Among the most difficult facets of change we have to confront is our strategy to the planet’s natural resources. They’ll run out till we change our consumption patterns. We’ve consumed all the planet’s resources in the past 60 years than in our previous history that is known.
The International Energy Agency recently published its World Energy perspective at a demonstration to the media in London on 9 November 2011. A few of the more worrying trends are the economic concerns of individual nations have redirected attention from renewable energy policies. They’re viewed by some as unpopular and expensive ignoring the long-term situation that’s that unbridled exploitation of the earths resources will eventually indicate that they run out! Why is it a species which believes itself the smartest on Earth can act in ways which are definitely not in its own long-term self interest? To realize we’re threatening our very own survival nevertheless continue with the most activities that trigger the issue is nothing short of insanity.
Even in the amount of 7 billion people, we constitute less than 1 percent of those worlds biomass of creatures. Such a little fragment shouldn’t be a danger to the entire biosphere however we’re. Man made CO2 emissions have rebounded to a record high and spending on petroleum imports is also close to record highs.
How can we arrive now? The Industrial revolution with its creations from simple tools to complex machines together with improvements in the chemical sector shifted our lifestyle from the mid 1800’s onwards from labor intensive agricultural established societies into large scale production and information societies. It has brought us many benefits but also produced a culture which relies on consistent ingestion of finite world funds to maintain its momentum going. Equating our own value with ingestion of material goods was purposely fuelled by advertisements and business and is still regarded as a sign of social standing. . .the most recent cars. . .the latest trend etc..
The disposal and consume cycle of contemporary life depends heavily on promoting new products and producing others outdated. Billions are spent yearly in subtle and not so subtle ways telling us that our self value equals our possession of the most recent stuff. In wealthier states people consume not just what they want but more than they could utilize. In weaker and developing nations people aspire to stay at the way they view that the wealthier states doing. The wealthy (roughly 20 percent of the international population) use near 80 percent of the planet’s raw energy sources and contribute the dinosaurs share to the world’s pollution and waste.
Half of the planet’s forests have vanished. 25 percent of these coral reefs are now gone. Species extinction especially of our planet fish inventory increases at astonishing rates hastened by non sustainable levels of fishing, habitat destruction (dead zones) and climate change.
The intake curve in China, the upcoming major developing nation, is rising. If Chinese people were to eat the identical quantity of meat per individual as Americans do, they’d need two thirds of the worlds present yearly grain production to feed their herds. If they had been to burn coal in the current US amount per individual, they’d use more coal in one year than the planet’s entire yearly coal production. And when they were to use oil in precisely the exact same pace, they’d use more oil per annum compared to the world now produces.
Both India and coming behind it, Africa seem to follow in China’s footsteps emulating the western lifestyle and dietary customs. The issue with this is the planet’s resources are exercising. The ones which are nevertheless there are less accessible and the probability of environmental disaster from the extraction procedure (believe heavy sea drilling) are much greater. There’s currently an unsustainable connection between the individual species and Mother Nature. Our present lifestyle has diminished the environmental balance.
Chemically bolstered mechanised agriculture raises the return per acre but also raises the growth of algae which chokes lakes and waterways. Compounds used as powerful pesticides toxin whole insect and bird populations. We inject greater than 100,000 chemical compounds to the atmosphere,land, seas and rivers; dump millions of tonnes of sludge and solid waste to the seas then wonder why our fertility levels have diminished and our kids suffer all kinds of allergies and chemical sensitivities.