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Global Warming Misses The Point: The Way We Treat Ourselves When We Are Sick Reflects How We Want To Treat The Earth

If climate change indicates anything, it is that the planet is becoming a little sick. Understanding this framing changes the nature of how we should talk about climate change, because to talk about greenhouse gases (a symptom) as the main focus will not lead to a sustainable future.

This is a health article on the health of the Earth as a living unit. Some will abhor the tying of life to this gigantic ball of inorganic material, but nontheless this ball of matter spinning around the sun is the substrate for life itself. Just as there is no life without your body, there is no life without the Earth for humans (currently).

The mystics have said for thousands of years that what happens in the heavens also happens on the Earth. They summarized their point in a phrase, “As Above, So Below”. They wanted people to apply this philosophy to understand the bigger picture. In the interest of putting this discussion in the right frame to see it in, the folowing will consider the medical paradigm (described in tandem with the Third Way here 1) ) as we apply it “below” to individual humans, including the many dimensions of healthcare allopathic medicine ignnores. Then, we will view our collective humanity as looking “above” to treat the entire Earth. Parallels will be made to the medical system and its methods of treatment. Other parallels will be made on how to treat it better.

Just as we pointed out in another article 2), western society has adopted a medical system that treats the systems before the cause. This is really only of necessity during an emergency. When blood is spilling out of you, you treat that fucking symptom! It's a matter of life and death. But when its a yeast infection, high blood pressure, or a chronically bad back, perhaps just treating the symptom misses the bigger picture. 95% of the time you are going to see a doctor for non emergency reasons. What if we treated ourselves 95% of the time in a holistic manner, treating the source of the illness itself? We would find that we can vastly eliminate disease and disease cuasing agents in a powerful way. If we were serious about treating western medicine as emergency medicine and all forms of complimentary medicine for chronic and non emergency situations, our collective health would skyrocket. If someone came in with high blood pressure at age 42, it is not an emergency. If we had to work hard at finding the *cause* of the high blood pressure, and no the cause is not a lack of statin drugs, then by the time this 42 year old is 72, he would be a lot better off. So would the millions of others on statin drugs for blood pressure. Plus the millions of other patients being treated with emergency medicine for non emergencies.

Let us not forget, if we view antibiotics as emergency medicine, we can solve one of the biggest looming crises in the medical world today. The CDC calls the antibiotic resistance an “extremely dangerous” problem 3). This is not the concern of hippy New Agers who want to use flowers to treat their illnesses, this is everyone's problem. 25,000 people die from bacteria that have evolved past our drugs, and another 250,000 are hospitalized because of such antibiotic resistant infections 4). This number is beginning to rival the number of gun deaths in the United States (around 30,000 in 2010) 5), and now we know a big ass metaphorical automatic rifle is aimed direclty at humanity's weak immune systems.

Scientists are slowly but surely accepting the fact that plants have a place in antibiotic medicine, as this scientific journal reveals over 100 plants with antimicrobial properties against specific strains of bacteria 6). Lavender, Cinnamon bark, tea tree, oregano, and plenty of plants you have never heard of all contain anti bacterial action. The great thing about using a variety of plants to attack bad bacteria is that it is much more effective at destroying the bad bacteria without destroying all of the good bacteria. Antibiotic medicine is notorious for distrupting the billions of good bacteria cultures that exist in your gut, typically leading to chronic, systemic yeast infections 7). Not only that, but the library of available antimicrobial plants is growing and growing. The mechanism by which plants act upon bad bacteria is entirely different than antibiotic drugs. The plants produce volatile compounds generally known as aromatic compounds, and they produce a lot of them. No plant will produce the same amount and batches will have different amounts of specifics plant chemicals. Consider this and the possibility of combining different plants to get a complex array of compounds that fight bad bacteria. Antibiotics work on a different mechanism. Most work to destroy some intracellular function of the bad bacteria, for example the bacteria's mitochondria. It has a simple mechanism to disrupt (usually) one aspect of the mitochondrial process. This makes the simple bacterial evolution a very real possibility. Contrast this easy stepping stone to evolve towards antibiotic resistance with the complex, extremely wide variety of options with plant materials. It's a no brainer. Put away the drugs for the severe cases and let us use plants for the non severe cases. Who knows, perhaps we will find a number of killer plant combinations that work better than our most potent drugs!

