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Disturbing Forces For Sustainability: Are We Lost?
There are so many disturbing forces at play that we are at risk of not getting anything done altogether. The worst part is that all of these forces could do so much good for the world. If the politicians, industry leaders, and marketers could all put their money where their mouth is and make a serious attempt to be better, we would be in a much greener place. Instead, they lie and twist and make false claims that only make people wary of the concept of ‘sustainability.’ Disturbing Forces For Sustainability: Are We Lost? Disturbing Forces: Communication Just this morning, I was watching a TV show on the Discovery Channel. Aptly titled Air Traffic Investigation , it focuses on the causes of airplane crashes. In this particular episode, the crash of Air China Flight 129 in April 2002 was discussed. As it so often does, it turned out that it was an accumulation of smaller errors and, most importantly, communication problems. The pilots were requested to make a certain circling approach that they never practiced, while they did not comply with the checklist. Plus, the captain took over controls from the first officer at a particularly bad time, without informing his fellow pilot of what else needed to be done.   Air China Flight 129 (2002). Crashed into Mount Dotdae on approach to Gimhae Airport, South Korea. Deaths of 129. Add to this a communication problem with the Air Traffic Control, where an inexperienced ATC controller did not give out proper instructions and failed to keep track of the plane, and it proved to be the recipe for a disaster in which 129 souls were lost. Extra salient detail is that the captain survived and, initially, kept insisting that nothing went wrong - except for the mountain that suddenly showed up that they crashed right into.   Where am I going with this? Well, hold on. I am getting there.   Whenever something goes horribly wrong in this world, be it an air crash or someone losing their job, there is always some kind of unbalance involved. Mostly due to communication issues, although it is too frequently related to our tendency to mislead too, let’s put it nicely, cover our behinds. If we are at risk of taking the fall for something, we are all too eager to keep up the pretense that it was not our fault and that there are external forces that are just too strong to fight against.   Recommended:  Flygskam: Trend Of Scandinavian Shame Of Flying All too often, this very mindset also applies to sustainability. There are so many disturbing forces at play that we are at risk of not getting anything done altogether. Small scale initiatives and innovations galore, but none can - or seemingly willing to - step up to the plate and scale-up. Politicians who are caught in their own neatly spun webs of self-interest, re-election, and heavy reliance on lobbyists and industries that are perhaps good for their wallet and vote count, but certainly not for the environment. Large Scale Polluting Industries There is no other way of explaining away the industries that continue to pollute on large scales. They ought to be called back, but - once again, in fear of losing large donors and the voter’s sympathy - left to be. They continue to pollute as they go largely unchecked, every so often forced to make tiny adjustments in their way of doing things as incremental legislation is passed that puts some semblance of sustainability in action. Just look at some of the greatest polluters, including the transportation industry and energy companies. Their interests are often so intertwined with the country’s and economy that it seems nearly impossible to cut them loose without feeling the bleed throughout society. The only logical result is that the industries continue their polluting ways unhindered. These are really disturbing forces for sustainability: are we lost? Recommended:  Biomass Much More Polluting Than Gas And Coal: Netherlands Crooked Politicians And Lobbyists Even worse than the industry leaders feigning innocence are the political leaders and the dreaded lobbyists. For one, the politicians have gone so crooked in their intentions that it is no longer possible to set their real agenda straight. While they might run an election on promises of greening up the major industries and switching to renewable energy, this seems to change when they take office.   Recommended:  Climate Change And Dodgy Politicians Match Badly The youthful, spirited campaign slogans are suddenly replaced by political, evasive answers seeking the ‘middle ground’ at every possible opportunity. At the same time, they find themselves surrounded by lobbyists who form the human border between said industries and politicians. Often paid handsomely for their services, they weasel their way into a seat at every possible negotiation table and meeting to make sure that their ‘expert opinion’ is heard. (Which, coincidentally, appears to be perfectly aligned with that of the industry leaders they represent.) {youtube}                                                     Top 10 Most Corrupt Politicians in The World 2020 Recommended:  Climate Agreement Paris And Trump’s Denial Greenwashing Much to be said about the polluting industries and crooked politicians. At least they are usually semi-upfront about what they do (or don’t do). The same can definitely not be said for many a marketeer in the field. Proud to present the despicable practice of greenwashing. Fancy world-saving slogans are damned; if you take most green initiatives and look at them closely, you will be quick to find that they are definitely not as great as they claim to be. Greenwashing is the practice of brainwashing people to the point of making them believe something is green(ish). Taking the entire process into account - including resources used, processing, transportation, product footprint, recycling opportunities -, one will quickly find that sustainability as promised is, in fact, mostly meant as a marketing claim before anything else. In an attempt to appeal to consumers' ‘feel-good’ sentiment, real roots and practices are often hidden away to preserve a green image that is, at best, more of a muddy brown. Recommended: Inequality And Over-Exploitation: People Matter The Force Is Weak In This One The worst part is that all of the forces mentioned above could do so much good for the world. If the politicians, industry leaders, and marketers could all put their money where their mouth is and make a serious attempt to be better, we would be in a much greener place. Instead, they lie and twist and make false claims that only make people wary of the concept of ‘sustainability.’ It is no longer an ideal; it is some vague claim that people now use if they want to get their way.   Surely that is not how it is supposed to be. We are well and truly lost. Leaders step up. We need you more than ever to guide us the right way, not the one paved by broken promises. Or else we might find ourselves crashing into the hillside head-first.   Before you go! Recommended:  Trumps Melting Head Is About Climate Change Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about the corrupt society? Send your writing & scribble with a photo to  [email protected] , and we will write an interesting article based on your input.
There are so many disturbing forces at play that we are at risk of not getting anything done altogether. The worst part is that all of these forces could do so much good for the world. If the politicians, industry leaders, and marketers could all put their money where their mouth is and make a serious attempt to be better, we would be in a much greener place. Instead, they lie and twist and make false claims that only make people wary of the concept of ‘sustainability.’ Disturbing Forces For Sustainability: Are We Lost? Disturbing Forces: Communication Just this morning, I was watching a TV show on the Discovery Channel. Aptly titled Air Traffic Investigation , it focuses on the causes of airplane crashes. In this particular episode, the crash of Air China Flight 129 in April 2002 was discussed. As it so often does, it turned out that it was an accumulation of smaller errors and, most importantly, communication problems. The pilots were requested to make a certain circling approach that they never practiced, while they did not comply with the checklist. Plus, the captain took over controls from the first officer at a particularly bad time, without informing his fellow pilot of what else needed to be done.   Air China Flight 129 (2002). Crashed into Mount Dotdae on approach to Gimhae Airport, South Korea. Deaths of 129. Add to this a communication problem with the Air Traffic Control, where an inexperienced ATC controller did not give out proper instructions and failed to keep track of the plane, and it proved to be the recipe for a disaster in which 129 souls were lost. Extra salient detail is that the captain survived and, initially, kept insisting that nothing went wrong - except for the mountain that suddenly showed up that they crashed right into.   Where am I going with this? Well, hold on. I am getting there.   Whenever something goes horribly wrong in this world, be it an air crash or someone losing their job, there is always some kind of unbalance involved. Mostly due to communication issues, although it is too frequently related to our tendency to mislead too, let’s put it nicely, cover our behinds. If we are at risk of taking the fall for something, we are all too eager to keep up the pretense that it was not our fault and that there are external forces that are just too strong to fight against.   Recommended:  Flygskam: Trend Of Scandinavian Shame Of Flying All too often, this very mindset also applies to sustainability. There are so many disturbing forces at play that we are at risk of not getting anything done altogether. Small scale initiatives and innovations galore, but none can - or seemingly willing to - step up to the plate and scale-up. Politicians who are caught in their own neatly spun webs of self-interest, re-election, and heavy reliance on lobbyists and industries that are perhaps good for their wallet and vote count, but certainly not for the environment. Large Scale Polluting Industries There is no other way of explaining away the industries that continue to pollute on large scales. They ought to be called back, but - once again, in fear of losing large donors and the voter’s sympathy - left to be. They continue to pollute as they go largely unchecked, every so often forced to make tiny adjustments in their way of doing things as incremental legislation is passed that puts some semblance of sustainability in action. Just look at some of the greatest polluters, including the transportation industry and energy companies. Their interests are often so intertwined with the country’s and economy that it seems nearly impossible to cut them loose without feeling the bleed throughout society. The only logical result is that the industries continue their polluting ways unhindered. These are really disturbing forces for sustainability: are we lost? Recommended:  Biomass Much More Polluting Than Gas And Coal: Netherlands Crooked Politicians And Lobbyists Even worse than the industry leaders feigning innocence are the political leaders and the dreaded lobbyists. For one, the politicians have gone so crooked in their intentions that it is no longer possible to set their real agenda straight. While they might run an election on promises of greening up the major industries and switching to renewable energy, this seems to change when they take office.   Recommended:  Climate Change And Dodgy Politicians Match Badly The youthful, spirited campaign slogans are suddenly replaced by political, evasive answers seeking the ‘middle ground’ at every possible opportunity. At the same time, they find themselves surrounded by lobbyists who form the human border between said industries and politicians. Often paid handsomely for their services, they weasel their way into a seat at every possible negotiation table and meeting to make sure that their ‘expert opinion’ is heard. (Which, coincidentally, appears to be perfectly aligned with that of the industry leaders they represent.) {youtube}                                                     Top 10 Most Corrupt Politicians in The World 2020 Recommended:  Climate Agreement Paris And Trump’s Denial Greenwashing Much to be said about the polluting industries and crooked politicians. At least they are usually semi-upfront about what they do (or don’t do). The same can definitely not be said for many a marketeer in the field. Proud to present the despicable practice of greenwashing. Fancy world-saving slogans are damned; if you take most green initiatives and look at them closely, you will be quick to find that they are definitely not as great as they claim to be. Greenwashing is the practice of brainwashing people to the point of making them believe something is green(ish). Taking the entire process into account - including resources used, processing, transportation, product footprint, recycling opportunities -, one will quickly find that sustainability as promised is, in fact, mostly meant as a marketing claim before anything else. In an attempt to appeal to consumers' ‘feel-good’ sentiment, real roots and practices are often hidden away to preserve a green image that is, at best, more of a muddy brown. Recommended: Inequality And Over-Exploitation: People Matter The Force Is Weak In This One The worst part is that all of the forces mentioned above could do so much good for the world. If the politicians, industry leaders, and marketers could all put their money where their mouth is and make a serious attempt to be better, we would be in a much greener place. Instead, they lie and twist and make false claims that only make people wary of the concept of ‘sustainability.’ It is no longer an ideal; it is some vague claim that people now use if they want to get their way.   Surely that is not how it is supposed to be. We are well and truly lost. Leaders step up. We need you more than ever to guide us the right way, not the one paved by broken promises. Or else we might find ourselves crashing into the hillside head-first.   Before you go! Recommended:  Trumps Melting Head Is About Climate Change Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about the corrupt society? Send your writing & scribble with a photo to  [email protected] , and we will write an interesting article based on your input.
