Whilst the world focuses on the hot issue of climate change, earth's natural systems continue to be desecrated in many other ways, with the culprit being humanity’s poorly designed social systems. Even though some people believe, including academics and laymen alike, that human-induced global warming is not necessarily what’s it’s been made out to be, there is no doubt that humans are having a substantial negative impact on the planet’s ecosystems.
At present, the ‘climate change’ debate focuses on the greenhouse gases, particularly CO2, that are being released into the atmosphere, causing the planet to slowly warm. This is alleged to be in direct consequence of our energy and transportation sectors. The elephant, or should I say the cow in the room, that has garnered very little attention in the mainstream narrative is that one of the biggest contributors to CO2 emissions comes from the animal agriculture industry.
As noted on the Cowspiracy website:
“Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.”
This fact wasn’t even mentioned at the climate change conference that was recently held in Paris. In fact, even the Godfather of climate change, former NASA scientist James Hansen, believes this summit was pointless. As illustrated in an article by The Guardian:
“It’s a fraud really, a fake,” he says, rubbing his head. “It’s just bullshit for them to say: ‘We’ll have a 2C warming target and then try to do a little better every five years.’ It’s just worthless words. There is no action, just promises. As long as fossil fuels appear to be the cheapest fuels out there, they will be continued to be burned”.
This is synonymous to a report recently released by Local Futures, called “Climate Change or System Change?” On their website, they state that:
“In this paper we argue that globalization – that is, the deregulation of trade and finance through an ongoing series of “free trade” treaties – is the driving force behind climate change. As a result, the climate problem can only be tackled effectively if governments stop subsidizing globalization, and begin pursuing a localization agenda instead.
Although the media has described the agreement negotiated in Paris as “historic”, the unfortunate fact is that the root causes of climate change – and the most effective steps to reduce CO2 emissions – were never discussed in Paris.
Nevertheless, more and more people are waking up to the fact that our current corporate-driven economic model is responsible for much of the destruction being inflicted on both people and the planet. It is up to civil society to lead the debate and keep the pressure on governments to change the system behind not only climate change, but the many other crises we face”.
Furthermore, an article by Climate Depot declared that:
“A team of prominent scientists gathered in Texas today at a climate summit to declare that fears of man-made global warming were “irrational” and “based on nonsense” that “had nothing to do with science.” They warned that “we are being led down a false path” by the upcoming UN climate summit in Paris”.
Clearly the Paris climate show is not speaking to the beliefs of all scientists. For example, in terms of the supposed 97% consensus among scientists that the Earth is indeed warming due to humans, an article posted at Forbes states that:
“Global warming alarmists and their allies in the liberal media have been caught doctoring the results of a widely cited paper asserting there is a 97-percent scientific consensus regarding human-caused global warming. After taking a closer look at the paper, investigative journalists report the authors’ claims of a 97-percent consensus relied on the authors misclassifying the papers of some of the world’s most prominent global warming skeptics. At the same time, the authors deliberately presented a meaningless survey question so they could twist the responses to fit their own preconceived global warming alarmism”.
Another article by Natural News clarifies that:
“The 97% consensus claim is total science FRAUD based on selective editing of the survey data”.
Regardless of how much the planet is warming and how much of that is attributed to man-made activity, it is well-known in alternative media and progressive mindsets that the climate change agenda is suspected to be a tool used by the shadow government for implementing their goal of a global order. For example, the chief business adviser to the ex-Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, stated in a May 2015 article for The Australian that:
“It’s about a new world order under the control of the UN. It is opposed to capitalism and freedom and has made environmental catastrophism a household topic to achieve its objective”.
Given the high-profile position of this source, his claims need to be given the appropriate consideration and investigation. Yet, regardless of the validity of this claim, as well as the validity of the ‘global warming science’, the fact remains that humans are definitely damaging the natural systems of earth at an unprecedented rate.
The Sixth Greatest Extinction is Already Here
In an article published at Science Alert, titled “It’s official: scientists say we're entering Earth's sixth mass extinction”, it refers to a scientific study that shows even at the most conservative estimates that species on planet earth are being extinguished 15-100 times the normal estimates:
"[The study] shows without any significant doubt that we are now entering the sixth great mass extinction event," one of the researchers, Paul Ehrlich from Stanford University in the US, said in a press release. Even worse, the research shows that we triggered the event ourselves.
