BSB #91. Runaway "Luxury" Train

Trying to Do My Part to Help Slow that Train
by J. Morris Hicks

Since it was capitalism that got us into the environmental mess that we're in today, maybe we can leverage the power of capitalism to help save us. We certainly don't have time to wait for the emergence of a sustainable global economic system to replace the unsustainable one that we have.   

The "luxury" train represents a global economy based on maximizing the consumption of "stuff" in a world of finite resources. A 3rd grader could tell you that can't possibly work forever. 

The images that appear in this blog are from my latest public presentation; let me know if you'd like for me speak sometime soon at a venue near you.

To stop that train safely will require two things: A much smaller human population -- coupled with a greatly reduced level of consumption per person. Both of those are huge challenges that are way above my job grade. So, I continue to focus on #4 below--the only one of the four that people everywhere can change quickly in their own lives.

My new idea is to leverage the power of capitalism (the pursuit of profits) to help my future corporate clients greatly improve their profits by deploying our new commercial software product described at

How? By encouraging and helping ALL associates begin moving as quickly as possible in the direction of a whole food, plant-based diet.  

As more and more corporations follow suit, we could soon be influencing millions of corporate workers around the globe to improve their health and save money by eating more plants and fewer animals. AND, along with that shift, comes a great deal of "Hope" for themselves and for the planet. 

Take note of #5 above.  It relates to the next slide that you can share with everyone--and show them how they can play a huge role in combatting the "elephant in the room" when it comes to sustainability: Climate Change.

As we start working on "climate change," perhaps we can play a role in slowing down the melting of the ice at both poles. As you can see from this graph from the Arctic, we have a lot of work to do. 

This graph tracks the monthly "volume" of Arctic sea ice in thousands of cubic kilometers. The blue line is 2017; the white line is the average since 1979. Some experts are predicting the first ice-free Arctic ever, by mid September of 2017. 

The Bottom Line. We can't depend on our political leaders (whether Red or Blue) to get the job done, so we've added some "greed" arrows to our quiver of weapons in the fight against climate change and planetary depletion. With ARCH by 4Leaf, our corporate leaders can pad their profits while improving the chances that our ecosystem, our civilization and our species can all survive past the end of this century.

One final point. I can tell you that several of the most prestigious scientists included in my presentation--believe that we have passed the point of no return and that our species will go extinct. For me, as long as there is a chance that they are wrong, I will not give up hope.

Have a nice weekend! It's a beautiful spring day as I ride Amtrak south along the banks of the Hudson River toward NYC. 
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