Disturbing Forces For Sustainability: Are We Lost?
Disturbing Forces For Sustainability: Are We Lost?
We Destroy Nature! Still, It Wants To Protect Us
If we hear a story about someone who recently got dumped by a partner who has since resorted to nothing but hurling false accusations their way, yet that someone is still fiercely protecting and condoning their ex’s behavior, we usually feel pity or total disdain. After all, how could you continue to make excuses for someone else’s evil intentions towards you? We Destroy Nature! Still, It Wants To Protect Us It sounds logical. We would not have survived for as long as we did if we kept on protecting those who harmed us. Evolution dictates that those who refuse to take crap from others, excuse my French, are most likely to survive. Then how, precisely, can we reason away the fact that we are dead set on destroying the very world that sustains us - and she continues to protect us? Truthfully, we can’t. That is why we should be grateful that she does and figure out how she does it, if only for our egotistical benefit - to make sure that this protection does not stop. Photo by Roya Ann Miller We even created a term for this strategy of using nature as a defense mechanism. Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA), which has the slightly dubious tagline of making sure that we look after nature to make sure that she looks after us. In a less official sense, it is more like doing our best to restore and protect nature so that she can help us combat climate change-related issues. Let’s look at some of the ways. Recommended:  Nature Damaged Nature Hits Back: CCC Drought While we are pretty resilient when it comes to the majority of natural disasters, drought is one for which we historically got the short end of the stick. Drought has the power of draining life from areas and was responsible for the invention of such things as pipelines, damns, and human-made reservoirs. Photo by: Josh Withers.  Kerry QLD 4285, Australia. However, nature has even better ways of keeping land rich and full of nutrients in times of drought. Natural wetlands like streams and lakes could act as sponges, drawing water in the ground. The groundwater supplies would grow during periods of rainfall so that there would be a reservoir in times of drought. Healthy forests do the same, absorbing water through the tree roots. Planting more trees and extending natural wetlands would, therefore, be our best bet if we want Mother Nature to lend us a hand in times of drought. {youtube}                                                              How nature can protect us from pandemics   Recommended:  Climate Change And Viruses: Do Threats Converge? Wildfire The dramatic wildfire season of last year is still fresh in our minds. California, the Amazon, Australia - large areas of the land went up in flames as we stood by helplessly. Our best efforts were limited to the removal of stretches of forests, to create the so-called ‘fuel break.’ Hardly inspiring. Photo by Marcus Kauffman.  Big Fall Creek Road, Lowell, United States. Nature could lend a much-needed hand, though. Some trees, including the Mediterranean cypress trees, are uniquely equipped to withstand fire. They retain lots of water in their leaves, even in the face of excruciating heat. As the leaves fall, they create a wetland of sorts at the base of the trunk - making it impossible for fire to continue. Planting those trees as a natural barrier against fires would keep things from escalating quickly. Recommended:  Climate Change: China Floods The Arctic On Fire Heatwaves Speaking of extreme heat! Traditionally, people have escaped cities in the summer to find some cooling relief in the countryside or near the sea. Cities are typically warmer. Concrete and asphalt retain heat while cooling winds often can’t blow freely around high buildings. As we switch on the AC to control this heat, we are making the problem worse - air-conditioning is a major emitter of CO2, heating the planet as we try to cool it down. Photo by Pascal Bernardon.  1 Avenue Gustave V de Suède, 75016 Paris, France. Heatwave There is a much easier way, though. Tree cover provides plenty of shade. Besides, trees cool surrounding air as they release water through their leaves. The more trees there are in our cities, the more resistant against heatwaves they will ultimately be. Recommended:  Heat Waves: How Can You Cool Down Effectively. Tips & Tricks Coastal Flooding The rising sea level has put a large number of coastal communities at risk. While we created dykes and dams to keep the sea out of our neighborhoods, we might turn to Mother Nature for more support. Coastal ecosystems are great at keeping the water at bay. Mangroves and coral reefs could assist by breaking the waves before they hit the shore. This reduces the potential for extreme floods. So just giving back those stretches of land alongside the shoreline to nature might do more good than filling it with all kinds of human-made Hail Mary’s. Photo by Milind Ruparel.  Recommended:  Climate Change: Cause Of The Next Global Economic Collapse Landslides & Erosion As weather patterns become more extreme, the upper layers of land are suffering equally. This means that landslides and erosion will become commonplace, as the soil gets loose. This problem can be combatted with Mother Nature’s help. The so-called ‘binding capacity’ of the earth can be increased, while soil erosion can be prevented by finding new ways of running off excess water. Both can be achieved by planting more vegetation, as it serves as both an anchor for the soil and something that absorbs surface water. Desertification & Sandstorms As the climate gets drier, desertification becomes an urgent threat. Especially with our tendency to cut down trees in vulnerable areas, we make it too easy for the desert to expand greedily. And as desert grows, we lose space to live and work: no more water, no more crops, just plain desert. Thankfully, we can prevent this by planting ‘green barriers,’ stretches of well-maintained greenery, trees and shrubs. These will halt the growth of the desert while creating a more pleasant environment for those living in or around it. Johannes Schwaerzler. Road after a sandstorm. Recommended:  Climate Change: Hurricane Season With Big And Wet Storms Let’s Get Planting The attentive reader might have caught onto a critical way in which we can care for nature so that it can take care of us. Planting trees, shrubs, greens - basically re-creating ecosystems by planting what we can, where we can. It will prevent droughts, flooding, wildfires, landslides, and desertification - while it will help us in dealing with a warmer climate, giving us ways of staying cool without turning on the AC. So let’s get planting today to save the world tomorrow. Cover photo by NOAA Before you go! Recommended:  Bushfires Australia Generate Their Weather Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own experience with how nature can help us? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
If we hear a story about someone who recently got dumped by a partner who has since resorted to nothing but hurling false accusations their way, yet that someone is still fiercely protecting and condoning their ex’s behavior, we usually feel pity or total disdain. After all, how could you continue to make excuses for someone else’s evil intentions towards you? We Destroy Nature! Still, It Wants To Protect Us It sounds logical. We would not have survived for as long as we did if we kept on protecting those who harmed us. Evolution dictates that those who refuse to take crap from others, excuse my French, are most likely to survive. Then how, precisely, can we reason away the fact that we are dead set on destroying the very world that sustains us - and she continues to protect us? Truthfully, we can’t. That is why we should be grateful that she does and figure out how she does it, if only for our egotistical benefit - to make sure that this protection does not stop. Photo by Roya Ann Miller We even created a term for this strategy of using nature as a defense mechanism. Ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA), which has the slightly dubious tagline of making sure that we look after nature to make sure that she looks after us. In a less official sense, it is more like doing our best to restore and protect nature so that she can help us combat climate change-related issues. Let’s look at some of the ways. Recommended:  Nature Damaged Nature Hits Back: CCC Drought While we are pretty resilient when it comes to the majority of natural disasters, drought is one for which we historically got the short end of the stick. Drought has the power of draining life from areas and was responsible for the invention of such things as pipelines, damns, and human-made reservoirs. Photo by: Josh Withers.  Kerry QLD 4285, Australia. However, nature has even better ways of keeping land rich and full of nutrients in times of drought. Natural wetlands like streams and lakes could act as sponges, drawing water in the ground. The groundwater supplies would grow during periods of rainfall so that there would be a reservoir in times of drought. Healthy forests do the same, absorbing water through the tree roots. Planting more trees and extending natural wetlands would, therefore, be our best bet if we want Mother Nature to lend us a hand in times of drought. {youtube}                                                              How nature can protect us from pandemics   Recommended:  Climate Change And Viruses: Do Threats Converge? Wildfire The dramatic wildfire season of last year is still fresh in our minds. California, the Amazon, Australia - large areas of the land went up in flames as we stood by helplessly. Our best efforts were limited to the removal of stretches of forests, to create the so-called ‘fuel break.’ Hardly inspiring. Photo by Marcus Kauffman.  Big Fall Creek Road, Lowell, United States. Nature could lend a much-needed hand, though. Some trees, including the Mediterranean cypress trees, are uniquely equipped to withstand fire. They retain lots of water in their leaves, even in the face of excruciating heat. As the leaves fall, they create a wetland of sorts at the base of the trunk - making it impossible for fire to continue. Planting those trees as a natural barrier against fires would keep things from escalating quickly. Recommended:  Climate Change: China Floods The Arctic On Fire Heatwaves Speaking of extreme heat! Traditionally, people have escaped cities in the summer to find some cooling relief in the countryside or near the sea. Cities are typically warmer. Concrete and asphalt retain heat while cooling winds often can’t blow freely around high buildings. As we switch on the AC to control this heat, we are making the problem worse - air-conditioning is a major emitter of CO2, heating the planet as we try to cool it down. Photo by Pascal Bernardon.  1 Avenue Gustave V de Suède, 75016 Paris, France. Heatwave There is a much easier way, though. Tree cover provides plenty of shade. Besides, trees cool surrounding air as they release water through their leaves. The more trees there are in our cities, the more resistant against heatwaves they will ultimately be. Recommended:  Heat Waves: How Can You Cool Down Effectively. Tips & Tricks Coastal Flooding The rising sea level has put a large number of coastal communities at risk. While we created dykes and dams to keep the sea out of our neighborhoods, we might turn to Mother Nature for more support. Coastal ecosystems are great at keeping the water at bay. Mangroves and coral reefs could assist by breaking the waves before they hit the shore. This reduces the potential for extreme floods. So just giving back those stretches of land alongside the shoreline to nature might do more good than filling it with all kinds of human-made Hail Mary’s. Photo by Milind Ruparel.  Recommended:  Climate Change: Cause Of The Next Global Economic Collapse Landslides & Erosion As weather patterns become more extreme, the upper layers of land are suffering equally. This means that landslides and erosion will become commonplace, as the soil gets loose. This problem can be combatted with Mother Nature’s help. The so-called ‘binding capacity’ of the earth can be increased, while soil erosion can be prevented by finding new ways of running off excess water. Both can be achieved by planting more vegetation, as it serves as both an anchor for the soil and something that absorbs surface water. Desertification & Sandstorms As the climate gets drier, desertification becomes an urgent threat. Especially with our tendency to cut down trees in vulnerable areas, we make it too easy for the desert to expand greedily. And as desert grows, we lose space to live and work: no more water, no more crops, just plain desert. Thankfully, we can prevent this by planting ‘green barriers,’ stretches of well-maintained greenery, trees and shrubs. These will halt the growth of the desert while creating a more pleasant environment for those living in or around it. Johannes Schwaerzler. Road after a sandstorm. Recommended:  Climate Change: Hurricane Season With Big And Wet Storms Let’s Get Planting The attentive reader might have caught onto a critical way in which we can care for nature so that it can take care of us. Planting trees, shrubs, greens - basically re-creating ecosystems by planting what we can, where we can. It will prevent droughts, flooding, wildfires, landslides, and desertification - while it will help us in dealing with a warmer climate, giving us ways of staying cool without turning on the AC. So let’s get planting today to save the world tomorrow. Cover photo by NOAA Before you go! Recommended:  Bushfires Australia Generate Their Weather Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own experience with how nature can help us? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
We Destroy Nature! Still, It Wants To Protect Us
These Apps Will Help You Live More Sustainable
Although we are already well underway in 2020, it is never too late for an excellent resolution. Living more sustainably should be on top of your list, considering the current state of our planet. As Mother Earth is visibly struggling with the pressure of our presence, we may want to give her a break or two. Live More Sustainable And yes, one person’s actions might not matter at all in the grand scheme of things, a tiny drop in the ocean, you name it. We’ve heard it all before, but this does not mean that you can’t just do anything. (You might want to read that sentence twice.) Photo by Gema Evans.  Becoming more sustainable does not mean that you have to start living in a tiny house, trade-in your old Volvo for an electric vehicle, grow your veggies, or give up your latest smartphone. Not yet, at least. Babysteps is the word, and we got some of those for you, shaped like something comforting, cuddly and familiar. We present to you, the apps that will bring you a more sustainable life - through the food that we consume. Recommended:  Urban Mobility: Friendliest Bike Cities Worldwide Apps For A Vegan Diet The food you put in your mouth every day could potentially make a massive difference for our planet. If you are ready to go all the way, you might opt for becoming a vegan, or commit yourself to eat locally only. If so, you might be interested in some of those apps. Is it Vegan App! Is It Vegan? (free), that lets you scan the barcode of any product and will tell you right after whether it is vegan, vegetarian, or neither, using a heat chart. Happy Cow (€4,49) inspired by the similarly named website. It shows all the vegan hotspots in the world, including vegan-friendly restaurants on a map. Vegsafe (free), basically an enormous database of the different obscure ingredients and e-numbers out there, indicating whether they are vegan. This will be a game-changer when you are out shopping for groceries and despairing as you read the content descriptions. {youtube}                                             Top 5 Apps for your Vegan/Whole Foods Plant-Based Lifestyle. Apps For A Vegetarian Diet For those who are a bit more hesitant to take on the full vegan diet - no blame here -, you could start by reducing the amount of meat you eat. Meat is a significant polluter, so it could be one of the best decisions you ever made. Just raising one animal to maturity, when it is ready to be slaughtered for its meat, requires a lot of resources that we could just as well use for more useful things than a hamburger. Did you know that to get you a decently sized steak, a whopping 7000 liters of water are required? So if you had the choice between not showering for half a year or passing up on a steak once, incredibly enough, the latter would be the more sustainable one. Recommended:  Blue Planet Earth: The Amount Of Water You Use Still, far too many of us are incorporating some kind of meat in our dinner. This is ‘how we always did it,’ and ‘a meal is not complete without.’ For those, you might be happy to learn of some handy apps that provide plenty of meat-free recipes. Green Kitchen (€4,49) is a popular recipe app for veggie-only dishes. It boasts complete ingredient lists and easy to follow instructions. Veggie Weekend (free) is another useful recipe app with over 100 tasty meals for both vegans and vegetarians. It includes a digital timer and relevant nutrition information. Easy Vegetarian (free) for Android users. A cookbook with 200+ vegetarian recipes and a shopping list functionality. Vegetarian Meal Plan (free) allows you to create a detailed meal plan for the week, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks and creates the accompanying shopping list for your convenience. If these delicious recipes are not enough to keep you motivated, some so-called ‘meat-tracker’ apps give you some tough love. These two are personal favorites: Less (free) is meant as positive meat-reducing reinforcement. It does not expect you to cut meat out of your diet altogether, but it does give you a firm reality check. Simply input the amount and type of meat you ate, and it will provide you with an overview of your environmental impact. Ideally, it motivates you to get those badges for helping save millions of liters of water. No Meat Today (free) is another meal tracker that allows you to set your personal goals and keeps track of them. Are you sticking to those one or two meat-free days per week, or are you cheating? How about your resolution to eat more fish? A beautiful reality check. Apps For An Accountable Diet It is not just about the meat, though. Other parts of our food industry could be just as bad. This is why you would want an app measuring the sustainability of any food you are eating. We got you covered there, too. Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch (free) is, guaranteed, not the fanciest looking thing out there, but it gets the job done. It tells you precisely what fish to choose and to avoid. Whether you are at the fish market or ordering in sushi, it will be your handy pocket guide telling you which dishes or fish types are your best option. Chocolate List (free) does pretty much the same thing, but then for chocolate. Find out whether your ‘fair trade chocolate’ is indeed as fair as it promises to be. Seasonal Food Guide (free) is another handy little addition to your app collection, that jumps on the trend of seasonal foods. It will help you find local and seasonal fruits and veggies based on your location. This way, you know that your food hasn’t traveled great distances to get on your plate. HowGood (free) gives a rating to products to reflect on their sustainability. How sustainable is that product really, considering the processes of farming, growing, producing, shipping, handling, and selling? Time to hunt for the ‘good,’ ‘great,’ or ‘best’-ranked products. Recommended:  Vegan Food You Need To Develop Your Muscles: Protein Power Apps For Less Food Waste The total amount of food that we waste does, according to the World Wildlife Federation, have the same ecological footprint as a whopping 37 million cars. There has to be a different way. And you’ve guessed it, now there is! Every bit of food that goes to waste is a missed opportunity with those handy waste prevention apps. Photo by Olio. Olio (free) has made quite some noise recently, claiming to start the food sharing revolution. It lets you give unused food to neighbors, while you take that nearly expired cucumber off their hands. Too Good To Go (free) is pledging to end food waste while saving delicious food. Shops, bakeries, and restaurants can list their nearly expired products, meals, or dishes, that you can order through the app and pick up at the specified time. FlashFood (free) is making your shopping trip a breeze, as it lets you take advantage of deals in supermarkets and grocery stores on nearly expired food. Ideal for coupon-hunters and anyone who cares about their wallet as well as about the planet. Recommended:  Dumpster Diving: Hobby Which Combats Food Waste The App Is The Future You don’t have to download all of those apps to make a difference. Perhaps just start with the one that spoke to you most while reading its description. It’s all about the baby steps. Cover photo by Rob Hampson Before you go! Recommended:  Eating insects Is Healthy, Tasty, And Cool: the United States . Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about healthy food? 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Although we are already well underway in 2020, it is never too late for an excellent resolution. Living more sustainably should be on top of your list, considering the current state of our planet. As Mother Earth is visibly struggling with the pressure of our presence, we may want to give her a break or two. Live More Sustainable And yes, one person’s actions might not matter at all in the grand scheme of things, a tiny drop in the ocean, you name it. We’ve heard it all before, but this does not mean that you can’t just do anything. (You might want to read that sentence twice.) Photo by Gema Evans.  Becoming more sustainable does not mean that you have to start living in a tiny house, trade-in your old Volvo for an electric vehicle, grow your veggies, or give up your latest smartphone. Not yet, at least. Babysteps is the word, and we got some of those for you, shaped like something comforting, cuddly and familiar. We present to you, the apps that will bring you a more sustainable life - through the food that we consume. Recommended:  Urban Mobility: Friendliest Bike Cities Worldwide Apps For A Vegan Diet The food you put in your mouth every day could potentially make a massive difference for our planet. If you are ready to go all the way, you might opt for becoming a vegan, or commit yourself to eat locally only. If so, you might be interested in some of those apps. Is it Vegan App! Is It Vegan? (free), that lets you scan the barcode of any product and will tell you right after whether it is vegan, vegetarian, or neither, using a heat chart. Happy Cow (€4,49) inspired by the similarly named website. It shows all the vegan hotspots in the world, including vegan-friendly restaurants on a map. Vegsafe (free), basically an enormous database of the different obscure ingredients and e-numbers out there, indicating whether they are vegan. This will be a game-changer when you are out shopping for groceries and despairing as you read the content descriptions. {youtube}                                             Top 5 Apps for your Vegan/Whole Foods Plant-Based Lifestyle. Apps For A Vegetarian Diet For those who are a bit more hesitant to take on the full vegan diet - no blame here -, you could start by reducing the amount of meat you eat. Meat is a significant polluter, so it could be one of the best decisions you ever made. Just raising one animal to maturity, when it is ready to be slaughtered for its meat, requires a lot of resources that we could just as well use for more useful things than a hamburger. Did you know that to get you a decently sized steak, a whopping 7000 liters of water are required? So if you had the choice between not showering for half a year or passing up on a steak once, incredibly enough, the latter would be the more sustainable one. Recommended:  Blue Planet Earth: The Amount Of Water You Use Still, far too many of us are incorporating some kind of meat in our dinner. This is ‘how we always did it,’ and ‘a meal is not complete without.’ For those, you might be happy to learn of some handy apps that provide plenty of meat-free recipes. Green Kitchen (€4,49) is a popular recipe app for veggie-only dishes. It boasts complete ingredient lists and easy to follow instructions. Veggie Weekend (free) is another useful recipe app with over 100 tasty meals for both vegans and vegetarians. It includes a digital timer and relevant nutrition information. Easy Vegetarian (free) for Android users. A cookbook with 200+ vegetarian recipes and a shopping list functionality. Vegetarian Meal Plan (free) allows you to create a detailed meal plan for the week, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks and creates the accompanying shopping list for your convenience. If these delicious recipes are not enough to keep you motivated, some so-called ‘meat-tracker’ apps give you some tough love. These two are personal favorites: Less (free) is meant as positive meat-reducing reinforcement. It does not expect you to cut meat out of your diet altogether, but it does give you a firm reality check. Simply input the amount and type of meat you ate, and it will provide you with an overview of your environmental impact. Ideally, it motivates you to get those badges for helping save millions of liters of water. No Meat Today (free) is another meal tracker that allows you to set your personal goals and keeps track of them. Are you sticking to those one or two meat-free days per week, or are you cheating? How about your resolution to eat more fish? A beautiful reality check. Apps For An Accountable Diet It is not just about the meat, though. Other parts of our food industry could be just as bad. This is why you would want an app measuring the sustainability of any food you are eating. We got you covered there, too. Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch (free) is, guaranteed, not the fanciest looking thing out there, but it gets the job done. It tells you precisely what fish to choose and to avoid. Whether you are at the fish market or ordering in sushi, it will be your handy pocket guide telling you which dishes or fish types are your best option. Chocolate List (free) does pretty much the same thing, but then for chocolate. Find out whether your ‘fair trade chocolate’ is indeed as fair as it promises to be. Seasonal Food Guide (free) is another handy little addition to your app collection, that jumps on the trend of seasonal foods. It will help you find local and seasonal fruits and veggies based on your location. This way, you know that your food hasn’t traveled great distances to get on your plate. HowGood (free) gives a rating to products to reflect on their sustainability. How sustainable is that product really, considering the processes of farming, growing, producing, shipping, handling, and selling? Time to hunt for the ‘good,’ ‘great,’ or ‘best’-ranked products. Recommended:  Vegan Food You Need To Develop Your Muscles: Protein Power Apps For Less Food Waste The total amount of food that we waste does, according to the World Wildlife Federation, have the same ecological footprint as a whopping 37 million cars. There has to be a different way. And you’ve guessed it, now there is! Every bit of food that goes to waste is a missed opportunity with those handy waste prevention apps. Photo by Olio. Olio (free) has made quite some noise recently, claiming to start the food sharing revolution. It lets you give unused food to neighbors, while you take that nearly expired cucumber off their hands. Too Good To Go (free) is pledging to end food waste while saving delicious food. Shops, bakeries, and restaurants can list their nearly expired products, meals, or dishes, that you can order through the app and pick up at the specified time. FlashFood (free) is making your shopping trip a breeze, as it lets you take advantage of deals in supermarkets and grocery stores on nearly expired food. Ideal for coupon-hunters and anyone who cares about their wallet as well as about the planet. Recommended:  Dumpster Diving: Hobby Which Combats Food Waste The App Is The Future You don’t have to download all of those apps to make a difference. Perhaps just start with the one that spoke to you most while reading its description. It’s all about the baby steps. Cover photo by Rob Hampson Before you go! Recommended:  Eating insects Is Healthy, Tasty, And Cool: the United States . Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about healthy food? Send your writing & scribble with a photo to [email protected] , and we will write an interesting article based on your input.
