15 ways to stop destroying our world won’t be easy changes to make – but they have to be made.
We need to immediately stop the race to the edge of ecological abyss. There are indeed practical and viable alternatives to the way we live our lives as humans. The transition wont be easy, and most of the rich bastards are going to go to the wall- c’est la vie!
But we need to start now before large scale catastrophe forces us to stop this crazy way of interacting with the world we live in.
In order to reach the Paris Accord goals according to the Intergovernmental Panel, the world would need to see:
- rapid and far-reaching” changes in energy systems (immediate end of fossil fuels),
- land use (agricultural land replanted with trees),
- city layouts and transportation (to reduce car use),
- buildings (all retrofitted to renewable energy),
- vast reduction or elimination of road and air travel, and
- worldwide checks on human material consumption.
In other words, the end of capital civilization as we know it and its replacement by low-energy, pre-industrial, self-sufficient local and regional economies —within a decade.
However much more is needed to save our world; including….
- Education of the young (and older humans) about the vital importance of respecting and protecting all living things-an understanding that other species are not commodities for human use and are essential for our mutual survivability.
- An understanding and agreement that technology will not save the world from the climate emergency or catastrophic species loss- natural living solutions are the only solution
- The planting of indigenous trees and shrubs in every available green space
- The banning of artificial pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers
- The planting of billions of indigenous trees -replacing areas used for monoculture farming; particularly meat and dairy production
- The pulling up of vast areas of concrete and tar and replacing it with perennial vegetation trees and shrubs
- The end of all ‘growth’ economies- a return to no-growth- (an end to consumption for its own sake)
- The encouragement of wildlife into urban areas
- The banning of killing of all wildlife
- The re-enlivening of buried urban rivers and streams
- The end of non repairable goods
- The compulsory education of all children in permaculture gardening
- The banning of all non essential air traffic
- The construction of efficient light-rail rail networks
- The building of food and energy self-sufficiency in all communities
Even then, the cumulative impacts of 2000 years of global species loss, and 200 years of CO2 and other gas emissions into our atmosphere will not be ‘put right’ in a few hundred years…
Economists, politicians and business-people alike know full well that a closed system like our world, cannot produce indefinite economic “growth” (a completely flawed concept in itself). Why are they pushing the world to the precipice ever faster?
Therefore the sooner we begin to implement the above processes and policies, the easier the transition will be, with less loss of human and other species lives.