Sustainability

Exist sustainably, Health Room

“The Earth provides enough to satisfy everyone’s need, but not enough to satisfy everyone’s greed.”

Mahatma Ghandi

It’s no secret that we’re in the midst of an environmental emergency.

Global temperatures are rising, along with the sea level. Natural resources such as fossil fuels are running low. Water and food shortages are worsening. Natural environments like rainforests and coral reefs are disappearing, along with the species that inhabit them. The oceans are over fished, and our arable land is over farmed.

Combine all this with a rapidly growing population, industrial development, and the ever present thirst for economic growth – we’re in a bit of a predicament.

Let’s explore some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to the big sustainability issues.


Is climate change really such a big issue?

Yep, unfortunately.

  • The rate of the atmospheric warming we’re currently experiencing is leading to more frequent and dangerous storms, and more unpredictable weather. Extreme floods are on the rise, as are extreme droughts.
  • The higher average temperatures are also causing ice caps to melt, and it’s predicted that the Greenland Ice Sheet may be completely gone in our lifetime. The melting ice caps combined with thermal expansion are causing sea levels to rise rapidly, and many coastal and low lying areas could soon be submerged.
  • Oceans are becoming more acidic and terrestrial ecosystems are shifting quicker than species can adapt, causing widespread extinctions and losses in biodiversity.
  • As glaciers melt and freshwater resources dry up, the access to clean water and a steady food supply is increasingly becoming an issue, especially in less developed countries.

 

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Are we really to blame for all of that?

Yep, unfortunately it appears so.

Natural climate changes definitely occur, and have done all throughout history. But recent warming is happening at an unprecedented rate, and correlates exactly with the increase in atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane, ozone and halo-carbons.

These greenhouse gases are produced from the burning of fossil fuels, from agriculture, industry, and domestic uses. These human activities far outweigh the warming caused by any natural forcings.

See the infographic to the right for more details.


How can I reduce my environmental impact?

You can walk and cycle more, use public transport, switch to LED light bulbs, invest in a hybrid car or solar panels, maybe even donate to a charity. But perhaps most importantly, you could make the move towards a locally sourced, whole-food, plant based diet.


Why is a plant based diet so good for the environment?

A plant based diet uses less energy, water and land than one containing animal products. This infographic explains a bit more, as does this blog post.


Why are not made more aware of this?!

Check out the documentary Cowspiracy. They have a few interesting ideas…

 


If you wanna join thousands of other readers and discover more about how to:

  • Eat a healthy, whole-food, nutrient-dense, plant based diet and make delicious recipes.
  • Move freely, correct your postural imbalances, achieve a healthy weight and accomplish your fitness goals.
  • Live mindfully and authentically, follow your dreams, and create lasting healthy habits.
  • Exist sustainably and simply, and reduce your impact on the planet.

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