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Collapse: The World According To WhatsOrb
Humans are blind to the imminent environmental collapse. As it turns out, the acceleration of biodiversity loss may just be the sleeper event of the 21st century. Collapse: The World According To WhatsOrb The World According To WhatsOrb is an eight-part series describing the dire situation in which the world and humanity have now found itself. In continued chapters, it represents solutions, which could make short term improvements and save nature and humanity in the long term. It offers short-term goals that are highly achievable The first chapter - this chapter - highlights the grim situation we are in, our mindset, and our instincts. In the end, it is about our 'infinite' world and a fantastic event somewhere on our nearby horizon. For the first time in human existence, its growth peak! The second ( Climate Cascade ) and third chapters ( Oceans Suffocated )  discuss the current state of affairs, including climate change and our dying oceans. These will not be for the faint of heart, as they will highlight the inexcusable predatory behavior as displayed by humanity. Chapter 4 talks about the loss of biodiversity, a decline of insect populations, and the use of pesticides. But it is also about agriculture, permaculture, and food. Chapter 5 talks about energy and resources. It is about ancient fossil fuels, nuclear power, and renewables, which are still at the embryonic stage. What do we need and how can we get this Chapter 6 moves on to the topic of transportation. It is about commuting and traveling. But it is also about our homes, our cities, villages, and towns. How they are organized and how they should be held. Chapter 7 then finally touches upon solutions for production and the industry. It talks about recycling and how to create a truly circular economy. Chapter 8 is the last article of the series. It explores the timeframe of this all, attempting to find out just how much time we have to get our act together.   Collapse: The World According To WhatsOrb is not about what we want to change by 2040 or 2050. It talks about what we can do tomorrow. It offers short-term goals that are highly achievable and can be understood by anyone, regardless of your background knowledge on the topic. The best part? The results will be visible and measurable within months - or even less. Join us on the journey of Collapse: The World According To WhatsOrb and find out how you can do your part in preventing the soon inevitable collapse of nature. The World According To WhatsOrb: The Human Enterprise Do you know what the unifying yet decidedly unfavorable treat is that we, as humans, all share? We are curious . We always want to find out more, even if it harms us in the long run. This is how we managed to come up with such an extensive database of climate change-related matters, how we founded entire libraries on topics like habitat destruction and soil degradation. How we devised algorithms so precise, we could map the impact of a single millimeter’s rise in sea levels on indigenous monkey populations in the heart of the Amazon. Photo by: Timo Ster, Unsplash. Curiosity makes us travel the world. So far, so good. We know a lot of things, and if we do not understand something, we will set our hearts on finding out. This, combined with our ancient survival instincts, is why we are at the top of the world’s food chain. Bring in the unfavorable part of this trait. When we find out something that we do not necessarily enjoy or that threatens any part of our lives, we employ the ostrich-method. Meaning, we stick our heads in the sand and pretend we are not here. The ostrich-method When we are faced with striking images of starving kids in Africa, we tend to look away. Rationalize it by saying that those images were doctored, and those things do not happen anymore. Actively fight it, by arguing that those charities are out to rob us and those poor babies will never see a cent of the donations. Notable exceptions aside, our first instinct is to turn a blind eye. We have this natural blind spot for things that we just don’t like. Recommended:  Hurting The Environment: The Palm Oil Paradox Enter the heaps and heaps of data gathered on how exactly we are harming Mother Nature. The evidence is there, laid out for all of us to see. Unfortunately, most of us will look at this and agree that we are headed for our imminent demise but concede within the next breath that there is nothing ‘they’ can do about it right now. Let’s make it someone else’s problem at another time. Not here, not now. That would be inconvenient, after all. Unfortunately, biodiversity does not have the time to wait ‘one more moment.’ There are a whole bunch of papers highlighting an alarming trend, in which the number of insects is found to be declining at a bizarre pace - up to 75% over the past few decades. Bird populations are faced with similar declines. This is a mass-murder event, but no news outlet feels obliged to report it. Why? Photo by Santanu Banduri, Unsplash. We like birds and a Bee-eater like on the picture, but do we care? It appears that the loss of biodiversity has become the sleeper event of this century. As we, The Human Enterprise, continue to grow our operations, we do so at the detriment of other businesses. Or, in this case, all non-human life on earth. We take away their habitats, we change the climate that they thrive in, we excessively use pesticides, we pollute their soil and water, and we leave them homeless as we continue to expand. The World: Finite We tend to think of our world as a constant, a given. Something that will always be there, no matter what. We could not be further from the truth. The world is finite. Always has been, always will be. Together with millions and millions of other species, we share limited resources, too. And as one species thrives, it will inevitably lead to the demise of different species. That’s what survival of the fittest is all about. In recent years, we lost track of this whole survival of the fittest proposition. Instead, we appear to be headed for our demise. We are no longer the most qualified, most suitable at adapting to our (changing) environment. Instead, we are the most headstrong, thinking that we can solve all of our problems by expanding and producing some more. This makes the battle between protecting nature and fostering economic growth such a heated one. Photo by: Sergio Souza, Unsplash. Thinking that we can solve all of our problems by expanding and producing some more We are actively pushing other species out of the game. In the past 50 years, we managed to decrease worldwide wildlife populations by 60 percent. A large number of animals have found themselves ranking near the top of the WWF’s most endangered list, including the African elephant, black rhino, tigers and killer whale. This cannot be the plan. Worldwide decline of the entomofauna: A review of its drivers' PDF At least these animals still get some attention. It is quite unprecedented how much effort has been put in the protection and forced procreation of pandas, for instance - with great thanks to its cuddliness. There are many more animals which are not so lucky. They lack the appeal, let’s just call it charisma, of some of the before-mentioned animals. These are the insects, microbes, and amphibians that we so direly need to keep the world as it is. Hence, the imminent collapse. Recommended:  Mankind Could Disappear Globally But The Earth Will Survive Collapse: We Don’t Give A Damn Funnily enough, most of us just do not seem to give a damn about the imminence and severity of this collapse. We claim not to care much for nature. Let’s see how much we care about our food, though. A large portion of foods that people undoubtedly enjoy is grown with the help of some of these animals, that now find themselves threatened by our very existence. Through pollination, for instance.   Recommended:  Robot Bees Are All The Buzz: Bees In Decline Let’s not forget that we are not the ones who created this earth as we know it. We are the result of billions and billions of years of evaluation and progress, all of which performed at the hands of - you guessed it - nature and the microbes living in it. {youtube}                                           Humans and the Environment | Essentials of Environmental Science Only Half-Century’s Worth Of Arable Soils Left If someone would walk up to you today and tell you that we only have enough soil left to last us some 50 years, you would probably stop in your tracks and stare at this person. You might either feel scared or find yet another way of rationalizing their claim: ‘But we will probably have found suitable alternatives by then…’ The fact is that biological processes cannot be recreated. These are the processes that ‘make’ the earth as it is. They maintain the chemical balance of our oceans. They foster plants and bacteria that produce oxygen through photosynthesis. And they provide the healthy soil that we need to grow our food, courtesy of countless bacteria, microbes, and fungi.   We are disrupting these processes to such an extent that nature cannot rebound. Soil, for instance, will be depleted in some 50 years. That was not a joke. Agriculture, building, and industry took away so much of it that it did not have enough time to restore. That process takes a long time, much longer than we would ideally want to. Denial of this basic scientific fact led to the precarious position that we find ourselves in today, where we will indeed run out of soil soon. This might pose an even more significant threat than climate change. Without soil, we cannot produce the food that we need to survive. Similarly, biodiversity loss will be disastrous for many crucial processes as well, while the lack of sufficient renewable energy sources will, in effect, do the same. It will lead to shortages of essential elements. Soil. Energy. Water. Crops. Insects. Some of the necessary ingredients of life. Why Are We Not Alarmed? We are coming back to the earlier point. How come we are taking this beating while sitting down? Why are we not standing up and fighting back? We ought to protect our oceans, our soils, our biodiversity. It really should not be that hard. If one earth-crucial process fails, the entire system will start to collapse. And as more and more operations grind to a halt, this system collapse will only accelerate, dragging all of us down with it. Recommended:  Breaking: Did You Know, All You Read About CO2 Rise Is Half The Truth Avoiding this collapse should be our number 1 issue right now. It is what global leaders should be talking about; it is what voters should be most concerned with. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case. The number of people who are sticking their heads out above the sand to face the problem head-on is just too small. They cannot do it alone. Too bad the rest of us, including most government leaders, seem to be in denial. The Human Growth Peak As we are battling the COVID-19 pandemic, the first contours of our future society take shape. One that sees nature preserving over economic prosperity, one that has something outside of our control, takes over our lives - leaving us scrambling to catch up. We moan and whine about life ‘as we know it’ has ended, with the limitations pushed upon us by the ‘new reality’ only now starting to sink in.   Recommended:  Climate Change And Viruses: Do Threats Converge? Life will change. Those who are holding out hope that someday soon everything will return to normal will find themselves disillusioned in the end. There are many more catastrophic events waiting around the corner. We have pushed nature to her limits, and she now appears to be taking back control. Photo by: Cheng Feng, Unsplash. Catastrophic events are waiting around the corner. Coronavirus, COVID-19, 2020. At the same time, the human growth peak is approaching. And we can feel it in our bones. For the first time in our history, we might be looking at a declining world population. But this means that there will have to be a peak first. This is expected to occur around 2050, after which the downward trend will start. For the first time, more people will die than people are being born. A pretty significant event - that might just be the turning point in history. Radical Change So, ever since our ‘species’ came to being, our number has increased. Sometimes more rapidly, other times are slowing down, but the world population has been growing at a steady pace. It has done so since the first homo sapiens stood up. We started spreading around the world after our ancestors left Africa, some 70,000 years ago. It may have just been a handful of humans, but they were determined to find new lands. They moved to Asia, with some of them moving up further to Europe. Others walked across Siberia and ‘found’ the Americas, with a few of them moving down and reaching the southernmost tip of Patagonia.   