GREED

GREED by hipydeus
GREED a photo by hipydeus on Flickr.

This is my hand. This is your hand. The hand of everyone we know, our friends, our family, our neighbours, for doing what we shouldn’t and for not doing what we should. Greed and the disproportionate ambition of Man are squeezing the life out of our planet while we watch, oblivious, and go on with our lives.

And now, what about a little Top 10 of hippie facts? An endangered planet and ecological disasters always provide excellent, easy to memorize statistics which, if nothing else, work as great ice breakers on first dates! Check these out:

FORESTS
12-15 million hectares of forest are lost each year, the equivalent to 36 football fields every minute. Cleared for palm oil or soya plantations. ref

WASTE
European households throw away 100 billion euros worth of food each year.
90 million tons of food, enough to fill 3 million trucks stretched around the equator. This is twice the amount needed to feed all the hungry people in the world. ref

FACTORY FARMING
According to the United Nations, raising animals for food uses 30% of the Earth’s land mass. ref An incredible 78% of agricultural land is used for livestock production . ref

Animals raised for food in the U.S. produce far more excrement than the entire U.S. human population, more or less 40 tons of shit every second, all without the benefit of waste-treatment systems

It takes up to 16 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of meat, and even fish on fish farms must be fed up to 5 pounds of wild-caught fish to produce 1 pound of farmed fish flesh. It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat, while growing 1 pound of wheat only requires 25 gallons. ref

BIODIVERSITY
150 to 200 species of plants, insects, birds and mammal become extinct every 24 hours. That is 50.000 species a year. 1,000 times the “natural” or “background” rate and, say many biologists, is greater than anything the world has experienced since the vanishing of the dinosaurs nearly 65m years ago. ref

ENVIROMENT
Humanity is currently using renewable resources 50% faster than they can be regenerated, at the rate of 2 planets each year by 2030. ref

Animal agriculture makes 40% greater contribution to global warming then all transportation in the world combined. It’s the number 1 cause of climate change. If every American were to remove one serving of meat a week from his diet, it would be environmentally the equivalent of taking 5 million cars off the road. In, Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer.

OCEANS
76% of the world’s fisheries are already fully exploited or overfished. Each year billions of fish and other animals – dolphins, marine turtles, seabirds, sharks, and corals – needlessly die from inefficient, illegal, and destructive fishing practices. ref

House cats are eating more fish than seals, farmed chickens are eating more fish than puffins and albatross. Pigs and chickens eat double the amount of fish that Japan consumes annually and six times more seafood than the entire U.S. population eats each year. ref

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If you spend about the same little time looking at my post for research, you can find all information you need. It is all there. More unpleasant facts, but also lots of easy solutions. Don’t call for politicians, Greenpeace or the Fantastic Four. It is also up to you!

EARTH HOUR , on March 26:

Meat’s not Green:

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2 Responses to “GREED”

  1. Earth Day is near, just a few days away. We should all read this and stop to think. Really think. And then do what we can to change this course of things, whatever is in our power to do, make it our own private cause, every day. To make sure Earth Days will never end.

  2. It’s interesting to see this point of view. I can’t say fore sure if I agree or not, but it is something I will think about now.

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