This is my one hundred post, and it makes sad reading.
It questions why I bother when the problems of the world is us.
The behavioral changes that are required of us are so fundamental that no one wants to make them.
Indeed, our cleverness, our inventiveness and our activities are now the drivers of every global problem we face.
Why are we not doing more about the situation we’re in – given the scale of the problem and the urgency needed – I simply cannot understand.
What, then, are our options?
It looks like to me that our Capitalist Democratic Governments are palatalized by consumer driving economies, and Data.
That our religions and beliefs are superficial when it comes to demands for Food, Water, Clean Air, Life.
In fact, I believe we can rightly call the situation we’re in right now an emergency – an unprecedented planetary emergency.
Earth is home to millions of species. Just one dominates it. Us.
Our activities have modified almost every part of our planet.
In fact, we are having a profound impact on it.
And every one of these problems is accelerating as we continue to grow towards a global population of 10 billion.
By 2050, your children, or your children’s children, will be living on a planet with at least 9 billion other people. Some time towards the end of this century, there will be at least 10 billion of us. Possibly more.
We hear the term “climate” every day, so it is worth thinking about what we actually mean by it. Never mind the sea rising and we all turning brown.
It takes 100 liters of water to produce a cup of coffee. And that’s before any water has actually been added to your coffee.
It takes something like four liters of water to produce a one-liter plastic bottle of water.
Last year, in the UK alone, we bought, drank and threw away nine billion plastic water bottles. That is 36 billion liters of water, used completely unnecessarily.
It takes around 72,000 liters of water to produce one of the ‘chips’ that typically powers your laptop, Sat Nav, phone, iPad and your car.
There were over two billion such chips produced in 2012. That is at least 145 trillion litres of water. On semiconductor chips.
In short, we’re consuming water, like food, at a rate that is completely unsustainable and it is already becoming a weapon of war.
Demand for land for food is going to double By 2050,
1bn hectares of land is likely to be cleared to meet rising food demands from a growing population. This is an area greater than the US. And accompanying this will be three gigatons per year extra CO2 emissions.
If Siberia does thaw out before we finish our deforestation, it would result in a vast amount of new land being available for agriculture, as well as opening up a very rich source of minerals, metals, oil and gas. In the process this would almost certainly completely change global geopolitics.
By 2050, 70% of us are going to be living in cities.
It’s worth mentioning that of the 19 Brazilian cities that have doubled in population in the past decade, 10 are in the Amazon.
In transporting us and our stuff all over the planet, we are also creating a highly efficient network for the global spread of potentially catastrophic diseases.
To meet expected demand of energy production by the end of this century we will need to build, roughly speaking, something like: 1,800 of the world’s largest dams, or 23,000 nuclear power stations, 14.m wind turbines, 36.bn solar panels, or just keep going with predominantly oil, coal and gas – and build the 36,000 new power stations.
We spent €8bn at Cern to discover evidence of a particle called the Higgs boson.
We urgently need to do – and I mean actually do – something radical to avert a global catastrophe.
Human needs theorists argue that one of the primary causes of protracted or intractable conflict is people’s unyielding drive to meet their unmet needs on the individual, group, and societal level.
Conflicts and violent conflicts are caused by unmet human needs.
Humans need a number of essentials to survive. these essentials go beyond just food, water, and shelter.
They include both physical and non-physical elements needed for human growth and development, as well as all those things humans are innately driven to attain, such as recognition, safety, autonomy, equality, subsistence, respect and consideration, it becomes possible to look at strategies and solutions which may take all needs into account, on both sides.
Providing nothing collides into us we have 6.5 billion years to go before the whole lot goes up in flames in the mean time – if we don’t get a grip and stop being faceless on Facebook teach your son how to use a gun.
As I said this is the hundred post on my blog if it changes just one person it is worth it.
When you close your eyes and enter the land of sleep it is not the only time in your life that you are content, death awaits us all.