Monthly Archives: December 2008

Sacrifice

If you believe population is causing a problem, please let me know what that problem is and I’ll show you a solution.  Problem is, no one wants to sacrifice in order to fix the problem!  You’ll send me stuff saying this is wrong, I’ll send you stuff saying this is how to fix it, you’ll send me stuff saying “you can’t expect everyone to give up eating fish and meat.” and you won’t do it. Round and round we go until there is not enough left to sustain our growing population.  Then what?

If, like you stated, population is the problem with just over 6 billion people, what are we going to do, better yet what are your children going to do, in 2050 when population is expected to be 9-11 billion?  We are sitting here denying or giving excuses for not doing something about what’s going on today and our kids are going to be left wondering how the hell we didn’t see it coming.  Population is the problem and it will double in our lifetime and the majority of the population is willing to sacrifice nothing.  We need to start to implement sustainable practices now before it is too late.  If that means cutting our meat consumption in half, then we should do it.

Not that this matters, cause you’ll just say “they have to say that in order to continue their grants and funding” and completely write-off the MASSIVE amount of research pointing to disaster, but here goes… (A majority of the Nobel Prize laureates in the sciences signed this document; about 1,700 of the world’s leading scientists appended their signature.)  “Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course. Human activities inflict harsh and often irreversible damage on the environment and on critical resources. If not checked, many of our current practices put at serious risk the future that we wish for human society and the plant and animal kingdoms, and may so alter the living world that it will be unable to sustain life in the manner that we know. Fundamental changes are urgent if we are to avoid the collision our present course will bring about.

Our massive tampering with the world’s interdependent web of life-coupled with the environmental damage inflicted by deforestation, species loss, and climate change-could trigger widespread adverse effects, including unpredictable collapses of critical biological systems whose interactions and dynamics we only imperfectly understand.

Uncertainty over the extent of these effects cannot excuse complacency or delay in facing the threat.

We the undersigned, senior members of the world’s scientific community, hereby warn all humanity of what lies ahead. A great change in our stewardship of the earth and the life on it, is required, if vast human misery is to be avoided and our global home on this planet is not to be irretrievably mutilated. ”

When they mention human misery, the are referring to our kids.  This is only one example of the concerns our scientific community have.  This was written 16 years ago and stewardship has only gotten worse.

People do not have to eat meat.  What makes you say that?  I don’t eat meat… haven’t for over seven years now.  There is nothing wrong with my health.  I get gotten a head to toe physical once a year for the past 6 years with my job.  Every year the doctors tell me that whatever I’m doing, keep doing it.  They don’t even question whether I eat meat or not.  I take no vitamin supplements what-so-ever and year after year my blood work comes back flawless.  No meat, no fish, not 1 bite.  Meanwhile, my fellow meat-eaters are constantly struggling with proper diet, cholesterol and weight gain.

via One Planet, One Life & The Sixth Mass Extinction.


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