The answers to our health crisis are not in more of the same. More drugs for heart disease, more drugs for blood pressure, more drugs for pre diabetes, more drugs for chronic pains and illnesses. Quite obviously, this is not the answer. It involves a multi dimensional approach, but most important of all, it brings the problem down to the individual and their lifestyle choices. The situation in regard to global warming is not much different.

Humans see a sick Earth. Some conditions are changing and life is seeing struggle and decline. Just as the majority of humanity treats their illnesses by treating the symptom more than the root cause, humans look up to the bigger world and do the same. Greenhouse gases are a symptom of a large, more dynamic process that is causing stress on the plant. We can try to “cap and trade” carbon, we can try to sequester carbon, we can try to eliminate carbon and other green house gases. so far that sounds as possible as controlling nature. controlling our daily actions is waaaaay easier to imagine. And its empowering.

Context Is Everything

It is important to put any and all things into context. Without the proper context, you cannot tell from the phrase “I'm a cowboy!” if the person in question is a young boy playing with a figurine of if it is a 25 year old trying out a new position with his wife. Context is everything.

In the Third Way Philosophy, typically a thinker compares and contrasts an overly polarized political argument and finds new dimensions to take into account. This creates three, four, and many more positions than the original warring two positions. This is the purpose of the Third Way.

However, sometimes the expansion into another dimension happens before you even need to begin investigating the microarguments from each side (see here8) and here 9) for more in depth look at the Third Way). This is the case with the discussion of Global Warming. Advocates of Global Warming have written books, created movies, collated scientific panels, wrote reports, pressured governments, and educated the public on the symptoms of Global Warming. Their solution is also mainly from the top down, an authority figure (like the doctor) prescribing medicine or a course of action to control the symptoms.

Considering the importance of context, it is amazing how few people put the Global Warming debate into a proper frame. Once anything becomes a political battle, it tends to get polarized into two opposing sides and the media presents it as war. But the context of Global Warming cannot be understated.

Usually the scientific community delivers news to the public in a monotone, whether it is talking about invertabrate animals or the continuation of life on the planet. This is a problem when they have to deliver news on the continuation of life. When scientists casually mention we are entering a sixth mass extinction event in our moment in history right now, this should be the framing for a whole host of discussion about humans and the environment, the least of which is global warming.

Scientists began looking at the fossil record and the rate of extinction of each kind of animal; amphibian, mammal, etc. Their results were rather consistent across the board and indictative of a massive extinction steamrolling forward. Every kind of animal was showing an increase in percentage of extinctions 10). Not only that, but we are aware of literally thousands of species of animals who are close to extinction. When you consider the number of animals that are in danger of extinction, the next 50 years does not bode well for species diversity.

Science believes the fossil record shows 5 mass extinction events. The last one was 66 million years ago. The one before that was 201 million years ago. All of them seem to involve some significant changes happening to the Earth. Whether it was volcanic activity, an asteroid impact, or changes in the temperature and climate, the Earth and life itself struggled for existence during these times. Between the first 5 extinctions, it is believed that anywhere from 79% to 97% of life was wiped from the planet ( see each individual extinction event http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/dinosaurs-other-extinct-creatures/mass-extinctions/index.html))

The fact that we are entering one now makes this period in time important beyond belief. Life was always threatened to total extinction in these events, but life is also incredibly diverse and resilient. When talking about Global Warming, it's important to begin with the understanding that life on the planet is facing stresses that threaten life as we know it. Man was obviously not around during the first 5 mass extinction, so no we are not the presumed cause of the coming mass extinction. Should there be solid evidence that we are causing something that leads to extinction, we shouldn't assume that just because we weren't the central cause back then, we aren't the central cause now.

Life Happens In A Bink Of An Eye (For Us)

The next important context clue is one that scientists understand well. Like we saw in the Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham debate 11), scientists love to pound home to Young Earth Creationists that life on this planet moves SLOWLY. 10,000 years is more or less the claim from YECs of how old the Earth is now. Scientists jump all over this to point out ice age cycles that are thousands and thousands of years apart. Evolution takes thousands and thousands of years to actually occur. The extinction events of this planet are separated by tens of millions of years.

