Skip to comments.Facing up to the sustainable consumption conundrum (ready, Malthusians?)
Posted on 07/02/2012 10:36:27 PM PDT by Olog-hai
The earth is running out of natural resources like land, water and minerals so quickly that if nothing is done, some predictions say that by 2030 humankind will need the equivalent of two planets to sustain our current lifestyle.
Those chilling figures come from a famous World Wildlife Fund Living Planet report in 2008, but what exactly can we do to reduce our environmental impactwhich has got worse since thenand how should we go about doing it?
People desperately need a means of putting the environmental impact of their products into context, according to Martin Barrow, a senior consultant at the UKs Carbon Trust, which provides companies with certification for their labeling schemes.
By giving them more and more information they [can] know what the impact of their decisions are, he said after a workshop on sustainable consumption organised by EurActiv on 13 June. Then were into the area of behavior change, he added.
Studies undertaken by the Carbon Trust showed that consumers would change their behavior if they were given simple information about a products environmental impact on a packet.
With numbers and colors, the Trust found that people could build a mental map in a short period of time and establish rules for their consumption.
Such an increased and improved information flow is the basic way of addressing sustainable consumption issues, said Ulrike Sapiro, the environmental sustainability director for Coca-Cola Europe, after the same meeting.
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So there is in fact runaway population growth-
I love that idea. Maybe we should pass some immigration laws to hold immigration to a sustainable level, and then enforce those laws.
“Runaway population growth?” I see NO substantiated facts regarding such a thing in your posts.
If you really believe this, what would be your preferred solution?
There is a woman who lives near here who is elderly and has Humana as her health insurance. A little over a week ago she was diagnosed with a bladder infection by her doctor and given a prescription for a good antibiotic along with the order to increase her water intake. When she went to the pharmacy to get the prescription filled, she had to wait for sometime. Finally, the pharmacist told her that her insurance would not cover that particular antibiotic....for people over a certain age. She could pay out of her own pocket and still get the antibiotic....but the pharmacist said she should contact her doctor and get him to prescribe an alternative. Why did this happen? Government guidelines under the new Obamacare nonsense.
More people had better wake up. This had to do only with AGE!!!!!!
see # 19
America’s birth rate is currently running at about 1.9, slightly below replacement level. Which tells me that if we can get immigration under control, we will have no, repeat, no, “unrestrained population growth”.
Sorry...but to penalize those who have larger families is NOT a wise policy. It also punishes the religious freedom of many people.
“God calls each person into existence, while inviting parents to cooperate in using the gift of their God-given fertility to share life with the next generation. Marriage means family, and parenting is a very real part of marriage. In His providence, God has placed immense natural resources in this planet. which are necessary for sustaining life. He has also given us natural ingenuity whereby we can find better ways to utilize the goods of the earth which sustain human life.
Parents have a natural right to determine the size of their families. Numbers of children in a family is a decision for parents alone to make. The state cannot make this decision for them; neither can the Church. Parents will determine the size of their family on the basis of spiritual, economic, and social responsibilities.”
My husband and I sought the will of God with regard to our family. We have five wonderful children and all have become adults who contribute in positive ways.
As far as tax incentives go...my husband and I support the flat tax. Period.
OK, so you *do* have a plan! :-)
Thanks and FRegards
Very good post!! This is exactly the message that needs to get out!!!
Most of my family lives in Mass. with Romneycare, my aunt who was
68 passed a few months ago, had severe back pain for many months,
she had very long wait times for DR. visits. After 6 months found mass on
kidney, DID NOT REMOVE kidney!!!!! She was given radiation PERIOD!!!!
She passed within a year!!!! No surgery, no kemo, this is the message
we need to scream from the roof tops!!!!
I have an elderly mom I am very worried about at this time.
My employer is also cancelling our health care plan!!!!
Better shout that plan to the very many empty houses within ten square miles of where I’m currently living.
Glad to hear you don’t debate yourself. Although maybe you should try it sometime so you can hear yourself for once.