This was some 15,000 years ago. Humanity had spread all across the world. This kickstarted an era of even more significant growth, with civilizations forming and clashing with one another in a bet for land, power, or resources. While different cultures were leading at different points in time, it was eventually the West that prospered most. 'The West' was the first to set sail and cross oceans to - often forcefully - get their hands on prized resources, that would fuel their prosperity even more. Colonization had begun. And it hasn’t stopped yet. Colonize It, Enslave It, Control It And Dominate It Our behavior led to the creation of a so-called predatory-exploitative mindset, one that now characterizes us as a species. We are in this game to win it. We consider ourselves to be on top of the food chain, capable of ‘getting’ whatever we want, no matter the cost.   Recommended:  Inequality And Over-Exploitation: All People Matter We are predatory. We exploit to get what we want. This is who we are as a species. We use other countries, other people. We use nature and scarce resources to get what we need. Or ‘deserve,’ as we seem to think. Those who win are always right, and it is only up to history to prove their wrong. Cue the Roman emperors, European colonizers, and slave-owners. The Nazis. They all thought they were doing the right thing for ‘their’ people. They colonized, enslaved, controlled, and dominated. No matter the cost. This Age Is Troubled: The Exponential Curve This is where our current age is so significant. We will soon cease to grow—both in number and mindset. There are no more lands left to discover, nor can we continue our colonization and domination of the earth. We will no longer be able to do so, even if we would want to. We are entering some troubled times. As the world population peaks, we will find ourselves fighting for a limited - and decreasing - number of resources, along with a record number of other people. Cue social unrest. Violence. Poverty. Rage, despair. Rise of fascism and different extreme political views. People want more. But for the first time in history, we cannot have more.   Photo: Shutterstock. Hong Kong protesters as a black bloc that built barricades and set up a fire. Our mindset will have to shift from the predatory-exploitative mindset to something more accommodating. There’s nothing left to hunt down, nothing left to exploit. You know what most animals tend to do when they have performed their job at the top of the food-chain so thoroughly that there is nothing left to hunt? Right, they turn on their own. Precisely what we are doing today. We just do not know what else to do.   Humanity At The End Has Matured In a fun twist of event, some biological definitions would finally place us, as a species, at the point of reaching maturity. We are no longer growing and expanding, but instead settling down, finally having accepted our limitations and stopped our wild ‘wandering about.’ Humanity is now mature. We are now adults. This means that we have to start acting like it as well. And as we all are well-aware, adulthood means stopping the senseless rebellion, letting go of a spirit-filled with wanderlust and greed. It means rising above what we have been and acknowledging our past mistakes. We can - and must! - be better. This especially goes for our treasured earth. We have to do right by her - and this might be the right occasion.   It is time to let go of our predatory-exploitative mindset and start caring. Move to a mindset that is more conscious, more constructive. One that builds up instead of breaks down. Creating this mindset will take a lot of time. It requires hard work and an open mind. This series of articles hopes to point the way. But coming up first: what processes are on the brink of collapsing? Before you go! Recommended:  Brazil Is Burning For Your Beef: Amazon’s Nature, Our Luxury Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about human enterprise? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Humans are blind to the imminent environmental collapse. As it turns out, the acceleration of biodiversity loss may just be the sleeper event of the 21st century. Collapse: The World According To WhatsOrb The World According To WhatsOrb is an eight-part series describing the dire situation in which the world and humanity have now found itself. In continued chapters, it represents solutions, which could make short term improvements and save nature and humanity in the long term. It offers short-term goals that are highly achievable The first chapter - this chapter - highlights the grim situation we are in, our mindset, and our instincts. In the end, it is about our 'infinite' world and a fantastic event somewhere on our nearby horizon. For the first time in human existence, its growth peak! The second ( Climate Cascade ) and third chapters ( Oceans Suffocated )  discuss the current state of affairs, including climate change and our dying oceans. These will not be for the faint of heart, as they will highlight the inexcusable predatory behavior as displayed by humanity. Chapter 4 talks about the loss of biodiversity, a decline of insect populations, and the use of pesticides. But it is also about agriculture, permaculture, and food. Chapter 5 talks about energy and resources. It is about ancient fossil fuels, nuclear power, and renewables, which are still at the embryonic stage. What do we need and how can we get this Chapter 6 moves on to the topic of transportation. It is about commuting and traveling. But it is also about our homes, our cities, villages, and towns. How they are organized and how they should be held. Chapter 7 then finally touches upon solutions for production and the industry. It talks about recycling and how to create a truly circular economy. Chapter 8 is the last article of the series. It explores the timeframe of this all, attempting to find out just how much time we have to get our act together.   Collapse: The World According To WhatsOrb is not about what we want to change by 2040 or 2050. It talks about what we can do tomorrow. It offers short-term goals that are highly achievable and can be understood by anyone, regardless of your background knowledge on the topic. The best part? The results will be visible and measurable within months - or even less. Join us on the journey of Collapse: The World According To WhatsOrb and find out how you can do your part in preventing the soon inevitable collapse of nature. The World According To WhatsOrb: The Human Enterprise Do you know what the unifying yet decidedly unfavorable treat is that we, as humans, all share? We are curious . We always want to find out more, even if it harms us in the long run. This is how we managed to come up with such an extensive database of climate change-related matters, how we founded entire libraries on topics like habitat destruction and soil degradation. How we devised algorithms so precise, we could map the impact of a single millimeter’s rise in sea levels on indigenous monkey populations in the heart of the Amazon. Photo by: Timo Ster, Unsplash. Curiosity makes us travel the world. So far, so good. We know a lot of things, and if we do not understand something, we will set our hearts on finding out. This, combined with our ancient survival instincts, is why we are at the top of the world’s food chain. Bring in the unfavorable part of this trait. When we find out something that we do not necessarily enjoy or that threatens any part of our lives, we employ the ostrich-method. Meaning, we stick our heads in the sand and pretend we are not here. The ostrich-method When we are faced with striking images of starving kids in Africa, we tend to look away. Rationalize it by saying that those images were doctored, and those things do not happen anymore. Actively fight it, by arguing that those charities are out to rob us and those poor babies will never see a cent of the donations. Notable exceptions aside, our first instinct is to turn a blind eye. We have this natural blind spot for things that we just don’t like. Recommended:  Hurting The Environment: The Palm Oil Paradox Enter the heaps and heaps of data gathered on how exactly we are harming Mother Nature. The evidence is there, laid out for all of us to see. Unfortunately, most of us will look at this and agree that we are headed for our imminent demise but concede within the next breath that there is nothing ‘they’ can do about it right now. Let’s make it someone else’s problem at another time. Not here, not now. That would be inconvenient, after all. Unfortunately, biodiversity does not have the time to wait ‘one more moment.’ There are a whole bunch of papers highlighting an alarming trend, in which the number of insects is found to be declining at a bizarre pace - up to 75% over the past few decades. Bird populations are faced with similar declines. This is a mass-murder event, but no news outlet feels obliged to report it. Why? Photo by Santanu Banduri, Unsplash. We like birds and a Bee-eater like on the picture, but do we care? It appears that the loss of biodiversity has become the sleeper event of this century. As we, The Human Enterprise, continue to grow our operations, we do so at the detriment of other businesses. Or, in this case, all non-human life on earth. We take away their habitats, we change the climate that they thrive in, we excessively use pesticides, we pollute their soil and water, and we leave them homeless as we continue to expand. The World: Finite We tend to think of our world as a constant, a given. Something that will always be there, no matter what. We could not be further from the truth. The world is finite. Always has been, always will be. Together with millions and millions of other species, we share limited resources, too. And as one species thrives, it will inevitably lead to the demise of different species. That’s what survival of the fittest is all about. In recent years, we lost track of this whole survival of the fittest proposition. Instead, we appear to be headed for our demise. We are no longer the most qualified, most suitable at adapting to our (changing) environment. Instead, we are the most headstrong, thinking that we can solve all of our problems by expanding and producing some more. This makes the battle between protecting nature and fostering economic growth such a heated one. Photo by: Sergio Souza, Unsplash. Thinking that we can solve all of our problems by expanding and producing some more We are actively pushing other species out of the game. In the past 50 years, we managed to decrease worldwide wildlife populations by 60 percent. A large number of animals have found themselves ranking near the top of the WWF’s most endangered list, including the African elephant, black rhino, tigers and killer whale. This cannot be the plan. Worldwide decline of the entomofauna: A review of its drivers' PDF At least these animals still get some attention. It is quite unprecedented how much effort has been put in the protection and forced procreation of pandas, for instance - with great thanks to its cuddliness. There are many more animals which are not so lucky. They lack the appeal, let’s just call it charisma, of some of the before-mentioned animals. These are the insects, microbes, and amphibians that we so direly need to keep the world as it is. Hence, the imminent collapse. Recommended:  Mankind Could Disappear Globally But The Earth Will Survive Collapse: We Don’t Give A Damn Funnily enough, most of us just do not seem to give a damn about the imminence and severity of this collapse. We claim not to care much for nature. Let’s see how much we care about our food, though. A large portion of foods that people undoubtedly enjoy is grown with the help of some of these animals, that now find themselves threatened by our very existence. Through pollination, for instance.   