The influence of humans on the climate is undeniable, its the degree to which we effect that environment that is up for debate. The reality is that we are affecting the global climate over YEARS and DECADES of collective action. The reason why a scientists statement on entering the 6th mass extinction event falls on deaf ears is precisely because of this. We are *entering* the 6th mass extinction event. That event could last hundreds of thousands of years, as the volcanic eruptions of the Permian extinction event saw 12).

Global Emergency? Kinda...

It will be confusing for some who think in very black in white terms. If emergency medicine is for emergencies, isn't the globe entering an emergency situation called a mass extinction event?

Yes, the planet is entering an emergency situation. But it is not unlike you eating too much junk food every day. Should you do that for years and years more, you are also entering an emergency situation with your health. But the emergency isn't going to emerge as an emergency next year. Its going to unfold over decades and centuries. Because we operate on the second, our rating for what constitutes an emergency usually needs to be with the second/minute/hour range. Yes, the planet is in emergency, but we can take non emergency actions becuase we live in a different experience of time.

Global Warming Advocates Are Framing The Conversation Too Narrowly

Let us consider the many ways we as humans adversely effect the environment. This is a pretty easy task; you just need to think about something you use or do in a given day and it probably has adverse effects. The following will try to include the most obvious and self evident facts so as not to muddy the waters.

Your Typical Apocalyptic Day

Here is your day with the information about how your actions directly contribute to a sick Earth.

  • Your Bed

You wake up in the morning and shake off the sleepy seeds. You step out of bed and slumber towards the hot shower. Little do you know that your mattress is a bane of existence in the landfill. Mattresses do not decompose well and take up large amounts of space in our waste areas 13). If 500 million people sleep on a bed at night, and those beds are replaced every 20 years, then every century we will have accumulated 50 billion beds in our landfills. We plan to live much longer than just 100 years. If humanity is here for one thousand years more, that is 500 billion beds filling up wasted space.

The cotton in your pajamas and in your sheets, pillow and pillow case is an environmental kidney punch to the planet. Cotton is considered one of the most heavily sprayed crops with pesticides. A common pesticide used for cotton, Aldicarb, is deadly to humans with barely a drop of exposure. Almost half of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton are likely cancer causing, according to the EPA. For every 16 ounces of cotton grown, around 5 ounces of pesticides are used. Over 2 billion pounds of pesticide are applied on cotton crops annually 14). Humans are known to be affected by pesticide use for a variety of illnesses, including cancer, brain effects, and reproduction issues 15). Other non target organisms are affected by pesticide use, particularly organisms that require water. Pesticides enter the ground water and anything down stream can experience the deleterious effects of pesticide use. And cotton is only the 3rd most heavily sprayed crop, behind corn and soy 16). Human made chemicals, of which pesticides and herbicides are some of the most residual non biodegradable we know, adversely affect aquatic and small animal life, threatening their ability to reproduce effectively. This is one cause of an increase in extinction or the path that get's us there.

  • The Bathroom

You enter the shower and begin to soap up. The environmental cost is present immediately, as you are using common antibacterial soap. Is it an emergency? Is the chemical you are using in the soap going to become the stepping stone for resistance in the future?

Now you are on to washing your hair. Perhaps it's Herbal Essences, perhaps is whatever was cheapest at the drugstore. Either way, you are most likely introducing chemicals that help make your hair shiny and smooth and simultaneously lead to the death and illness of organisms down the road. In Chicago, scientists are finding a chemical called cyclic siloxanes in the air around the city in high concentrations. They already know it will be adversely affecting smaller organisms who cannot handle the concentration 17). Chicago isn't the only concern, however, because the U.S. as a country purchases around half a billion pounds of cyclo siloxanes.

Perhaps the shampoo you are using contains parabens, a common preservative 18). If so, parabens mimic the estrogen hormone for females and can wreak havoc on any organism's internal hormone regulation, human or otherwise.

