Why bother to save the World ?
After all it’s never seemed urgent, judging by the way Humans behave.
If you are in the minority who aren’t ignoring the obvious effects of Human induced Climate Change, I’ll make a few simple suggestions.
My priorities in Life are very clear.
3 money ( stuff )
This makes all decisions extremely simple because I stick to this set of priorities. Most often my choices are health driven.
Since I don’t want to get sick it follows that I don’t the Earth to get sick. Simplistic I know, but simple works.
I note that the hugely important, deeply researched and influential IPCC united nations climate change report is imminent; the news is exactly as I expected. Terrible.
Prospects for the health of our World and consequently our collective health as a species, are very poor.
Since I have a business within the energy industry I’m acutely aware of climate change. But you know the threat is there and I don’t believe that you aren’t aware, intelligent or reponsible enough to save the World.
Here’s how I live. It’s not perfect but I believe many could copy me.
I work from home.
This was hard to do.
Most employers don’t allow this, so I had to start my own business working from home. Risky. Hard work .. bloody hard work.
I don’t waste fuel / need a new car constantly to cater to a time wasting commute. Pointless.
So I work local, very local. In my spare bedroom or a local ( independently owned ) cafe.
Local. That’s a great concept. I always buy as much of my food as I can from a local health food shop just around the corner from my home alongside other local suppliers.
Live in a town or city.
I can walk there. No car required, because I live in a town. I once lived far out into the countryside. Never again. Picturesque but a pain in the ass if you run out of milk.
Whilst we’re talking about food, I don’t spend too much on it. This is because I eat less and less processed ( expensive ) food. I’m eating cleaner and simpler less processed foods which are far healthier and quick to prepare.
That said, one day a week I have my ‘cheat day’ where I absolutely cram my face full of pizza and ice cream. Then feel like shit. I’m not sure if I love or hate this, but it’s necessary to eat crap once per week to tell my body it doesn’t need to store too much fat.
Linking food to the Environment, I rarely eat beef, because cows are a really bad use of available land in terms of how much nutrition they provide compared to say, soya beans. Cows fart out a huge amount of Methane. Methane hurts the Environment.
Cows tend to think little about what they eat. You’re not bovine.
You have a choice every day to ignore the processed crap marketed to us every day. You are not dumb, you can choose not to follow the increasingly obese Human Herd.
I’m not much of a consumer.
I’m a Marketer as part of my work. But I don’t believe Marketing hype.
Sure, I enjoy buying some stuff ( such as vinyl records ) now and again, but I couldn’t give a damn about buying the latest model car / phone to ‘keep up’ .
Ego is for suckers.
Feeding your ego with the latest possessions means you are always straining to stay ahead. Too much stress, sucker.
Plus, how much Carbon gets belched out disposing of old stuff / producing new stuff ? More harm done.
So in the end, is there hope?
Uuum, I have to be confident, because I’d do you no favours by assuming the worst.
Here’s the thing : Humans have to co operate socially in order to survive.
Once denying Climate Change becomes as socially unacceptable as blowing cigarette smoke in a non smokers face, perhaps we’ll choose to be less dumb, unhealthy, stressed and ultimately toxic to our own Environment.
And I know my readers here are better than that, right ?
Save the World.