You name it, humanity is driving a steamroller through it: rainforests, topsoil, fisheries, availability of fresh water, variety of species, the integrity of natural DNA after Genetic Modification, the depletion of resources...
While we rage, rightly, against the vicious cuts of the Con-Dem government, hitting the poorest and the most vulnerable, it can be so all-consuming that we might forget the bigger picture... (please see Hull Greens for latest news and In His Own Write for comment)
Films like End of Suburbia really outline what we're up against: the decline of oil rarely gets seriously talked about. The reason? As well as rattling the coffers of the oil industry it's also just too scary.
The days of oil are numbered. Fracking and the attempted replacement of oil by shale gas will only be short-lived. It's hard to appreciate this when we've never had as much oil as we do now - and that's why it's called 'Peak Oil'. But Peak Oil Discovery was in 1964! The Peak of Oil is happening right now and has been since 2005. But it costs enormous effort: deep sea drilling is becoming more prevalent - despite the BP Gulf disaster. Fracking we'd never heard of a few years ago, now they're trying to get oil even from under Yorkshire. And Yorkshire, frankly, isn't Texas!
Even 'big' finds today will typically only keep us going a few days. You don't hear much about this from oil companies or media - nothing must rattle the industry or the all-sacred share prices - while they inexorably increase prices at the pumps. As for the alternatives: coal, uranium - their days are numbered too!
We must wake up to these issues and we need leaders who will face the ultimatums of resource decline and the effects of degradation; people who will take on Parliament and banks and giant corporations.
That's why we really do need serious investment in a greener and more sustainable future. For all our futures.
And that's why you need a Green Party. And people to vote for it, stand for it and join it!
Martin Deane has stood regularly for Avenue Ward in Hull and has gained 17% of the vote. Martin joined the Gren Party after years of campaigning against the war on Iraq. He stood in both the 2005 and 2010 General Elections for Hull North. He was Chair of Hull and East Riding Green Party until recently and is also Chair of CHEF, the City of Hull and Humber Environment Forum.
Martin Deane first came to Hull to complete a degree in 1988. He has taught in Hull since 1990 and regularly works in many schools across the city. In 2005 he joined the Green Party, stood for Parliament and completed a MSc at Hull University.
Over many years, Martin Deane has been active in the Hull Stop the War coalition and the Hull Palestine Solidarity Campaign and in Hull Against the Cuts. Martin plays bass andhas walked some 70 miles of the Great Wall of China.