If it has artifical flavors and scents, its almost guaranteed to contain phthalates. Phthalates help make things plastic and they stick around in the environment without biodegrading. They are also an hormone disruptor. Fish exposed to the phthalate chemical showed significant problems with reproduction, including underdeveloped sexual organs (i.e. a threat to future existence) 19).

Perhaps your shampoo or conditioner has Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) in its ingredients. This is probably the case because SLS is a key compound for producing foaminess, just want any person wants while washing their hair. Of course, surfactants like SLS and its cousin chemicals do not biodegrade if they enter the environment and they are known to cause irritations, DNA mutations, cancer, endocrine disruption and more 20). More threats to life on this planet.

Your anti perspirant probably contains aluminum, the third most abundant element on earth. The process of getting aluminum out of the Earth, however, is environmentally taxing. Toxic sludge is produced in the process, contaiminating the surrounding water table for the entire ecosystem. The processing of aluminum produces perfluorocarbons, which according to the EPA, is a gargantuan 9,200 times more dangerous than CO2 as a greenhouse gas 21). This is aluminum we are talking about here…and aluminum is in a ton of things!

There a number other personal care related chemicals that cause numerous problems as we use them for ourselves and other life, but this should make the point just as clearly.

  • Driving To Work

This is a no brainer. Fossil Fuels represent a finite resource, and no matter what politicians like Joe Barton say about alternatives 22), there are abundant options of renewable resources available. Cars are driven by tens of millions of people everyday, and forget the idea of greenhouse gases for a minute. Just the pollutants that trucks and cars put into the environment is staggering, comprising almost 1/3 of all air pollution 23). Cities like Los Angeles and Mexico City have immediate problems with gasoline and diesel fueled air pollution. Mexico City sees almost 1,000 human deaths a year from the pollution alone 24). If these trends don't reverse, we will be polluting the air not just for our cities, but for the surrounding life beyond the cities, furthering the process of species extinction.

The car tires are another biggie. If you try to burn them, they can release more than 50 harmful compounds into the air 25). If you try to pile them up in landfills, they take up space and provide awesome breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The longer they sit in landfills, the more they leach chemicals into the ground and eventually the water system within the ground 26). There is no getting rid of them, especially when you consider that we produce 50,000,000 cars annually 27). Each one of those cars has four tires, for a total of 200,000,000 tires just for the new ones pumped out *every year*. There are billions and billions of tires sitting in landfills, waiting to be burned or collecting mosquito water.

Cars are a great piece of engineering, but don't we only drive them for 10-30 years? We need to account for the plastic and other materials found inside the car. Incredibly, the automotive industry has already seen the value in recycling its parts, remilling its steel and aluminum, and so on that it recycles around 4/5th of all the materials put into cars. This is quite an accomplishment…except when you consider a typical car is 2,000 lbs… and every year we produce 50 million cars. Only 80% will be recycled 28). That leaves 10 million cars and their materials weighing approximately 20 billion pounds to be dumped in a place that it stands no chance of “returning” to the Earth in any meaningful way.

  • Working At The Office

You go to work and plop down at your desk to get started with a nice beef and egg sandwich that you packed for breakfast. Your chair is made of wood, the desk is made of wood, the floor in the hallway is wood, and the interior walls, window sills, and trims are all wood. Most of the furniture in your office has wood components. All the paper your company uses comes from wood. Hell, all the paper ANYBODY uses comes from wood. Where would we be without wood?

Deforestation is a real concern but it is not solely fueled by the desire for wood products. Many of us live in places where we can have locally sourced wood, and it is much more likely that your neighbor is not going to clear cut his land because that would put him out of business. But you still have to do your due diligence, and the reality is that the majority of those furniture products come from clear cutting operations, unless specifically labeled otherwise.

The beef you are eating in your breakfast sandwich has a high chance of connection to the clear cutting of the Amazon rain forest. Farmers see too many dollar signs when they can grow cash crops like soybeans, and they are cutting down large swaths of the Amazon to grow soy. Brazil is seeing the rate of soy production increase around 14% annually and the land that makes up that new 14% is typically Amazon rain forest 29). The reason soy is so heavily farmed? Mostly because it can be fed to cows for meat production as a cheaper grain than others available. The United States has been slowing down it's soy production, and you can be damn sure most of the meat you buy in the grocery store comes from Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) which feed their animals corn and soy. So even if your beef isn't directly related to the deforesting of a great rain forest, it's guilty by association.

