Tuesday, September 26, 2006

State of the globe

I am very upset. I read a few websites this morning and was disheartened about the state of our world. Not the nation - the entire world.

First I read:
Global warming nears ‘dangerous’ level
Researchers say average temperatures are close to a million-year high

..."If global temperatures go up another 1.8 degrees F (1 degree C), it would be equal to the maximum temperature of the past million years.

"This evidence implies that we are getting close to dangerous levels of human-made (anthropogenic) pollution," said study leader James Hansen of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies."

Then I read:
Global warming
The inconvenient truth about what we eat

We can also play a key role for positive change by adjusting what we eat – at least 8% of global climate change is directly related to agriculture.

By eating low on the food chain, locally-grown and organic, you can make a significant difference."

We are at a dangerous point of the state of our earth. However, most of us are unaware. Our leaders are not making many efforts to encourage or enforce changes. We don't know what steps we can take to reduce our emissions. And if we do know, they seem so overwhelming or unattainable that we don't even want to try. What type of world are we going to be living in in 20 years? In 50 years? What type of world are we leaving to our children or grandchildren? I don't care if my children will be able to purchase things. I want them to be able to eat fresh foods and drink fresh clean water.

A year ago, I doubt that I would have made any changes becuase I didn't think it mattered. I thought "It is too difficult, I would have to make a change.... Would anything that I do really make a difference? How could I make any difference?"

Well, as an individual, I may not make a huge difference. However, I have to believe that by teaching my children, by sharing my knowledge and attempts with friends and family, by conversing with my neighbors that I have to be making a difference. We have neighbors who are now walking to work, eating locally, recycling and reusing, and changing their consumer habits. Alone I may not be much, but as a growing group, there has to be a difference. Think of throwing a pebble into a pond and the ripples of the waves.

try these things and then add another step!
  1. Buy foods closest to their freshest state (i.e. less packaging). The more packaging, the more energy used.
  2. Cook from scratch (again - less packaging)
  3. buy local (Foods that are transported 3000 miles use a lot of energy)
  4. and/or organic foods. (Pesticides and herbicides use a lot of energy. )
  5. grow foods (anything - even in a pot on a porch. Any step can help).
  6. Eat lower on the food chain (a vegetarian diet can be a very powerful change to reduce climate change. A meat-based diet uses much more energy. Also, the more land that is used to grow plants, the more Co2 can be absorbed by plants - and not released into the air).
I know that there are people who cannot do these things for one reason or another (poverty, education, time, etc). However, any step that can reduce energy consumption can have an impact. Food is just one step along the path toward sustainability and a healthier earth.


Sally Parrott Ashbrook said...

I was thinking about this last night in the store. Someone at the grocery store gave me a sample of fabulous bruschetta made with toasted garlic. I stood and held the bottle of toasted garlic in my hand for a long time before deciding not to buy it. I realized I can toast/roast garlic at home, and fairly easily--there's no need for me to take advantage of that convenience given the extra trash it creates.

Anonymous said...

The earth is going to be hotter than it has in 1 million years? So what? There has been life on earth for millions of years when the temperature has been much hotter.
"This evidence implies that we are getting close to dangerous levels of human-made (anthropogenic) pollution." How does the "evidence" imply anthropogenic global warming? How do we know the temperature is not rising naturally (as it did in cycles for billions of years before humans were on the scene)? How do we know to what extent humnas are causing the increase in temperatures? The geologic history of the earth goes back billions of years. Current CO2 levels and temperatures are moderate compared to where they were when, for instance, the dinosaurs roamed the earth. Temperatures may well rise in the next century but it is not necessarily the catastrophe the mass media paints it to be.

There are soooo many environmental problems to be concerned with: quality of water, deforestation, solid waste disposal, the abundance of cancer causing agents . . . global warming seems to be the least of our worries.

sushil yadav said...

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.

Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.

A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.





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