In a Collective Evolution article, it is indicated that:
“Another alarming point outlined in the study is the fact that the number of vertebrate species that have gone extinct in the last century would normally have taken 800 to 10,000 years to disappear, according to natural extinction rates”.
In a National Geographic article titled 'Will Humans Survive the Sixth Great Extinction?', it states that:
“In the last half-billion years, life on Earth has been nearly wiped out five times – by such things as climate change, an intense ice age, volcanoes, and that space rock that smashed into the Gulf of Mexico 65 million years ago, obliterating the dinosaurs and a bunch of other species. These events are known as the Big Five mass extinctions, and all signs suggest we are now on the precipice of a sixth. Except this time, we have no one but ourselves to blame.
Therefore, the impacts of our actions alone might one day be compared to a comet crashing into our planet.
What about Deforestation, Ocean Acidification and Desertification?
This LiveScience article claims that:
“Deforestation is the permanent destruction of forests in order to make the land available for other uses. An estimated 18 million acres (7.3 million hectares) of forest, which is roughly the size of the country of Panama, are lost each year, according to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
In a Scientific American article, it cites that deforestation is on the rise:
“Despite increased public awareness of the importance of tropical rainforests, deforestation rates are actually on the rise, mostly due to activities such as commercial logging, agriculture, cattle ranching, dam-building and mining, but also due to subsistence agriculture and collection of fuel wood.
Deforestation can increase tropical disease, as stated in this article:
“The emergence of tropical diseases and outbreaks of new diseases, including nasty hemorrhagic fevers like ebola and lassa fever, are a subtle but serious impact of deforestation”.
And then this article found at Science Heathen states that:
“Over half of the world’s forests have been destroyed in the last 10,000 or so years — the majority of this loss has occurred in just the last 50 years, occurring simultaneously with a massive increase in the human population. The incredible scale of this loss has led to significant changes throughout many parts of the world, and in recent years these changes have been accelerating. These changes include: large-scale extinction events, desertification, climatic changes, topsoil loss, flooding, famine, disease outbreaks, and insect ‘plagues’ — among others.
Deforestation has been the cause of a truly massive number of species extinctions in modern times and historical times. Even when the originally deforested area is over time reforested, it always lacks the large biodiversity of its previous state. With the disappearance of the original forest, many species go extinct, and many that don’t lose a great deal of their genetic diversity and variation”.
Obviously it is incredibly harmful to continue with any social system that ensures the ongoing deforestation of our planet. Moreover, in terms of ocean acidification, a concerning fact which is cited at Ocean Portal is:
“In the past 200 years alone, ocean water has become 30 percent more acidic – faster than any known change in ocean chemistry in the last 50 million years.
At the National Academy Press website, they indicate:
“Ecosystems are defined by a complex suite of interactions among organisms and also between organisms and their physical environment; a disturbance to any part may lead to cascading effects throughout the system. Ocean acidification has the potential to disturb marine ecosystems through a variety of pathways”.
Another change occurring on our planet is desertification, which is explained in this article as:
“a process of land-degradation by which a region becomes progressively drier and drier — eventually becoming desert. Or, to put it another way — desertification is the process by which previously biologically productive land is transformed into wasteland”.
An article published by The Guardian cites a study by the UN Desertification Convention (UNCCD), which found that desertification is “wiping out an area three times the size of Switzerland on an annual basis”. According to the study, land degradation affects 168 countries worldwide.
Ultimately, any concerted global response to the negative consequences that humanity’s activity is having on the natural systems of our planet need to take account of these issues, otherwise it will be to no avail.
The Harmful Industrial-Agriculture Model
One very important area of concern that is suspiciously left out of the debate regarding the environmental damage that human systems are undoubtedly having is that the monoculture model of industrial-agriculture is damaging earth’s natural systems. In a research paper published in the Journal of Environmental Health Perspectives, the authors note in the abstract that:
“The industrial agriculture system consumes fossil fuel, water, and topsoil at unsustainable rates. It contributes to numerous forms of environmental degradation, including air and water pollution, soil depletion, diminishing biodiversity, and fish die-offs.
