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          Over Consumption

          Friday, August 24, 2018


          Green Info


          Thank you for taking the time to stop by. We believe that you're probably here because you already have a good understanding of the issues affecting our environmental and, hence, the future of our planet. But at the same time you might want to broaden your understanding of some issues you're not as familiar with and possibly do more to help Planet Earth and its myriad ecosystems. At the same time, like most everyone these days, you're probably stretched for time.

          What you’ll find here are a list of different issues that individually, and collectively, are putting strains on our planet. The articles are easy to read through and offer simple ideas on things you could do, if you’re not already doing them, to reduce your carbon footprint. Depending on your level of environmentalism, there are the three Rs, actually four Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle, and recover; as well as composting, conserving water and energy, better insulating your home to reduce heat loss; turning down your heat and/or installing a programmable thermostat, installing solar panels-and if doing so, replacing your existing heating and cooling systems with a multi-room mini-split that can heat and cool your       entire house with one unit, quite possibly powered entirely by solar panels. Then there are lots of other things like combining errands when shopping, buying local, buying organic fruits and vegetables, walking, biking, or taking public transportation whenever possible, driving an electric or hybrid vehicle, planting trees, donating to worthy environmental causes, supporting politicians that help protect the environment, and so much more. All these things will help restore Mother Earth's myriad ecosystems. And, best of all, in many cases they’ll save you money.

          Depending on your level of expertise, as well as certain personal beliefs you might have, surrounding particular issues - especially the first one: Over Population, which we briefly touch on without really delving into it, some of the information contained herein you may be quite familiar with. At the end of each issue that we address, we offer Things That You Can Do — with the exception, of course, of the first issue we address: Overpopulation.

             1. OVERPOPULATION – The last thing we will attempt to do is side with any personal or political view about birth control, abortion, women's rights, and all the issues that surround the discussion of how many is too many.


            (a band of gypsies crossing sub-Saharan Africa; photo credits: www.journal-neo.org and a crowded beach in China’s eastern Shandong province. http://ldsmag.com)

          That said, it’s hard to argue that if substantially fewer people lived on Planet Earth, the environment would be in much better shape than it is today. Unfortunately, if current predictions for world population growth are accurate and if third-world countries continue to aspire to live a life accustom to developed countries, than the prospects for restoring the health and vitality of Mother Earth are pretty bleak. Why?

          It's simple arithmetic that comes down to Carrying Capacity. How many people can Earth's finite natural resources provide for? Unfortunately—and herein lays the problem—that is a script which has been modified as many times as . . . as there are people on the planet. What we do know, and this leads to the next commentary, is that it has been suggested that if everyone on the planet consumed as much as the average US citizen, four Earths would be needed to sustain them.

             Learn more about how overpopulation effects the environment


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