Time is up. Catastrophic climate change has already begun and we only have time until the end of 2020 to prevent it. We are undergoing an unparalleled climate emergency. The consensus amongst scientists that we’re about to experience unprecedented climate breakdown. This is due to mainly burning of fossil fuels such as petroleum, coal, natural gas and so on. Fossil fuels are not the only problem. We’re are running out of topsoil that we need to grow food. Modern consumerist society is producing unfathomable amount of waste and pollution. Just one example example, by 2050 scientists predict there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
Essentially, the global economy is taking resources from the spaceship Earth and turning them into toxic waste. Left unchecked, such activities will leave our planet uninhabitable in the foreseeable future. It could be the case that it’s already too late to stop it. However, if we act now there is a still chance to dampen the worst effects of it. Drastic measures could should be adopted to prevent such problems.
The root cause of all this is that our society is addicted to energy like alcoholic to alcohol. The energy binge we’re experiencing is the principle principle cause of the climate catastrophe. Grid power seemingly always available at the press of button encourages overconsumption while while the long-term consequences are hidden from view.
Cheap and always available energy is the cornerstone of the modern economy. We’re conditioned to to think that these vast amounts of energy are required for us to survive. That’s not true. What is true is that we as a society are addicted to energy. It is important to recognize the destructive and unhealthy nature of this addiction. For example, imagine having a friend who drinks too much alcohol. Would the best solution be to provide them with new sources of alcohol?!
Power to homeless
There is already a constituency of people that lead low carbon lifestyle. Their electricity consumption can be conceivably satisfied using solar panel mounted on the backpack. We’re running an experiment that practices low energy lifestyle similar to homeless. In other words, instead of thinking of how do we feed our energy addiction with solar energy we need to think as to what sort of lifestyle is possible with amount solar energy available to us.
Your action is required
Do you want to do a job that you hate, to buy things you don’t need to impress people you don’t like? Volunteering could be another option. You will be addressing is the most important issue of our times. This is a chance to actually do something, change your life and the world around. Volunteering can help you to gain new skills and experience and you’ll have a chance to meet new people and make friends.