Why should WE be greener?
Why should WE be greener?
He we have some facts and viewpoints from others, in case you are in any way unsure as to why a greener life is necessary!
It is widely quoted that we would need three planets in order to support the rate of consumption that we currently have. Obviously, we only have one. And no exit strategy either! Suggested action: Reduce our consumption to sustainable levels!
Food and Agriculture
Typically, farm subsidies are more than the cost of the goods produced.
The cost of keeping lawns (including golf courses) is more in money, water, chemicals and labour than all of agriculture combined. In essence, if we grew things in these spaces, we wouldn’t need agriculture. These areas could be returned to forests which are the lungs of the earth, provide habitat to support biodiversity, store carbon and additionally we could have locally grown food. Lawns are status symbols tracing back to British Colonial times in India. Our back yards are not seen by anyone, so don’t even form that purpose. Suggested action: Reduce lawn areas and increase production of our own food locally.
Due to the use of chemical fertilizer, pesticides, heavy and frequent tilling and mono culture, the soil quality and volume are being eroded and crop production rates are decreasing. Suggested action: Grow more food locally ourselves, support organic and local farmers, revive food storage techniques and foraging.
Genetically Modified (GM) foods may offer higher production levels or pest resistance which is clearly a good thing. However, what we don’t understand fully is how these modifications may interfere with the normal varieties via interbreeding. Many of the large seed producers make infertile seeds, that is, farmers must buy seeds yearly, rather than relying on the seeds from last year’s crop. Some genetically modified plants are herbicide resistant, meaning farmers can spray weed killer on the crops to keep back unwanted competition. This not only enters the environment, poisoning soil and water courses, but also enters our food chain. What may seem a good idea can quickly turn to disaster.
“The temperature change in a single day is usually several degrees, even at the equator, so the thought of a four degree change is not particularly frightening to most people. But to change the global AVERAGE by even one degree requires heating an enormous volume of ocean water..atmosphere…and land. We are only about 3 degrees warmer today, on a global average, than we were 20,000 years ago when there was a mile thick mantle of ice over Manhattan. Four degrees more, which is where we may find ourselves in a few decades, is a big deal.” – Albert Bates, The Biochar Solution.
“If your species loses its economic underpinnings, your position on the economic charts would fall back to where you were in 1930, or 1830 or even 1330, but you are still around as a species… In contrast, if your species loses its climate underpinnings, it’s “Game over, man.” You not only take down the higher vertebrates… but everything alive on this third rock from the Sun, potentially even the microbes in deeps caves and ocean depths…” – Albert Bates, The Biochar Solution.