Wednesday, 16 November 2011

The time has come: 7 Billion.

“There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life.”

 

I know this is going to sound crazy, but with the long heard rumours of 2012 and the end of the world, this article released recently by the BBC regarding 7 Billion people now on the plant. And the film Children of Men, trailer below:

 

 

It seems that unless we start consuming less of the worlds resources, in terms of oil, wood, petrol, air, water and food (to name a few).  

 

We might, to put it lightly, be forced into a tight corner. There won't be enough resources to support the people that are alive and it has even been suggested by some that the future may bring war over water

 

What's more is, what is causing the infertility in women? Is it chemicals in the water from prescription mediation or illegally dumped chemicals, the food we eat, stress? I have so many questions with relation to this. 

 

I personally think these problems are stemming from pollution in water all over the world, the overuse of plastic and general pollution. A majority of these pollutants (see a good documentary: The World According to Monsanto here) are produced in the making and breaking down of all the products we 'need to' have, such as food, mass amounts of clothes, TV's, anything!!  

 

A similar view regarding mass consumption and how it props up the capitalism system is supported by Jonathan Porritt in his book Capitalism As If The World Matters, and on the website Forum For The Future.  

 

Below is a short radio clip of what he thinks about mass consumerism:


http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9623000/9623644.stm


What can be done to stop this?  Well thankfully we already have had the demonstrators in London and New York to try and bring down this system.  But the true solution would be to start looking after our immediate needs and wants such as water, heat, food and love. And to get rid of the capitalist, economic 'booming', consumerist view of needing all the thousands of extra items we buy every year!!  

 

Thus creating a sustainable world, where we care about our planet and the resources it provides, and use them with respect (this is also covered by Jeremy Seabrook here).   


There are reports from the UN and many other reliable sources that think unless, something is down now regarding the energy and resource consumption, we will not have a plant left to live on. I haven't got time to go into these issues in full,  but there is a good article here


Want to give being a sustainable hippy a go?  Try the experiment on the No Impact Project, and see if you can!! 


The greedy industrialist capitalists and consumerism reminds me of the greedy, disrespectful of others, Walrus from Alice in Wonderland (I know, it has been a Disney related week!!):



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