Climate change is a symptom while the extinction of Life is the true underlying disease that needs treatment.
Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth (AIT) focused on the wrong problem.
In her book, "The World is Blue", Dr. Sylvia Earle, the National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, uses the analogy that Life is like a PC and human beings are wantonly destroying various components in the PC, without realizing that the PC could crash as a result.
In his book, "Domination of Nature," William Leiss traces the destructive impact of modern civilization on Life to pervasive attitudes originating with Sir Francis Bacon in the 17th century. Countering the defeatism in 17th century society towards natural disasters in the form of the bubonic plague, childhood diseases, etc., Bacon proposed that the mechanical inventions of the industrial revolution be employed to "conquer and subdue Nature, to shake her to her foundations."
In Oct. 2008, Dr. James Gustave Speth, the dean of Environmental Studies at Yale University wrote, "All we have to do to destroy the planet’s climate and biota and leave a ruined world to our children and grandchildren is to keep doing exactly what we are doing today...."
Human civilization is reaching the limits of the traditional linear economic model which supposes the planet to be an infinite source for industrial raw materials and an infinite sink for industrial waste. Fortunately for us, much of this waste never left the planet and can be found mostly in landfills in the ground.
As the US Northeast experiences record snowfalls during this winter, Vice President Al Gore has been the butt of jokes from those who argue that Climate Change or rather, Global Warming, isn't happening.
By Lester R. Brown
For the 193 national delegations gathering in Copenhagen for the U.N. Climate Change Conference in December, the reasons for concern about climate change vary widely.
Dairy consumption is a sleeper item in the whole diet issue and hasn't received much attention in environmental circles. Of the 1.3 billion heads of cattle worldwide, 320 million are in India where cows are mostly allowed to live out their natural lives and beef consumption is not very popular. India has 600 million vegetarians who consume dairy on a routine basis. Thus dairy cattle form a substantial segment of the cattle population that is currently impacting land use changes throughout the world.
Day by day, Americans have been getting fatter and sicker. This works out great for the food industry as the demand for their products increases with American appetites. It works out equally great for the Pharmaceutical industry as sicker Americans pop more pills daily. Unfortunately, this combination is now bankrupting the system, while making for some unhappy, angry citizens.
On the Dutch Postcode Lottery challenge website, Sir Richard Branson states in a video that "if we are not going consume less, we should consume differently." While, at first glance, this may appear to be an excuse to continue his flamboyant, over consuming lifestyle, there are many depths to be plumbed in that statement.
This is surely the most exciting time to be alive, for this generation will be viewed in history as either the Greatest Generation that ever existed on earth for having taken steps to overcome all these crises or it will be vilified as the Worst Generation ever for failing to do so. No other generation was afforded such an opportunity to steer the future of Life on Earth so dramatically.