Beef farming in America? Please, you do not want me to go there. CAFOs are the norm and they are uncomfortable just to think about. Mega farms that have 10,000 or more cows packed into as little land as possible. The cows have no actual life as it could be defined by a cow. They don't eat grass, which is what they are designed to eat, and they don't get to raise their cattle, and oh wait, they don't even get to MOVE their bodies much at all 30). Whether they are confined to a dog house prison or a collective jail, either way they leave without room barely to breathe and their entire life is built towards production. Hormones are injected into the cows to simulate a natural bovine hormone to produce more milk. They receive more milk, but htey also get cows with ill health, from utter diseases to bone failures and chronic bacterial infections. The concentration of so many animals in one place produces tons of sewage with no where to go, so it is many times pooled off site or dumped into the water system. The industry calls these sewage pools “lagoons” and they can just sit there waiting for disaster to strike. Which is exactly what happened in North Carolina after a hurricane, when 47 of these lagoons burst open and contaminated houses and drinking water for a large number of people and other living organisms 31). A contaminated water system effects all nearby organisms. Fish can die off in huge numbers if the waste limits the oxygen count in the water 32). The fact is, cattle raising on CAFOs represent a significant amount of harm done to the planet and the ecosystem in a number of ways, and your beef sandwich, unless labeled otherwise, is the very thing that drives all of this sickness in the first place.

Deforestation is at the heart of a sick Earth because over 80% of our planet's biodiversity exists within our forests, and fortunately for us forests still make up about 30% of dry land. 33) Around 13.7 million hectares of forest is lost to being chopped down and only half is returned by intentional planting 34). Since no one uses hectares much, I will convert that to acres, which is around 33,000,000 acres. The entire United States has about 700,000 million acres of forest 35). As one can see, even if we are only chipping away millions of acres in the U.S. every year, those 700 million acres can disappear within a couple generations. The United States almost looks awesome in comparision to other countries, as our “oh-shit-we-are-going-to-run-out-of-trees-eventually” moment happened almost two centuries ago and our forest numbers have been stabilizing 36). Countries in Asia and Africa have experienced 90% reduction of forest levels 37).

It goes without saying, the necessity of strong, densely populated forests teeming with biodiverse wild life. They are the ingesters of our carbon dioxide and comprise the backbone of abundant life on this planet…and your work morning during breakfast contriubutes mightily towards its destruction.

  • Lunch

Your boss says let's get some work done over lunch so we can go home early and you order sushi for delivery. That's fantastic, who doesn't like sushi? The ocean, that's who. Overfishing has been a problem since humanity grew into its industrial outfit. The ocean used to be plentiful with fish; now we think the ocean fish population has been reduced by 90% 38). Bluefin Tuna is a popular favorite, but it's total number have seen a 96% reduction, putting it into a very dangerous position 39). Population of Atlantic Salmon have been so low for over a century that hatcheries and farms have been keeping the species afloat. They use to populate hundreds of American rivers every year, and now they are mainly concentrated in Maine where they share endangered species status 40). Unfortunately, some fish operations just aren't getting it and they are fishing deeper and exploiting more and more. Some fish operation catch non target marine animals to the tune of 80% and then throw all of them back 41). Usually they are dead by then.

The shrimping business is notorious for trawling for anything that moves from the sea floor up. They destroy the marine ecology, scoop out tons of endangered species, remove them from the ocean (effectively killing them), and then dump what they don't want to keep 42).

Here's a question for some to chew on; what happens to all the OTHER organisms that eat fish? We are causing deep damage to the marine ecosystem and stressing the other parts that depend on medium to large sized fish. Maybe sushi wasn't a good idea.

What of the plastic containers that the sushi came in? What of the plastic bags? Many people has now heard of the Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean 43), where anywhere from 0.4% to 8% of the Pacific Ocean is saturated in plastic in slowly biodegrading forms, mostly too small to be visible. So now we have our trash and plastic slowly accuulating along current lines in the ocean. The effect of micro plastics on marine life is largely unknown 44).

