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30 March 2005 @ 03:15 pm
I am not paranoid  
A report by 1300 scientists from 95 countries says we are using the earth's resources at an unsustainable rate.

"At the heart of this assessment is a stark warning. Human activity is putting such strain on the natural functions of Earth that the ability of the planet's ecosystems to sustain future generations can no longer be taken for granted.

"The provision of food, fresh water, energy, and materials to a growing population has
come at considerable cost to the complex systems of plants, animals, and biological
processes that make the planet habitable.

"As human demands increase in coming decades, these systems will face even greater
pressures--and the risk of further weakening the natural infrastructure on which all
societies depend.

"Protecting and improving our future well-being requires wiser and less destructive use
of natural assets. This in turn involves major changes in the way we make and
implement decisions.

"We must learn to recognize the true value of nature--both in an economic sense and
in the richness it provides to our lives in ways much more difficult to put numbers on.

"Above all, protection of these assets can no longer be seen as an optional extra, to be
considered once more pressing concerns such as wealth creation or national security
have been dealt with. ..."

I'm trying to stay calm. There's nothing here I haven't heard before. It's just seeing it in black and white, and knowing that we could make things better if everyone chose to. But what action is taken will be too little, and not enough. America will not put off self-gratification, even if it knows it will lead to disaster.

I will continue to work to change things, because I have to. I can't sit back and let things happen.

But anyone who reads this-- think about what you do. Consider that turning on a light, using your computer, watching TV is possible because fossil fuels power the electric plants. Use only what's necessary. Don't let complacency lead us to death.

I pray for us, that we may all see the wisdom in curbing appetite, and make the changes we need to live better with the earth.
eaceac on March 30th, 2005 05:30 pm (UTC)
You are not paranoid.
Elle: Hug me!theletterelle on March 30th, 2005 06:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I wonder if anyone will change their patterns of consumption based on this report?
eaceac on March 30th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
(by the way, I didn't think you were paranoid before this report, either.)

My estimation is that most people and corporations won't change their pattern of consumption until the government forces them to. We need a government who will make it clear to people that their rights do not take precedence over our survival as a race.

I will be looking at ways to gradually improve my environmental habits when I graduate at the end of April, but I feel helpless, too.

(We only have one car - a Honda Civic. When we replace it, we'll buy hybrid. There's far too much driving in our lifestyle, but I don't have a solution for that right now. We were Green Moutain energy customers, but were dropped the summer Enron fucked California over for energy supplies. Water consumption, recycling and reducing waste are still big issues, as is buying sustainable and organic. I have to concetrate, see what we can afford, rope my husband in, and prioritize the things that have the most impact. *sigh*)
Elle: Metoliustheletterelle on March 31st, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC)
I don't think even the government will help, unless they can convince people there's a problem. People will just vote out the government that tries to curb their spending and destruction. And the corporations that own our government absolutely won't stand for anything that'll affect their bottom line for the current quarter. Fifty years off? Hell, they don't care.

It's hard to figure out what to do, when this pervades our entire existence. Like I said, most places you can't turn on a light without burning fossil fuel.

My car's a Civic too, but I'm going to replace it with a diesel and make biodiesel. Which I've already gone over, so I won't reiterate all the good things about biodiesel. But within another 5 years or so, they may be selling diesel hybrids in the US. That's what I really want. Biodiesel that gets 60 mpg? Hell yeah!