The pesticides used heavily in industrial agriculture are associated with elevated cancer risks for workers and consumers and are coming under greater scrutiny for their links to endocrine disruption and reproductive dysfunction. In this article we outline the environmental and human health problems associated with current food production practices and discuss how these systems could be made more sustainable”.
So why isn’t industrial-agriculture being discussed in terms of environmental concerns, both politically and socially? Is there a different approach we could take to the way we create food for the world's people?
Industrial agriculture, including both animal and plant food systems, need to be revolutionized for our future. But what do we replace it with?
The answer is permaculture. As I explained in a previous article:
“Permaculture is the ethical, scientific and synchronistic design of natural systems to ensure a sustainable philosophy of living. It also aims to facilitate abundance for the future of humanity by producing all the food and materials it needs on a local scale. At its core, permaculture is simply the collaboration of humans and nature in action”.
In another article, I elaborate:
“Permaculture has conclusively shown that it can produce quality and sustainable results in any region on earth. It utilizes the local energy – such as water, solar, soil and biological – in the most productive ways possible. It can generate an abundance of resources in cold, hot, wet, dry and other challenging conditions. It has conquered the mountains, the plains, the jungle and the desert, without missing a beat.
This is exactly why permaculture is a system that can easily feed the entire population of the world. Permaculture incorporates the advancements made in sustainable and renewable technologies, while also honouring ancient technologies, such as natural building materials, and works with and not against variations in local ecologies. Whilst doing so, it leaves no toxic trace, as it doesn’t require the environmentally damaging oil products that industrial agriculture relies on. It uses natural remedies to deal with the imbalances local to each area, such as flora and fauna pests.
So with a permaculture approach applied on both an individual and community level, basically no one will go hungry and everyone will be adequately housed. There will be little social isolation. Problematic behaviours from disenfranchised adults and youth would decrease. Local economies, based in quality interactions, would thrive, as would the happiness of the people. And our natural systems would diversify and flourish too”.
When it comes to energy, we've already got the solutions to that covered too. For starters, hemp is a miracle plant. Not only is marijuana highly effective, both medicinally and developmentally, it can also replace oil for our fuel needs. It can be used as fibre for clothing, and wood for building materials. It's versatility is simply like no other plant on earth.
But even if Marijuana didn't exist, there are many energy technologies already available for use. Water can power engines, as can salt-water, as illustrated by this car which has been approved for use in Europe. 3D solar printing technology has progressed significantly whilst solar panels can also be lined within window glass.
The good old-fashioned renewables, such as solar, wind and water generators, are also available on tap too. Plus, free energy technologies, such as zero point energy, are being suppressed. As succinctly explained in this Collective Evolution article:
“Who is benefiting from suppressing scientific research? Whose power and wealth is threatened by access to clean and free energy? Who has the desire to create a system where so few have so much, and so many have so little?
It’s become extremely obvious, especially within the past few years, that Earth’s dependence on fossil fuels is not needed at all. Yet we continue to create war, destroy the environment and harm mother Earth so we can continue using the same old techniques that generate trillions of dollars for those at the top of the energy industry.
Corporate media continues to push the idea that we are in an energy crisis, that we are approaching a severe problem due to a lack of resources. It’s funny how the same group of shareholders that own the energy industry also own corporate media”.
One example of free energy is reflected in the same article:
“The Casimir Effect is a proven example of free energy that cannot be debunked. The Casimir Effect illustrates zero point or vacuum state energy, which predicts that two metal plates close together attract each other due to an imbalance in the quantum fluctuations”.
For an overview of the systems that are amplifying the toxicity found on our planet, see 11 Toxic Realities Society is Finally Waking Up About.
Humanity needs to legitimately move forward to counter the destructive impacts we’re having on our natural systems, so we need to identify the real issues, to design the real solutions. Otherwise, any discussion is just naive and fruitless noise.
It is clear the Paris talks on climate change were just that, as they were not based in reality. Whilst the so-called leaders of the modern era continue to discuss what's it's like to live in their politicized world, which has disgracefully sold out to big business and big money, it's up to the people to continue to talk about the truths of this issue, as well as lead by example with how they live their own lives.
For a poetic message that sums up the challenge that humanity faces, watch the following vid by The Conscious Society YouTube Channel.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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