be quite overcrowded. Such meeting must focus on opening the door to common good and closing the door to common disaster for man. Indeed, the path to Copenhagen is paved with good intentions. But, as I write, my subconscious keeps reminding me that so is the way to hell.

Article © Allied Newspapers Ltd., printed on Monday, November 16, 2009.