Monday, 27 February 2017

On Mass Immigration and Environmentalism

I would consider myself to be an environmentalist. I know the term has become highly tainted as of late, and I would be lying if I said I didn't have deep criticisms towards many elements of the modern environmentalist movement, but I use the term to describe myself none the less as few satisfying alternative terms exist. I certainly believe in the preservation and indeed expansion of wilderness and natural environments as far as is practical. Whilst I have my doubts about the theory of anthropocentric climate change, I do still think it is entirely sensible we keep air, water and land pollution to a bare minimum and we should always be looking for cleaner, more efficient and sustainable energy sources. I think modern agricultural practices are highly destructive and should be completely overhauled in favour of a more permacultural system. But fundamentally I believe mankind should once again view himself as an integral part of nature, always striving work with her, not against her, a view strongly inspired by the works of Henry David Thoreau, John Muir and Edward Abbey. A view that I find is increasingly at odds with the modern, 'UN approved' environmentalist model, which would seemingly prefer to herd humans into cities and fence off the natural world entirely, but that's another criticism for another day.

The subject I wish to talk about here is a common cognitive dissonance I see with many self proclaimed environmentalists today. It has surely not escaped the attention of most that a significant majority of modern environmentalists are dyed in the wool left wingers. Although environmentalism in and of itself should be considered politically neutral, in recent decades it has been almost entirely co-opted by the left and invariably goes hand in hand with other common leftist talking points, anti-capitalism, social justice, social welfare, anti-racism, feminism, gay rights, multiculturalism and pro-immigration. And it is that last point where I see the glaring contradiction. I happened to be reading through the 2015 manifesto of the Green Party the other day out of curiosity, their immigration policy in particular caught my attention. Effectively they are in favour of lifting most of the current restrictions on immigration into the United Kingdom, a policy that would no doubt attract vastly greater numbers of migrants to our shores (and the numbers are high as they stand already). Now I find it utterly baffling how anybody purporting to care about the environment could ever advocate for such a policy. Folks, mass immigration is terrible for the environment of the host nation.

It's very simple really, more immigration means more people, and more people means we have to destroy green spaces to build more homes and amenities. It means we have to generate more energy, extract and import more resources. It means more vehicles on the road, and in small, already highly populated European countries such as Britain, it means denser traffic patterns, more gridlock, further exacerbating the air pollution problem. It means we have to intensify agriculture to keep up with food demands, which harms local insect ecology and further degrades the soil, or it means we have rely ever more on food imports from abroad. It means more waste in the landfills, more litter on the streets, in our countryside, coastlines and waterways. And what I find particularly galling about this, is that these same environmentalists are well aware of the highly destructive effects overpopulation has upon the environment, and yet here they are, advocating for policies that will directly cause overpopulation. In the case of my own nation, Britain, we are already one the most densely populated countries in Europe. We have a housing shortage and will need to build somewhere in the region of 250,000 new homes every year to accommodate the rising population, a population rise almost entirely attributed to immigration. We have already long surpassed our ability to be self sufficient in food production and now have to import over a quarter of our food, a figure that will only rise as the population increases and more of our arable land must be given over for housing. Mass immigration will in the long run turn much our once green and pleasant land into a miserable, overpopulated and polluted, concrete jungle. But still, the liberal environmentalist balks at the very suggestion we should ever close the doors on immigration.

Edward Abbey expressed similar sentiments in his later works, including an excellent short excellent essay, "Immigration and Liberal Taboos". He was viciously castigated for it by the leftist elements of the environmentalist movement during his time, some even calling him a "racist". So where does this cognitive dissonance come from? I suspect many of the liberal environmentalists are little more than virtue signallers, naively adopting all the popular leftist viewpoints, going along to get along but never actually sitting down and thinking about what they truly believe in. I'd like to think some of the more thoughtful and intelligent ones who do truly care about the environment, would eventually see when presented with the facts how undesirable mass immigration is for their cause, but rarely are they ever presented with the full facts from authority. So what of these so called 'environmentalists' in positions of power and authority, the leaders of the various 'green' parties, and other left leaning environmental organisations? What is their excuse for advocating a policy as environmentally destructive as mass migration? My argument would be that they do not care about the environment. They are wolves in sheep's clothing, using environmentalism as a front to garner popular support, but ultimately they are pursuing their own broader agendas that have little to do with saving the natural environment and everything to do with controlling people. They are not be trusted and I call upon all true environmentalists to reject them entirely, particularly any environmental organisations seeking political power. If you really want to help the environment, then do so on an individual and local community basis. Volunteer with a local wildlife reserve, plant trees, restore habitats. Reduce your reliance on big government, the energy industry and big agribusiness by learning about agrarianism, permaculture, homesteading and survivalism. If you have the facilities and capability, grow, forage and hunt your own food, generate your own energy using solar or wind power. Encourage your local community to do the same, create community gardens, start seed circles, farmers markets and share surplus food with your friends and family. And just to round of this post nicely, don't be afraid to demand stronger immigration controls.