  • Heading Home For Dinner

Your boss doesn't lie and your home before 4:30. Time to do some laundry before your partner gets home for dinner.

Laundry soap is the most pernicious of household chemicals that lead to the illness of the living ecosystem we call Life. While slowly being banned, laundry soap's chemical persona non grata is phospates. These eventually get into the ground water and feed algae to the point of an algae takeover in the water systems. Algae then take up the oxygen in the water and threaten the existence of aquatic life that requires oxygen 45).

Beyond phosphates are our perennial winner, the horomone disrupting chemical known as phthalates. At least those are banned in some countries.

You have a few beers and your partner comes home for dinner. Corn on the cob and barbeque skewers. Your beer and the corn, unless you purchased intentionally otherwise, probably comes from US government subsidized corn fields. They may possibly be genetically modified. The US government subsidies corn to the tune of 25 billion dollars annually 46), although it changes with each farm bill. What would the populace do without a cheap sweetener and cheap filler in processed goods?

It seems killing a planet is tiring business, at least when you have to be present all the time.

Treating the Source, Not The Symptom

That was an exhausting look at a typical day. Every little thing we do or own connects with our bigger world around us. These connections are the sources to the problem. From breakfast to dinner there were ethical breaches on the plate. There were problems to create the furniture, get to work, wash your clothes, hair and body, and where to throw it all out. All of these can be changed.

The source of the problem was our lack of awareness and respect towards the Earth on which we live. Change that perspective an all sorts of little actions can change, some without much effort at all!

We Are Separate From You (And We Are Toddlers)

These are behaviors rooted in a unified consciousness; humans are separate from nature and in a juvenile stage of development. We throw things in the corner the way a very young person might think that's a good idea if they weren't presented with anything better. Indeed, nature is designed to compost and reuse everything it produces, so at one point in time humans could just throw “trash” in the corner. If it came from nature, you gave it back to nature. Nature was all around. We continually pollute because their is no one stopping us, behavior that is also consistent with someone around the age of a toddler. Young people need to be continually reminded where boundaries exist as we interact with the outside world. Humans collectively fit this description. If no one was around to say differently, a toddler could think it was a good idea to fill a room with soapy water because it sounds fun, with completely disregard for the future of the room. When we build atomic weapons and then use them, we show the same level of development.

Outside is In And Inside Is Out

We are also separate from nature, but this could simply be a collective perception that can be changed easier than you think. It's the reason why we live in our homes that shelter us from nature and call it “inside”. One would think being a part of nature would lend to you call living in nature “inside” and living away from nature, i.e. within a shelter, “outside”. This gives away our true orientation to the world. It is probably better for all organisms involved if we tried really hard to see ourselves *in* nature and a part of nature and not separate.

Your Revolutionary Day

Now let us see what your day could actually be like if we took a look at each, minute action we take during the day and consider a non harmful alternative. As a young species, we as humans need to learn that our everyday actions are affecting others around us, most notably the larger web of life itself! With a more mature approach, here is how your apocalyptic day can become a revolutionary day with simple changes in how we interface with our world.

  • Morning

You wake up in the morning on your organic cotton sheets and pillows. Your mattress is made of hemp based materials that biodegrade within a reasonable time frame. You step into your hot shower and use baking soda (the shampoo) and apple cider vinegar (the conditioner) in your hair. These natural chemicals do not harm the water table or threaten outside species should it mix with ground water. There pH levels balance each other out. And they work quite well! You use Dr. Bronner's saponified coconut and olive oil liquid soap. It contains nothing outside of nature and nothing harmful to other species.

  • Breakfast

Your beef, bacon and egg breakfast is awesome. The beef comes from a Sustainable Pasture Operation (SPO) rather than a Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO). SPOs take the missing aspect of respecting LIFE that we see in CAFOs and returns it. Cows feed on grass in open spaces, receive antibiotics only when they need them, are given room to live in a non degrading manner, and they are not pumped with hormones. The same is more or less true for the bacon and the eggs. Pastured animals are eating more varieties and more natural things. Despite the insistent labels, chickens are not supposed to be on vegetarian diets and they happily eat insects out of the ground. SPOs allow this to happen. Pigs can eat our leftover food, saving tons in methane gas production and simply food inefficiency 47). Water pollution is eradicated and manure becomes more manageable. All in all it is the perfect antidote to the old system.

