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Munish , Aug, 08 2016

Year on Year the Earth overshoot day is coming in August and its a matter of shame!


Overshoot Day is basically this - except it's not just for fish but for all of nature's bounties put together. Each year, there's a finite amount of ecological goods and services that we can consume. If we don't overshoot i.e. if the Overshoot Day falls on 31 December, then we are a truly sustainable society.
Overshoot Day is basically this - except it's not just for fish but for all of nature's bounties put together. Each year, there's a finite amount of ecological goods and services that we can consume. If we don't overshoot i.e. if the Overshoot Day falls on 31 December, then we are a truly sustainable society.

Abhinav , Aug, 08 2016


According to the 2006 UN report The Long Shadow of Livestock, the meat industry is one of the most significant contributors to todays most serious environmental problems. Livestock are responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, 37% of methane and 65% of nitrous oxide emissions. These figures have been questioned because transportation of animals had not been fully factored in. Later figures scale this up but I have not quoted them since they come from environmental agencies and not neutral sources. The primary cause of deforestation in the Amazon is land clearance to grow cattle feed. The average cow will consume around 14 kilos of grain per day. Compare this to the amount of grain that could sustain humans and consider also that the only people buying beef are the wealthiest citizens on the planet. The CO2 emissions also contribute to global warming that then further endanger the agricultural capacities of developing countries. Finally, our own health is at risk from our meat heavy diet; heart disease is the leading cause of death in the developed world and that the cholesterol that causes it is found exclusively in animal products.
According to the 2006 UN report The Long Shadow of Livestock, the meat industry is one of the most significant contributors to todays most serious environmental problems. Livestock are responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, 37% of methane and 65% of nitrous oxide emissions. These figures h


aarth dhar , Aug, 08 2016


Our social structures, that harness responses within our brains to social input, are just as powerful as eat, survive and reproduce at their most basic level. Although they ultimately may lead to the basic instincts, they are at such a level of complexity as to make them independent for most people. What is required is the injection of a thought disease. Someone start a religion that says having a positive impact on the planet will get you to heaven. Hide some scrolls full of wisdoms like "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a polluter to enter the kingdom of heaven.", "whatsoever you do for the least of natures gifts, do you unto me", etc. Give it some guilt so no-one gets too cocky: "Hurt of the planet is bound up in the heart of a child." and a way to feel self-righteous with passages on those who use certain phones being worse than others. Might work, we dont know unless we try. I might find some undiscovered ancient scrolls in my shed tonight.
Our social structures, that harness responses within our brains to social input, are just as powerful as eat, survive and reproduce at their most basic level. Although they ultimately may lead to the basic instincts, they are at such a level of complexity as to make them independent for most people.


Sunaina , Aug, 08 2016


We need to focus on local systems for agriculture, employment, community and move away from city commute and supermarket living. We must reintroduce concept of local common land for orchards and vegetable growing. All energy must be locally supplied sustainable via wind, solar etc. Every garden must be an allotment for food. Every park must be a meadow. Every golf course must be reassigned for food. We must stop building cars which are not electric and we must ensure the electricity is supplied by solar or wind locally. Every house, office and school must be built on a zero carbon target with solar roofs, linked to a local wind turbine. Rain collectors will be needed for local irrigation. we must move from a lifestyle that demands 10 calories of fossil fuel energy to supply a single calorie of food.
We need to focus on local systems for agriculture, employment, community and move away from city commute and supermarket living. We must reintroduce concept of local common land for orchards and vegetable growing. All energy must be locally supplied sustainable via wind, solar etc. Every garden must


Paras , Aug, 08 2016


Our worst problem will be ensuring a sustainable water and food supply as we continue to lose huge amounts of cropland to record heat, record drought, decreasing annual runoff, increasing surface water evaporation, drying soils, and salinisation of soils, which together will rapidly increase the drawdown of remaining aquifers and eventually result in increasingly large areas of our planet becoming unable to continue to support large urban populations and an ever-increasing flow of desperate refugees out of those regions too, along with an ever-worsening great depression as many trillions of dollars of property value is destroyed due to a lack of food supply and water supply sustainability as costs to effectively deal with refugee flows rise too. What do you think that the chance is that government can rein-in the fossil fuel industry by 80% by 2030 or by 90% by 2035? Close to zero? Because if government cant rein-in the fossil fuel industry by 2035, by 2060 global average temperatures will rise by 3-4 degrees Celsius or by 5.4-7.2 degrees Fahrenheit, while temperatures in the Arctic rise by double that, resulting in an extinction level of natural methane being released there, along with a rapid rise of sea levels by as much as 6-10 meters by 2075 at the latest after the Greenland ice sheet melts.
Our worst problem will be ensuring a sustainable water and food supply as we continue to lose huge amounts of cropland to record heat, record drought, decreasing annual runoff, increasing surface water evaporation, drying soils, and salinisation of soils, which together will rapidly increase the dra


Manav garg , Aug, 08 2016


The outcome of this is going to be an epoch of resource wars and a large cull in human numbers. To a certain extent, this is already happening in Central Africa and in the Middle East where overpopulation, drought, poverty and religious fanaticism are combining in a deadly brew. Even the conflict in Gaza could worsen as it is essentially a resource struggle over gas, energy needed to power industry but also produce electricity and desalinate water. From Syria to South Sudan, from northern Nigeria to Chad and Egypt, conflict is being driven by higher food prices and fuel crises. The 21st century is going to see a large spike in human numbers followed by a decline in regions that can no longer support life unless birth control is made a priority. Unfortunately, a combination of religious dogmas and ethnic enmities in which higher birthrates are seen as a means to dominate could prevail.
The outcome of this is going to be an epoch of resource wars and a large cull in human numbers. To a certain extent, this is already happening in Central Africa and in the Middle East where overpopulation, drought, poverty and religious fanaticism are combining in a deadly brew. Even the conflict in