Climate Catastrophe Animal Vid of the Week: Rescuing Horses in Houston

September 20, 2019

Storm Imelda.

People willing to risk their lives and health to save animals. Wonder if they’d be willing to vote for the same?

As I watched I’m thinking, ‘..this is a city in America.”

13 Responses to “Climate Catastrophe Animal Vid of the Week: Rescuing Horses in Houston”

  1. redskylite Says:

    While a certain (small) segment of people, still can’t get that we are changing the Earth’s climate system at an alarming speed, and think it’s all a strange conspiracy created among the science institutions of the world, – yes! Texas has had a history flash floods in the past, but because of the physics of warmer air, the floods are getting more and more frequent. Rest assured it’s measurable and has been noticed.

    “Recent studies show that slow-moving tropical cyclones in the United States are becoming more frequent, and increased ocean heat content is supercharging the rainfall potential of such storms, making them more formidable rain producers than they otherwise would be.”

  2. redskylite Says:

    And this young man lost his life trying to move his horse to safe ground. A reminder we share this planet and care for other species.

    And which political party he supported and voted for matters not, not at all.

    The artificial and political divide of pro and anti climate change action must be broken down. And the latest generation can and will do it.

  3. dumboldguy Says:

    One must wonder if the same concern was shown by the “rich folk who live in the big houses on the hill” for the poor people of color who have been relegated to the low-lying areas that are more prone to flooding.

    For those who are not “rich” enough to own a horse and board it at Cypress Trails, they offer rides on their horses starting at $50 an hour.

  4. dumboldguy Says:

    May I offer up my own “animal catastrophe” here? Drove 115 miles round trip yesterday from Manassas to Winchester to support the student climate strike at John Handley HS.

    Perhaps the biggest animal catastrophe we face is the loss of insects, particularly pollinators. Got only one fairly large and one small “bug splat” on my windshield in all that distance, most of which was through wooded country and farms. I can remember the days 50 years ago when one had to carry a bottle of Windex and a roll of paper towels on a trip like that and clean the windshield at least once. My wildflower garden is almost finished for the year, but some butterflies are still visiting—-haven’t seen a bee in weeks.

    • Lionel Smith Says:

      “Perhaps the biggest animal catastrophe we face is the loss of insects, particularly pollinators. ”

      I started photographing bees, macro work, over two decades ago and have noted a steady decline, I once had so many targets to film it was tough keeping up, not anymore.

      This spring I recall following a single bumble bee as it went around the large arc of daffodils in the garden. Noticeably fewer other insect species too. Birds that rely upon these for food are in steep decline also.

      Can we pull back from the brink, I hope so but am not sanguine. The agrochemical companies are way too powerful and golf courses are natures deserts.

      • jimbills Says:

        “The agrochemical companies are way too powerful”

        They are not more powerful than the people. Here’s the thing: as a sum total (although some parts of that sum are different, and I do applaud those that took place in the recent protest), humans care more for their material and present comfort than maintaining the well-being of the environment into the future.

        If this were not so, we’d see major protests, daily, that weren’t just handwritten signs that get tossed into the trash the next day. We’d see constant pressure on our politicians. We’d see distinct election results to enforce that pressure. We’d see full and effective boycotts of companies that don’t adapt to the problem.

        Instead, we have one day protests, then everyone goes back to staring like zombies at their phones. The student protest is major news for us. A big deal. And it is in its way – it’s just that we need far more than that for real change.

        So, as it is, the corporations have no real pressure to change. They have just enough to do some greenwashing here and there. And they’ll use their money to tamp down that pressure where they can, a la ‘Merchants of Doubt’. But, the thing that makes them the strongest, money, is also the thing that makes them the weakest. Seriously threaten that money, and they would change.

        It hasn’t been threatened. We’re all too worried about our jobs, and maintaining growth in the economy, and we’re safer in our delusions than our reality.

        “Things will be fine, if we just….” And on and on. No, they won’t be, not unless there is a real sea change in priorities PDQ.

        • dumboldguy Says:

          Time to trot out an old dead horse and beat it again. There will be no PDQ change in priorities” until a tipping point of recurring disasters is reached, particularly ones that threaten the bottom lines of corporations and the bank accounts of the rich. Then and only then will momentum build.

          ONION NEWS IN BRIEF (from July and still to the point)

          Average American Must Have Life Ruined By Natural Disaster Every 6 Minutes To Fear Climate Change

          EUGENE, OR—Outlining what a shift in public consciousness regarding global ecocatastrophe might require, a study published by researchers at the University of Oregon Monday found the average American must have their life destroyed by a natural disaster every six minutes in order to finally fear climate change. “According to our data, American citizens must lose their home to a flash flood, almost immediately watch a tornado ravage their hometown, and then succumb to heatstroke in 110 degree temperatures before recognizing climate change as a viable threat,” said head researcher and professor Vanessa Verrier, citing the tendency of U.S. citizens to forget about global warming roughly 10 minutes after their homes were devastated by wildfires. “Roughly seven minutes following a climate disaster, ambivalence sets in and Americans forget why these natural disasters have increased so dramatically in recent years. The good news, however, is that in the five minutes directly after losing a loved one in a hurricane, participants were much more likely to consider reducing their carbon footprint by taking public transit rather than driving.” The report estimated that the nation would have to suffer 34,000 consecutive natural disasters this month in order to garner significant support for climate change legislation.

    • Lionel Smith Says:

      “…and farms.”

      There is one of the problems.

      • dumboldguy Says:

        Yes, the industrial farms in many areas of the country are definitely a cause of insect extinction because of their reliance on indiscriminate use of chemicals, but the “farms” of the Blue Ridge foothills are mainly horse farms of the rich or cattle operations, and have a lot of woods on them and between them—-very pretty country.

        In my local area around Manassas, now heavily suburbanized and industialized (with “clean” industries like data centers and warehouses rather than “factories”), the effects are obvious.

        The 100 foot long, 10 foot high Autumn Olive hedge across my backyard now attracts only a handful of bumblebees at a time and an occasional honeybee when it’s in bloom. 45 years ago, it would be swarming with many hundreds if not thousands of honeybees all day long when in bloom.

    • jimbills Says:

      We care about individual animals. We care about ‘charismatic’ species like horses. Animals in general? Not so much.

      And the Fox voidheads are worried about the kids missing one day of school instead. What the kids should really do is an actual strike, not a symbolic one. Just en masse, stop going to school until the ‘adults’ do something – anything. We’re not giving them much of a future as it is.

      Here’s an article from Miami:

      Miami, of all places.

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