Scientists, activists and even politicians are warning that the human race is consuming more resources, and at a faster rate than the earth can supply. A plea made by 1500 scientists in November 1992, counting among them many Nobel Laureates, sums it up:
“We must recognise the earth’s limited capacity to provide for us. We must recognise it’s fragility. We must no longer allow it to be ravaged. This ethic must motivate a great movement, convince reluctant leaders and reluctant governments and reluctant peoples themselves to effect the needed changes.”
Regardless of where you stand on the issue of sustainability, I believe that the following facts will convince even the greatest sceptic around that action is needed.
The World Today
The world population today is bigger than ever in the known history of the earth, gaining roughly a billion people every 11 years. As a result, every resource available to mankind is coming under pressure in some way or another.
Non-renewable energy sources are declining with no immediate alternative solutions in place – at least not on the scale that we need them, should we expect to continue using energy at the rate that we currently do.
Because of the ever-increasing population, urbanisation is putting pressure on farm land and the capacity to produce food.
Consumption levels are also on the rise world wide as we succumb to a culture of consumerism, putting pressure on the resources needed to produce them, and also polluting the environment when these ‘products of mass production’ end up in the land-fills and other rubbish dumps around the world.
Add to this picture the current decline in fresh water and the picture doesn’t get any brighter. I can still go on, but I think you get the point by now. These are facts that can hardly be disputed or wished away.
As a result of this, we have in recent years been bombarded with concepts like sustainability, organic, biodiversity and green-, well basically green everything as authorities, companies, scientists and activists are trying to get the attention of you and me.
Unfortunately these concepts often remain just that and does not really make it through the door of boardrooms, lecture halls or the pages of newsletters and/or articles.
Well, going forward there’s good news and there’s bad news: The bad news is that we find ourselves in this predicament because of humans. The good news is that a great deal of this can be fixed by, you guessed it, humans – you and I and the next person.
By changing our habits, expectations, systems, processes and products I do believe that we can ensure a future for our children and our children’s children.
Why All About Going Green?
All About Going Green aims to de-mistify the terminology surrounding the topic of green living so that ordinary folk, like you and me, can understand what it is all about. More importantly, however, that we can understand how and where we can make a change.
We show you what to do, we tell you why it is a good idea to do it and we show you how to green-up your life.
At All About Goig Green you will also get to update your jargon on anything and everything green. Jip, no more going ‘Ugh?’ when the conversation turns green. We challenge you to learn, explore and please share your ideas and thoughts with us.
Think Green Living is hard?
If you believe, like Kermit the Frog, that it’s not easy being green, I’m hoping that you will change your mind once you become a regular visitor at All About Going Green, join us on facebook or follow us on Twitter.
The posts will give you easy, practical, do-able projects to start greening your life. We cover a wide range of topics, so you can start in the area where you feel confident and work your way up from there.
It can be done and some of the changes will be easier than you think. Start today and if nothing more, start by reading a couple of blogs and changing the way you think about these matters. If you want to change anything, you first have to change your thinking.
Join in and let’s start greening together.