Thursday, 9 February 2017

Megaliths in North Wales.

I have always had a fascination with prehistoric peoples and civilisations of Northern and Western Europe, but especially the megalithic structures they built. My late father was a native of Orkney, an archipelago just off the north coast of Scotland, a place with a deep and rich history stretching back thousands of years. I have very fond memories of the first time I visited Orkney, I must have been around 8 years old at the time and I loved the place the second I set foot off the ferry. It's rugged landscapes and wild coastline dotted with countless hidden coves, caves, rock pools and jagged cliffs perfect for climbing, a true paradise for an adventurous and imaginative young boy. It was during this trip that I also encountered for the first time, an ancient stone circle called the Ring of Brodgar. This was the first megalithic site I had ever visited and I have been captivated by the subject ever since. I now always make an effort on my trips and holidays, to seek out and visit at least a few local ancient and megalithic sites.

Last summer I visited Snowdonia national park in North Wales. It is a truly stunning corner of the British Isles and well worth a visit. And yes, you guessed it, I had the Ordinance Survey maps out in search of ancient sites. And there are a lot of them in North Wales, many don't even have names, are in remote locations far from any roads and difficult to find without good navigational skills. Thus, I was only able to visit and photograph handful of sites during my short stay.

Bedd Gorfal ring cairn

You'll need a map and compass to find this one. A bronze age ring cairn, most likely marking a burial. It's small, only a few metres in diameter and the standing stones are no taller than a meter. There is an indent in the ground at the centre of the circle which is possibly an indication that somebody has attempted to dig the site at some point.

Unnamed ring cairn

One of a pair of ring cairns, high in the hills above Harlech, with stunning views off the Cardigan Bay. Less than a mile north from Bedd Gorfal and very similar in size and characteristics, probably of the same era. A short walk to the east, atop a hill, lies the remaining earthworks of an Iron Age hill fort known as Moel Goedog, pictured below.

Below, the two ring ditches and ramparts of the fort are clearly visible.

Unnamed Stone Circle

We found this rather impressive henge entirely by accident. Whilst taking a drive through the mountains, we glimpsed it from the road and stopped to have look. It was a good 30ft in diameter and the stones themselves ranged between 6 - 8ft. Other than that I know next to nothing about the site, and have been unable to find any information. If you recognise this site and know anything about it, don't hesitate to contact me.

Lligwy Burial Chamber 

This Neolithic burial chamber, located on the island of Anglesey, is impressive to say the least, a 'megalith' in every sense of the word. The enormous capstone is estimated to weigh over 30 tons, the supporting ring of stones are in fact partially buried and stand over 6ft in height meaning the structure would have appeared twice it's current height. How ancient man was able to construct this megalith remains a mystery, but it is undoubtedly a phenomenal feat of Neolithic engineering.

Excavations carried out in 1909 revealed remains of up to 30 bodies, along with both Neolithic and early Bronze Age pottery. Evidence of rainfall erosion on the capstone suggests this burial chamber was not covered by a cairn (i.e covered with a mound of soil), which would make this structure a dolmen.

A short distance to the north are the foundational remains of an Iron Age settlement called Din Lligwy.

Bryn Celli Ddu

Probably one of the finest chambered cairns in Wales. Located on Anglesey and very similar in style to Maeshowe in Orkney, though more crude in it's construction, it was built around 2000bc, during the Neolithic on an older, existing henge, which itself appears to have been built on a late Mesolithic site of unknown purpose. Numerous human remains, including evidence of cremations have been discovered within the burial chamber. Like Maeshowe in Orkney and Newgrange in Ireland, Bryn Celli Ddu is aligned with the Summer Solstice, allowing the light of the sunrise to enter the passage and flood the interior of the burial chamber.

To the rear of the mound, you will find an interesting standing stone, known as the "Pattern Stone", replete with serpentine and spiral carvings. This stone is thought to be part of the original henge. The stone at the site is a replica, the real one currently resides in the National Museum of Wales.

Another intriguing standing stone can be found inside the burial chamber. A smooth, rounded pillar made of blueschist rock, standing guard over the chamber at a statuesque 6ft 6. It's significance is unknown, it is possible that it was part of the original henge, like the Pattern Stone.

The view from inside.

Dyffryn Ardudwy Burial Chambers

Possibly two of the oldest examples of portal dolmens in the British Isles, dated to almost 4000bc. Thought to originally have been covered by a large cairn of stones. They are referred to as "tombs", though it would appear that subsequent excavations have not turned up any evidence of human remains. Other finds however include numerous pieces of deliberately broken pottery from the Neolithic and Bronze Age, a stone pendant and two polished stone plaques, made from local Mynydd Rhiw stone.

This style of tomb or dolmen construction, and indeed most of the other megalithic structures I have shown here, are commonly seen throughout not only Britain and Ireland, but also Scandinavia, France and the Iberian peninsula, lending further credence to the hypothesis of a common, neolithic culture or civilisation spanning much of the Atlantic regions of Western and Northern Europe.