Recommended:  Robot Bees Are All The Buzz: Bees In Decline Let’s not forget that we are not the ones who created this earth as we know it. We are the result of billions and billions of years of evaluation and progress, all of which performed at the hands of - you guessed it - nature and the microbes living in it. {youtube}                                           Humans and the Environment | Essentials of Environmental Science Only Half-Century’s Worth Of Arable Soils Left If someone would walk up to you today and tell you that we only have enough soil left to last us some 50 years, you would probably stop in your tracks and stare at this person. You might either feel scared or find yet another way of rationalizing their claim: ‘But we will probably have found suitable alternatives by then…’ The fact is that biological processes cannot be recreated. These are the processes that ‘make’ the earth as it is. They maintain the chemical balance of our oceans. They foster plants and bacteria that produce oxygen through photosynthesis. And they provide the healthy soil that we need to grow our food, courtesy of countless bacteria, microbes, and fungi.   We are disrupting these processes to such an extent that nature cannot rebound. Soil, for instance, will be depleted in some 50 years. That was not a joke. Agriculture, building, and industry took away so much of it that it did not have enough time to restore. That process takes a long time, much longer than we would ideally want to. Denial of this basic scientific fact led to the precarious position that we find ourselves in today, where we will indeed run out of soil soon. This might pose an even more significant threat than climate change. Without soil, we cannot produce the food that we need to survive. Similarly, biodiversity loss will be disastrous for many crucial processes as well, while the lack of sufficient renewable energy sources will, in effect, do the same. It will lead to shortages of essential elements. Soil. Energy. Water. Crops. Insects. Some of the necessary ingredients of life. Why Are We Not Alarmed? We are coming back to the earlier point. How come we are taking this beating while sitting down? Why are we not standing up and fighting back? We ought to protect our oceans, our soils, our biodiversity. It really should not be that hard. If one earth-crucial process fails, the entire system will start to collapse. And as more and more operations grind to a halt, this system collapse will only accelerate, dragging all of us down with it. Recommended:  Breaking: Did You Know, All You Read About CO2 Rise Is Half The Truth Avoiding this collapse should be our number 1 issue right now. It is what global leaders should be talking about; it is what voters should be most concerned with. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case. The number of people who are sticking their heads out above the sand to face the problem head-on is just too small. They cannot do it alone. Too bad the rest of us, including most government leaders, seem to be in denial. The Human Growth Peak As we are battling the COVID-19 pandemic, the first contours of our future society take shape. One that sees nature preserving over economic prosperity, one that has something outside of our control, takes over our lives - leaving us scrambling to catch up. We moan and whine about life ‘as we know it’ has ended, with the limitations pushed upon us by the ‘new reality’ only now starting to sink in.   Recommended:  Climate Change And Viruses: Do Threats Converge? Life will change. Those who are holding out hope that someday soon everything will return to normal will find themselves disillusioned in the end. There are many more catastrophic events waiting around the corner. We have pushed nature to her limits, and she now appears to be taking back control. Photo by: Cheng Feng, Unsplash. Catastrophic events are waiting around the corner. Coronavirus, COVID-19, 2020. At the same time, the human growth peak is approaching. And we can feel it in our bones. For the first time in our history, we might be looking at a declining world population. But this means that there will have to be a peak first. This is expected to occur around 2050, after which the downward trend will start. For the first time, more people will die than people are being born. A pretty significant event - that might just be the turning point in history. Radical Change So, ever since our ‘species’ came to being, our number has increased. Sometimes more rapidly, other times are slowing down, but the world population has been growing at a steady pace. It has done so since the first homo sapiens stood up. We started spreading around the world after our ancestors left Africa, some 70,000 years ago. It may have just been a handful of humans, but they were determined to find new lands. They moved to Asia, with some of them moving up further to Europe. Others walked across Siberia and ‘found’ the Americas, with a few of them moving down and reaching the southernmost tip of Patagonia.   This was some 15,000 years ago. Humanity had spread all across the world. This kickstarted an era of even more significant growth, with civilizations forming and clashing with one another in a bet for land, power, or resources. While different cultures were leading at different points in time, it was eventually the West that prospered most. 'The West' was the first to set sail and cross oceans to - often forcefully - get their hands on prized resources, that would fuel their prosperity even more. Colonization had begun. And it hasn’t stopped yet. Colonize It, Enslave It, Control It And Dominate It Our behavior led to the creation of a so-called predatory-exploitative mindset, one that now characterizes us as a species. We are in this game to win it. We consider ourselves to be on top of the food chain, capable of ‘getting’ whatever we want, no matter the cost.   Recommended:  Inequality And Over-Exploitation: All People Matter We are predatory. We exploit to get what we want. This is who we are as a species. We use other countries, other people. We use nature and scarce resources to get what we need. Or ‘deserve,’ as we seem to think. Those who win are always right, and it is only up to history to prove their wrong. Cue the Roman emperors, European colonizers, and slave-owners. The Nazis. They all thought they were doing the right thing for ‘their’ people. They colonized, enslaved, controlled, and dominated. No matter the cost. This Age Is Troubled: The Exponential Curve This is where our current age is so significant. We will soon cease to grow—both in number and mindset. There are no more lands left to discover, nor can we continue our colonization and domination of the earth. We will no longer be able to do so, even if we would want to. We are entering some troubled times. As the world population peaks, we will find ourselves fighting for a limited - and decreasing - number of resources, along with a record number of other people. Cue social unrest. Violence. Poverty. Rage, despair. Rise of fascism and different extreme political views. People want more. But for the first time in history, we cannot have more.   Photo: Shutterstock. Hong Kong protesters as a black bloc that built barricades and set up a fire. Our mindset will have to shift from the predatory-exploitative mindset to something more accommodating. There’s nothing left to hunt down, nothing left to exploit. You know what most animals tend to do when they have performed their job at the top of the food-chain so thoroughly that there is nothing left to hunt? Right, they turn on their own. Precisely what we are doing today. We just do not know what else to do.   Humanity At The End Has Matured In a fun twist of event, some biological definitions would finally place us, as a species, at the point of reaching maturity. We are no longer growing and expanding, but instead settling down, finally having accepted our limitations and stopped our wild ‘wandering about.’ Humanity is now mature. We are now adults. This means that we have to start acting like it as well. And as we all are well-aware, adulthood means stopping the senseless rebellion, letting go of a spirit-filled with wanderlust and greed. It means rising above what we have been and acknowledging our past mistakes. We can - and must! - be better. This especially goes for our treasured earth. We have to do right by her - and this might be the right occasion.   It is time to let go of our predatory-exploitative mindset and start caring. Move to a mindset that is more conscious, more constructive. One that builds up instead of breaks down. Creating this mindset will take a lot of time. It requires hard work and an open mind. This series of articles hopes to point the way. But coming up first: what processes are on the brink of collapsing? Before you go! Recommended:  Brazil Is Burning For Your Beef: Amazon’s Nature, Our Luxury Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about human enterprise? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
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Crisis What Crisis: The World Is full Of Opportunities
The corona crisis is making the world 'small,' and many people worry. For many years I - and many around me - have been tense about the future of humanity on our planet Earth. With a crisis like a drought in the Netherlands in 2018, but also in my environment: forest fires, tornadoes, and floods don't make my worries less. At the same time harrowing stories of refugees on and about the sea. Crisis What Crisis! I believe we should say goodbye to our current system, where the global economy is predominant. It ensures the exploitation of people, the depletion of natural resources on earth, and unimaginable animal suffering. But how? The film 'Economics Of Happiness' shows it nicely. It exposes how the Ladakhs in India had a great wealth of their own until roads were built, and multinationals made their appearance. People mirrored a fictional ideal and became unhappy. What did the Ladakhs do before that they were doing so well together? Things we can do here too? Recommended:  Consumerism In ‘The West’: A Society Built On Exploitation Far from the heat, noise, and chaos, atop India’s snow-capped mountains, I found peace. How did the Ladakhs live before the major roads in the 1980s? They grow their food in fields with an eye for the natural functioning of those fields, and the ecosystems. Working together is binding. Several generations meet in the area. Care for each other comes up close. They make their clothes, have their music and dance and history. They are proud, not of themselves, but each other. Everyone is seen. There is no competition. Our lives look very different. But what ideas can we draw from their example for our own lives? {youtube}                                                                      The Economics of Happiness  The World Is Full Of Opportunity: How Would Such A Life Look? Because of this Coronavirus period, we are suddenly much more at home. I noticed by the forced sitting at home that there is more rest among the children. Finally, there is time to make the crafts from the craft book, build the hut, or make the birdhouse. They learn fanatically in the morning and continue singing and playing throughout the day. What would it be like if the competition and performance pressure of the school system disappears, and we only learn for ourselves without comparing it with others? And also mainly learn other things? About ecosystems, about caring for each other, making music (own music but more than just the national anthem), about making clothes yourself, baking pots, weaving baskets? What would it be like if there was time for this? What would it be like if we produce food without loss of quality of soil and biodiversity? Wouldn't it be nice if we felt with every harvest that the earth would be better instead of worse? Isn't it useful to pay more attention to everything that happens and is possible in our immediate environment? For example, for agriculture, health care, nature, and the economy within an hour's walk. Recommended:  Smart Communities: Eco-Living Through Technology Opportunities: A Lot Is Already Happening In my immediate vicinity, Eefde and Zutphen, in The Netherlands, there are already many beautiful initiatives to join, which bring us closer to nature and together and reduces our footprint. Some examples: A basic income (a Zutphens initiative) would kick-start the creation of less stress from crowds. Farming together according to permaculture principles provides income and food for others / a biodiverse environment. You can harvest yourself at the permaculture market garden 'De Veldhof in Joppe.'  