Pestilence Update

Plastics killing up to a million people a year. Pestilence of water and land and air. “People in developing countries have no choice but to burn or dump plastics.”

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period
… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).
… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)
… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor.

Plastics killing up to a million people a year. Pestilence of water and land and air. “People in developing countries have no choice but to burn or dump plastics.”

Anne Gulland. The Telegraph•May 13, 2019

Sir David Attenborough has warned that the growing tide of plastic pollution is killing up to a million people as year as well as having devastating consequences on the environment.

A report on the impact of plastic pollution, one of the first to document the impact of discarded plastic on the health of the poorest people in the world, estimates that between 400,000 and one million people die every year because of diseases and accidents linked to poorly managed waste in developing countries.

Sir David, whose Blue Planet TV programme alerted the world to the damage plastic was wreaking on the oceans, says that the effects of plastic pollution is an “unfolding catastrophe that has been overlooked for too long”.

He said it was time to act “not only for the health of our planet, but for the wellbeing of people around the world”.

“We need leadership from those who are responsible for introducing plastic to countries where it cannot be adequately managed, and we need international action to support the communities and governments most acutely affected by this crisis,” he said.

The report, by charities Tearfund, Fauna & Flora International and WasteAid, warns of a growing public health emergency, affecting the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world.

Just one in four people around the world have their rubbish collected so plastic and other waste often ends up discarded in the environment, blocking waterways and drains. This leads to flooding, which, in countries with poor sanitation, leads to outbreaks of cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases, as well as drowning.

Several severe floods have been attributed to blocked waterways, including a flood in Accra, Ghana in 2011 where a resulting cholera outbreak killed 100 people.  

Discarded plastic also provides a fertile ground for disease vectors such as malaria- and dengue-carrying mosquitoes which breed in the rainwater collecting in waste.

The report also highlights the link between plastic waste and air pollution. For many in low and middle income countries the only way to get rid of plastic and other waste is to burn it, releasing toxic fumes into the air.

The World Health Organization estimates that air pollution is responsible for 3.7 million premature deaths a year, and recent estimates suggest that open burning could be responsible for as much as a fifth of this death toll.

The report also highlights the unknown impact of microplastics – small pieces of plastic less than 5mm in diameter – on human health. The presence of microplastics in the oceans has been well documented but the impact of microplastics in soils, sediments and freshwater is less well recognised. There are fears over the impact on human health if microplastics are ingested, although there is little hard evidence in this area yet. 

The report says large multinationals such as Coca Cola, PepsiCo, Nestlé and Unilever need to do more to both reduce the amount of single-use plastic that goes into their packaging and help low and middle income countries with their waste management.

It says that companies should report on the number of single-use plastic products they use and sell in each country around the world by 2020. And, by 2025, they should reduce this amount by half and use reusable containers instead.

Joanne Green, senior policy adviser at Tearfund, said that the big multinationals should not be selling goods packaged in single-use plastics in countries that did not have the waste management systems to deal with them. 

“People in developing countries have no choice but to burn or dump plastics. It’s not a responsible business model and we’re asking customers to sign a petition asking companies to change. 

“We want companies to clean up their act and stop producing single-use plastic and collect one piece of plastic for every one they produce,” she said. 

She added: “We are also calling on donors to increase aid to government so they can support countries to implement things like bans. But this is a longer-term solution to an urgent problem. Plastic waste is increasing and the generation of plastic is increasing rapidly.”

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