As noted in my previous post, today is Earth Day. Today we cherish the mother who bore us, and make plans to keep her alive and healthy.

More than a decade ago, I first saw the pictures of the disappearing glacier on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Humanity shrugged. Eight-two percent of the cap has vanished since 1912, accelerating rapidly as we speak.


Kilimanjaro is predicted to be ice-free by 2020.

I’m trying to avoid spewing vitriol here, but I get told by religious evangelists that I just need to open my eyes to see God all around me. My eyes are open. What I see is a species that is destroying their Garden.

I think that it’s depressingly probable that, as a species with too much power and too little care, we’re too stupid and selfish to survive.

I don’t know an answer. I wish I had more to offer than another Jeremiad. I’d rather be proposing something positive and clever and upbeat in this post.

But all I have tonight is this:

It’s coming at us fast, people. We need to change ourselves and the way we do our business, and we need to find some most excellent technical fixes before the mass extinctions kick in.


Science fiction has a rich tradition of telling stories with the theme ‘If This Goes On….’

I wrote and recorded ‘Kilimanjaro’ this weekend. It’s not final draft, but I learned more about how to use my tools. I’m rather pleased in that the whole thing is handmade. Not a loop or any automation in it anywhere.

There has been some vocal tuning, of course, and will be much more when I get back to editing some more. You have no idea how yowling-awful it sounded originally.

It kills me that I can’t sing the song that is in my heart.

Fortunately, I have some friends who sing — you know who you are — and I’ll eventually bully them all into singing what I cannot.

2 thoughts on “Kilimanjaro

  1. Rory, that’s heartbreaking.

    I haven’t been able to bring myself to post about Earth Day. Or the second section of the latest IPCC report, which — even after being watered down under pressure from Saudi and Chinese diplomats — is still very grim news.

    And then I read this NY Times article yesterday about New York socialites going “green,” and, I mean, jeez. It’s hard to be optimistic when we are up against the lifestyles and attitudes those people’s lives signify. (Can you say rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic?)

    Not that changing to a friendlier household cleaning solution is a bad thing, mind you. But um.

    Anyhow, it’s a great song. thanks for expressing what I couldn’t bring myself to.

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