Things that we value most like family, health, freedom, wealth and happiness---do not exist without sustainability. In other words, if we don't learn how to live sustainably, life will be nothing more than a hell on Earth for those few of us who survive. ---
A little background. Mother Earth began supporting life four billion years ago. The first humans appeared just 200,000 years ago and it took us 199,800 years to reach the one billion population mark.
Then, in just the next 200 years, we added another six billion people. That's just a mere blink in the eye of history and here's how I recently explained that blink to a sixth grade class in New London, CT.
If we crammed that four billion years into just one year, we humans have been around for only the last 26 minutes of the last hour of that year. Even more alarming; in just the past two seconds, we've grown from one billion to seven billion. Finally, in just the last one half second, we have inflicted more damage on the fragile harmony of nature than all previous generations of humans combined.
How did we do so much damage? A combination of three things:
- Overpopulation, exceeding the carrying capacity of our planet
- The way we live, work, travel, and consume STUFF (See video below)
- THE WAY WE EAT
Scientists now agree that Mother Nature cannot sustain the way we are living for very much longer. Many have predicted that our civilization will collapse before the end of this century unless we take some drastic actions soon---like within the next five or ten years. So, what can we do quickly about those three areas of human activity?
- Curb overpopulation? We're still adding over 200,000 people per day and it will take many decades, if not centuries, to get this situation under control.
- Change the way we live? Once again, this will take many decades, if not centuries, to move our entire world economy back to working in harmony with Nature.
- Change the way we EAT? Not only are our food choices the leading driver of most environmental issues, they are the ONLY major area of human activity that we can change quickly.
J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info: