BSB 180      J. Morris Hicks     (12-20-18)  
How "Green" is Green Enough? 
Season's Greetings,

People in the developed world are constantly bombarded with advice about living "greener" lives. But no one ever tells them exactly how "green" they must live in order to please Mother Nature.
And she's very far from being pleased at the moment.

So how "green" is green enough? First, a question:

If every family in the developed world drove electric cars, shifted totally to plant-based eating, downsized their living quarters, recycled almost almost all of their waste, put solar panels on their roofs, and reduced their consumption of unnecessary "stuff" by 60% -- w ould that greatly improved lifestyle be "green enough" for us to coexist in harmony with nature

Without hesitation, I would say that it would be a great gesture on the part of billions of concerned individuals - but that it would end up being a case of too little, too late - and not nearly green enough to please Mother Nature.

That's because it wouldn't do anything about the world's exploding population, sprawling & decaying cities, billions of automobiles, millions of airplane flights, and the out-of-control global economy that demands perpetual growth in a world of finite resources.

How to Please Mother Nature. It is my conclusion that we must totally reinvent the way we live -  incorporating all of the above (and much more) in a master plan - one that would feature human habitats where almost all options are "green" enough. 

Am I crazy? Are there any widely respected individuals who agree that "re-inventing" the way we live is necessary and plausible? As of last week, I am pleased to announce that two of them are at least intrigued by the idea.  

Both are among the ten "big picture" scientists I have been quoting for several years. And last week, they each sent me an unsolicited endorsement of the GRATOLA idea that promotes a total re-invention of how we live. 

1. Dr. Peter Wadhams, Professor Emeritus of Ocean Physics, University of Cambridge and arguably the world's leading scientific authority when it comes to the connection between the Arctic Ocean and climate change. 

Dr. Peter Wadhams, Ocean Physicist

Toward the end of a message I received from him last week about the current state of the Arctic sea ice, he added:

Incidentally, I think your "green region" approach  in your latest blog  is one of the most perceptive analyses of our present situation, and the way out, that I have seen. -- Peter Wadhams

2. Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Professor Emeritus, Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. His career body of work is arguably the primary driving  force behind the essential shift to a plant-based diet for humans - a shift that is finally beginning to get some traction.

He sent me this note  regarding my  Farmers Markets   post on December 13:

This is the best model for the future that I have seen.  I like it because it may really be possible. It theoretically depends on people participating as a matter of personal choice. -- T. Colin Campbell

For a look at the other eight top ten scientists on my list, check out this deck of slides in my updated 2019 presentation.

Not everyone agrees. That same week, I received a note from one colleague who thinks that my GRATOLA ideas are interesting and well-intentioned, but not realistic. Regarding my Farmers Markets BSB last week, he wrote:

The future human habitat, where you say only green choices are possible, is so far from reality that it can only be termed a fantasy.
I agree with him that it is a long shot, but I prefer to promote an idea that I believe can work - rather than just advising people to keep recycling, eating more plant-based foods, driving electric cars, using solar panels and hoping for the best.

Hoping, without a plausible master plan, is doomed to failure.

GRATOLA "Vision" with HyperLoop Transit
Further, I like to believe that if an idea can be envisioned, then it is possible for it to become a reality - particularly if it requires no quantum leap in technology. 

And that's the case with the "green regions" idea that I have been promoting since 9-21-18. That vision is totally driven by technology that we have today. As technology advances, it can only get better.

The problem, according to Dr. E.O. Wilson, is us. He writes in the book shown below:

"We have the intelligence, goodwill, generosity and enterprise to create a paradise for ourselves on planet Earth...The problem is that we are an innately dysfunctional species." 

So how "green" is green enough and how do we get there?  I have concluded that we must totally re-invent the way we live - with an eye toward creating an enjoyable and meaningful lifestyle for humans that is even "greener" than what we believe Mother Nature requires. 

Aiming high builds in a margin of error that we may very well need.

Eventually, after the USA provides a sustainable lifestyle "model" that other countries can replicate, the net global effect can be a HUGE win-win for humanity and for the ecosystem that sustains all life on this planet.

It's got to start somewhere. Why not here? Why not now?

The Bottom Line. What can we do about our dysfunction? What is it going to take for us to urgently begin leveraging today's technologies, coupled with our own unique abilities, to start making the world a sustainable "paradise" for all living things?

For that to happen, I have concluded that it will probably take a series of HUGE emergencies to jolt the world's leaders into action. Sadly, without those emergencies, the envisioned "green regions" utopia is likely to remain a "fantasy" - as suggested by my unconvinced colleague.

How can you help? Three things:

1. Live as greenly as possible while doing all that you can to raise the awareness of the "big picture" solutions that are ultimately necessary to save our civilization.

2. Give greenly for the holidays. Instead of buying new STUFF for your loved ones, think about giving them something handmade or a personal item that you already own. Or how about telling everyone that you're out of the "stuff giving" business forever and will instead be donating to a worthy green non-profit like Wikipedia?

3. Circulate my recent Thanksgiving BSB among prominent journalists, thought leaders and/or elected officials whom you respect - urging them to begin promoting the AGRA (American Green Region Authority) planning process - which must be completed before the actual building of GRATOLA can begin.

Until next time, just remember...

Humanity is on a collision course with Nature.
A damaged Nature will survive. We may not.
We must change course to avert an ecological disaster.

  Finally, for  your convenience, here are links to a few related BSBs from the past few weeks: 


Want to see a list of all my BSBs?  Click here.

Be well,

J. Morris (Jim) Hicks 
CEO, 4Leaf Global, LLC

I welcome your feedback and/or questions at:

Looking for Opportunities to Speak.  Since 2016, my research, writing and speaking has been focused on the sustainability of our ecosystem and our future as a species. With a primary emphasis on food choices, I call it the "most important topic in the history of humanity." 

After all, what could possibly be more important to humans than the survival of our species?

 (now contains 5-minute video of me speaking in Tucson) 

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