You can also find a lot of healthy food in nature. 'Pluk De Stad' visualized it for Zutphen, among others. In Zutphen, ' KratjeLokaal ' delivers local food to your door every week. As a self-employed person, you can work together in various contexts, such as 'The Zutphense Coopkracht.' It ensures that you do not have to do it all alone and that you are also entitled to 'work at home.' Perhaps we should replace the 'healthcare' sector with the social cohesion sector. When people feel seen, less care is proven to be needed. We are used to family living far away, having distant friends, and some closely. We are used to living in subcultures and without much contact with neighbors. There are often significant ideological differences between people on the street. That does not always make it easy. What if we meet each other automatically, for example, at the community garden or 'Animal Meadow Of Eefde? If we learn together, work together, will there be more understanding and mutual respect? And if people still need help despite their social embedding, this can simply come from the neighborhood with Buurtzorg or, for example, Help just home care, a cooperative of self-employed persons. Herbert Nijkamp's flock grazing grass fields and roadsides in Eefde. Children like to watch and play around the herd. Opening roadsides for adaptation is a first step in the municipality of Lochem. For example, no less than 3000 m2 of roadside was sown with flour mixture by all the neighbors of a street. In Zutphen, there are also green adoption projects such as the bee garden where people do yoga together, for example. We used to burn coal and wood, then oil and gas came, now we have learned to make energy from wind and sun. Let's take advantage of this, but after we cut back to the max, otherwise, there will be acres of land left. Choose a non-profit, local energy company. They consider energy saving of paramount importance—for example, ZutphenEnergie or LochemEnergie. You are as strong as your ecosystem, so make sure it is robust. De-stone, your garden, give space to flowers and insects. Participate in the construction and maintenance of nature in your area, ensure a lot of neighborhood greenery. Zutphen and Eefdese green initiatives are Emerpark, Gorsselse heather, biodiverse roadsides. It is a lot of fun to make your clothes. A permanent fabric shop can be found in Epse, 'Javro Fabric Market,' but (eco) fabrics are also for sale at the weekly market in Zutphen. There are also several good seamstresses, such as Radijsje in the Laarstraat. Besides, there are many second-hand clothing stores in Laarstraat that reduce the pressure on raw materials. The World: Locally And With Each Other Think in connection with this. You don't have to learn and do it all alone. There are many active people in your immediate environment. There are repair cafes to go to, the Zutphense Energy Shop with energy coaches, gardens where you are welcome on the 'Kaardebol.' There are also various active Facebook groups to join, such as: 'the Zussen van Zutphen' or 'Ruilen and Sell.' Multiple people are linked here. This also applies to the equally beautiful Zutphen initiative 'Buddy to Buddy', in which asylum seekers get a native buddy. They have been awarded the 'Appeltje van Oranje.' Queen Maxima from the Netherlands and members of 'Budy to Budy' receive the 'Appeltjes van Oranje reward It is possible in Zutphen and Eefde. So it can be done anywhere! By: Tjitske Ypma (on behalf of Stichting de Lynx) Before you go! Recommended:  Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about your community life? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
The corona crisis is making the world 'small,' and many people worry. For many years I - and many around me - have been tense about the future of humanity on our planet Earth. With a crisis like a drought in the Netherlands in 2018, but also in my environment: forest fires, tornadoes, and floods don't make my worries less. At the same time harrowing stories of refugees on and about the sea. Crisis What Crisis! I believe we should say goodbye to our current system, where the global economy is predominant. It ensures the exploitation of people, the depletion of natural resources on earth, and unimaginable animal suffering. But how? The film 'Economics Of Happiness' shows it nicely. It exposes how the Ladakhs in India had a great wealth of their own until roads were built, and multinationals made their appearance. People mirrored a fictional ideal and became unhappy. What did the Ladakhs do before that they were doing so well together? Things we can do here too? Recommended:  Consumerism In ‘The West’: A Society Built On Exploitation Far from the heat, noise, and chaos, atop India’s snow-capped mountains, I found peace. How did the Ladakhs live before the major roads in the 1980s? They grow their food in fields with an eye for the natural functioning of those fields, and the ecosystems. Working together is binding. Several generations meet in the area. Care for each other comes up close. They make their clothes, have their music and dance and history. They are proud, not of themselves, but each other. Everyone is seen. There is no competition. Our lives look very different. But what ideas can we draw from their example for our own lives? {youtube}                                                                      The Economics of Happiness  The World Is Full Of Opportunity: How Would Such A Life Look? Because of this Coronavirus period, we are suddenly much more at home. I noticed by the forced sitting at home that there is more rest among the children. Finally, there is time to make the crafts from the craft book, build the hut, or make the birdhouse. They learn fanatically in the morning and continue singing and playing throughout the day. What would it be like if the competition and performance pressure of the school system disappears, and we only learn for ourselves without comparing it with others? And also mainly learn other things? About ecosystems, about caring for each other, making music (own music but more than just the national anthem), about making clothes yourself, baking pots, weaving baskets? What would it be like if there was time for this? What would it be like if we produce food without loss of quality of soil and biodiversity? Wouldn't it be nice if we felt with every harvest that the earth would be better instead of worse? Isn't it useful to pay more attention to everything that happens and is possible in our immediate environment? For example, for agriculture, health care, nature, and the economy within an hour's walk. Recommended:  Smart Communities: Eco-Living Through Technology Opportunities: A Lot Is Already Happening In my immediate vicinity, Eefde and Zutphen, in The Netherlands, there are already many beautiful initiatives to join, which bring us closer to nature and together and reduces our footprint. Some examples: A basic income (a Zutphens initiative) would kick-start the creation of less stress from crowds. Farming together according to permaculture principles provides income and food for others / a biodiverse environment. You can harvest yourself at the permaculture market garden 'De Veldhof in Joppe.'  You can also find a lot of healthy food in nature. 'Pluk De Stad' visualized it for Zutphen, among others. In Zutphen, ' KratjeLokaal ' delivers local food to your door every week. As a self-employed person, you can work together in various contexts, such as 'The Zutphense Coopkracht.' It ensures that you do not have to do it all alone and that you are also entitled to 'work at home.' Perhaps we should replace the 'healthcare' sector with the social cohesion sector. When people feel seen, less care is proven to be needed. We are used to family living far away, having distant friends, and some closely. We are used to living in subcultures and without much contact with neighbors. There are often significant ideological differences between people on the street. That does not always make it easy. What if we meet each other automatically, for example, at the community garden or 'Animal Meadow Of Eefde? If we learn together, work together, will there be more understanding and mutual respect? And if people still need help despite their social embedding, this can simply come from the neighborhood with Buurtzorg or, for example, Help just home care, a cooperative of self-employed persons. Herbert Nijkamp's flock grazing grass fields and roadsides in Eefde. Children like to watch and play around the herd. Opening roadsides for adaptation is a first step in the municipality of Lochem. For example, no less than 3000 m2 of roadside was sown with flour mixture by all the neighbors of a street. In Zutphen, there are also green adoption projects such as the bee garden where people do yoga together, for example. We used to burn coal and wood, then oil and gas came, now we have learned to make energy from wind and sun. Let's take advantage of this, but after we cut back to the max, otherwise, there will be acres of land left. Choose a non-profit, local energy company. They consider energy saving of paramount importance—for example, ZutphenEnergie or LochemEnergie. You are as strong as your ecosystem, so make sure it is robust. De-stone, your garden, give space to flowers and insects. Participate in the construction and maintenance of nature in your area, ensure a lot of neighborhood greenery. Zutphen and Eefdese green initiatives are Emerpark, Gorsselse heather, biodiverse roadsides. It is a lot of fun to make your clothes. A permanent fabric shop can be found in Epse, 'Javro Fabric Market,' but (eco) fabrics are also for sale at the weekly market in Zutphen. There are also several good seamstresses, such as Radijsje in the Laarstraat. Besides, there are many second-hand clothing stores in Laarstraat that reduce the pressure on raw materials. The World: Locally And With Each Other Think in connection with this. You don't have to learn and do it all alone. There are many active people in your immediate environment. There are repair cafes to go to, the Zutphense Energy Shop with energy coaches, gardens where you are welcome on the 'Kaardebol.' There are also various active Facebook groups to join, such as: 'the Zussen van Zutphen' or 'Ruilen and Sell.' Multiple people are linked here. This also applies to the equally beautiful Zutphen initiative 'Buddy to Buddy', in which asylum seekers get a native buddy. They have been awarded the 'Appeltje van Oranje.' Queen Maxima from the Netherlands and members of 'Budy to Budy' receive the 'Appeltjes van Oranje reward It is possible in Zutphen and Eefde. So it can be done anywhere! By: Tjitske Ypma (on behalf of Stichting de Lynx) Before you go! Recommended:  Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about your community life? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Crisis What Crisis: The World Is full Of Opportunities
Community

A community is you and me. A network of social, economic, ecological, and many other relationships. We all work together and live in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Social sustainability is becoming increasingly important on our small planet. We define support, quality of life, development, adaptation, rights, and labor.

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We belong to a group of individuals - our society - in which we belong geographically. Certain environmental issues play an important role in our society. Here, sustainable solutions are sought, developed, and implemented. This may differ from societies in other countries. Still, because of our global environmental issues and dependence, we must learn to work more together to all benefit from sharing sustainable knowledge to tackle, for example, climate change.

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