  • Going To Work

You ride to work sometimes with a buddy who has a diesel converted “greasel” engine, which runs on oil waste from the restaurant business. Other times you take a bike because it is only 8 miles away. Your health, your pocketbook, and the Earth are all beaming bright at the start of this day!

  • Lunch

Your lunch is delivered in hemp boxes that biodegrade. Chicken salad and potatoes, all locally sourced and the chickens are from SPOs. All the furniture and office materials are made from either certified sustainable wood products or hemp products.

  • Laundry

You go home and use baking soda and dr. bronner's for your laundry soap. No harm done to the environment. Indeed, within your home cleaning system is baking soda, vinegar, Dr. Bronner's, and a bevvy of plant essential oils. All of these do not harm the environment.

  • Dinner

Dinner is corn on the cob and barbeque. This time the corn is purchased from a farmer who is restoring his formerly monocrop farm into a ecologically sustainable, rotating mix of crops. He has understood the importance of soil being healthy for the food being healthy and he is taking care of his operation from the dirt up.

Your leftovers are scraped into a compost bin. Since you live in Portland, Oregon, your town is awesome and actually collects food waste and distributes it to farmers 48). You generated no long term waste during your day today.

What a difference there is when you act intentionally!

What Is Needed To Make The Revolutionary Day A Reality

Not much is needed for this to occur in reality. Baking soda, vinegar, and plant essential oils are already on the market and available to use at comparable prices to the industrial products that cause harm. Changing your transportation could be tricky but there are things like carpooling that help way more than you realize. SPOs are growing more and more as people want their animals they eat to be raised in the most normal of conditions.

The MAIN thing assumed in the Revolutionary Day was the government ended its multi billion dollar subsidies of corn and subsidized hemp growing instead. Hemp can replace most wood products, the obvious being paper products. It can also be used for a wide range of things, including but not limited to hemp plastics, hemp cardboard, hemp cement, textiles, fabric, food, fuel and medicine. This is a subject for another time, but is this really THAT unlikely? Corn and high fructose corn syrup are very low on the popularity pole, and cannabis is on the rise. Keep an eye out for this one.

The amazing thing is that our day is replete with common, unconscious actions that harm the environment. We can talk about noticing the atmosphere changing all we want, but right in front of us, before our very eyes, are the answers to the source of the atmospheric problems. If we can have the common man mature his relationship with nature; nay, actually HAVE a relationship with nature, we can expect to see the factories and industry that lack the respect of nature to fall.

Broaden The Discussion, Change Our Perspective, One Step At A Time

When considering global warming, the topic of conversation focuses on mainly one thing; greenhouse gases. Why do we do that? As the above has shown, there are a multitude of things that are leading to the life on this planet being “ill”. Greenhouse gases are like the high blood pressure signal that something is wrong. We would be better off seeing what caused the greenhouse gases (the blood pressure) and work with those aspects rather than just artificially lowering the greenhouse gases. There is a ton of bad actions that lead to the resulting greenhouse gas imbalance. We can chose to cap and trade or we can change our actions.

Perhaps this also is apart of humanity's very young development. We like to put things into black and white options because it is easier for us. Greenhouse gases seem like the main point to talk about so we focus on them. But the entire picture is not painted before us when the debate ensues. We lose the bigger picture, the context from which the information comes from, and we come up with arguments and solutions that won't actually solve the problem.

The funny thing is that our simple actions are so much easier to change than our attempts to control greenhouse gases. When will we learn?

We can talk about global warming all we want but real change won't occur if we focus solely on greenhouse gases. If we focus on the fact that the planet is under distress and the reasons for it, we are addressing the source of the issue and our likelihood of coming up with a real solution increases greatly. True, people will have to fundamentally change the way they orient themselves towards the world. True, this will not be easy. How else are we going to do it? One step at a time and one perspective at a time.

Oh, and if Bill Gates and his friends could get their shit together and invest in real solutions, that would help, too.

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