We find ourselves at a crossroads right now. We have an opportunity to make good decisions and save ourselves and future generations (and other species) from living in a complete hot mess or we can choose to move further toward the BBQ. I suggest we take simple and drastic actions to move towards the light and a future of life and comfort. Here are a few thoughts;
: Trees are the lifeblood for us - we should have a worldwide moratorium on any further cutting of any trees - particularly native ones that haven’t been cut or burned in a long time. This especially includes urban trees. How about a worldwide pact that no urban trees are cut moving forward and we attempt to work around them and treasure them as they provide us oxygen without which we cannot live? They also do a lot of other good besides being beautiful to look at - shade, taking in carbon dioxide and water management - all are big pluses in the tree category. Let’s not cut another one down - the simple action is for you to cut no more trees; plant new ones and work on keeping trees standing.
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. There are
way too many people on this planet
. This is the truth. There are simple actions we can all take to ensure a planet with less people on it. Making sex ed available to all ages and making it a priority - will not only give us more intelligent people, but will also lead to people choosing smaller families and to think about when to procreate rather than being mindless about it. Along these lines - making sure that contraception is free an and easily available will go a long way in making healthier societies - it also honors women and will make childbirth less dangerous around the world as we invest heavily in reproductive health across the board. Some have suggested that no one have children at all for a while - which in 5 years would shrink us naturally by one billion people. That would be incredible - imagine a less crowded world. Let’s work towards that.
Between these two issues - prioritizing trees and working towards a smaller population will lead humanity (and perhaps other species) towards a future where the air is still breathable and the planet is still habitable! What small action can you take today to make this happen? And what larger, global actions can we also accelerate? Thanks for playing your part.
Have a great Summer - Albert
PPS - see below for my write up from WDS 2018 and info about my gig on 7.25 in Portland