by Taetske | 3:23 pm
(Last Updated On: February 3, 2019)

 

Finally some good news for our Planet

 

Hope for our Planet

Hope for our Planet

Is it too late already?

I have been writing a lot about “negative” news like Global Warming/Climate Change if the Human Race will become extinct and more of these worrisome things. The Amazons Rainforest is disappearing and animal species are vanishing. Where ever you look it is not positive. We are burying ourselves in plastic, the total is rather depressing. Scientist tell us we have reached the point of no return, is that really true, is there really no hope for us or our beautiful planet?

 

Positive News

I subscribe for many years to Share International and in the Septembre, edition appeared an article which offers a ray of light in our dark existence.
Mr. Paul Hawken, editor of the recent New York Times bestseller “Drawdown” admits that the chosen subtitle “ The most complete plan to have ever been proposed to reverse Climate Change “ is bold.

This subtitle was chosen as before never ever any real plan had been presented to avoid this catastrophe. There were many different ideas put out there how to reduce the global temperature rise so it would not exceed the 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. But it was never possible to have all countries agree to the necessary measurements. Therefore, nothing much ever happened which would cause any effective change.

The interesting book by Mr. Hawken

Mr. Hawken started to investigate for his book already way back in 2001. He is a well-respected author and ecologist. Interviewing the climate and environmental experts he would ask if they knew what it would need to stop and reverse Global Warming. Each of these experts agreed that a list of solutions was makeable but as this was outside their expertise nothing really came of this idea. After various years of investigating Mr. Hawken stopped trying to find solutions.

In 2012 Mr. Bill McKibben published an article “ The new and terrifying calculus on Climate Change”. Friends of Mr. Hawken pointed out to him that time had run out already but he saw it more like the before last call. He founded Project Drawdown, an International Coalition of scientists, business people, activists, and academics who all together are investigating, measuring, modeling and mapping out the collective solutions to Global Warming with the idea to reach a considerable reduction.

The hope was born that implementing all these solutions together, year after year a reduction of gasses could be reached and over a period of 30 years, the positive effects be noticed. Solutions to reduce the carbon footprint from the atmosphere.

 

Lovely Sunset

Lovely Sunset

Some unusual solutions

After years of investigation, some surprising solutions saw the light.  8o Solutions to lower Global Warming were found which fell into the strict criteria applied.
I will list the top 10 and with some, one is in for a surprise.

1..Refrigerant Management
2..Coastal Wind Turbines.
3..Food waste reduction.
4..A Vegetable-rich diet.
5..Tropical Forests.
6..The education of Girls.
7..Family planning.
8..Solar Farms.
9..Silvopastoral Systems
10 Solar Roofs.

The explanation of each of these solutions included the mass of gasses that are reduced or even eliminated over a period of 30 years, from 2020 to 2050. It also lists the costs but in most of the cases, the savings one could have, implementing these measures.

Mr. Hawken points out that in our world a third of the food does not reach our tables from farm or factory where they are produced. To then realize that more than 800.000.000 people go hungry every day it is time to rethink the total distribution as there actually is enough for everybody

The total amount of food which is being lost represents 4.4 gigatons of carbon dioxide which go up into the atmosphere each year and represents 8% of the total gases produced worldwide.

To produce this wasted food a lot of resources are needed like seeds, energy, water, earth, fertilizers, manpower, and financial capital. At all the different stages gases are produced, including the methanol which the organic matter produces when being disposed of.

 

Gorgeous little girl

Gorgeous little Girl

Fewer people if educating all girls

The education of girls seems to have a spectacular influence on Global Warming. At first one might find this surprising but Mr. Hawken explains why there are a direct cause and effect. Women with more years of education normally have fewer children, they are healthier and actively participate in family planning.

If all girls were to be educated by the year 2050 there would be 850.000.000 people less on our planet. It seems that this is one of the most powerful tools to break the intergenerational poverty cycle and like that reduce the emissions as the world population instead of growing reduces.

 

our home

Our Home

Conclusion

I hope that this movement will grow over the years and the solutions mentioned in this book will take root. More people should join this movement which for the first time comes with makeable changes so our world can have a future again for us, our children and the following generations.
For more information visit this website: www.drawdown.org

Recently I came across this very serious video. It is a warning to us all. Please take the time to watch it.


Source: Share International

Photo Source: Pixabay

 

Perhaps you would like to read my post on a different solution for our planet.

The Amazing Mushroom, How it will Safe our Planet

 

Comments

Loes

Hi Teatske, that’s a lot of food wasted! And this distribution really needs some attention. Also the education, not only for girls, but also for boys. In a lot of countries, it seems that boys and men do not respect the girls and women. As long as that cultural appearance is staying the norm, and this abusing keeps going on, there will not much be a changing in the overpopulation. Of course, it’s a good thing to educate girls, but education and evolve cultural misconduct in populations must also be addressed.
That’s my 2 cents:)
Have a great day, Loes

Sep 21.2017 | 12:32 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Loes,

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my website. I was all happy to be able to write on something positive for our planet. Too often I had written on sad or bad things, situations where one thinks and now it is too late. It is true of course there are too many countries where girls/women are nearly worthless and considered third class people. To change this one has to start with education so that when these young people grow up and have children of their own their value system has been radically changed, they must learn that we are all equal and that men and women complement each other.
    This data about our food waste is appaling especially when one thinks about how many people are hungry day after day. We have too much of everything and they have hardly anything. Well, let us be positive and hope this movement will take root and be able to save our neck in the last minute.

    Regards, Taetske

    Sep 21.2017 | 03:33 pm

Judy Edwards

This was an excellent read. Continuing on the war on waste, here in Australia recently we had an excellent program on the ABC called “The War on Waste ” you can view it here http://ab.co/2zj1dwF It is unbelievable how much food we waste just because people want the perfect unblemished fruit rather than accepting with gratitude what nature has produced. One consequence of the program was that people are encouraged to take along their own coffee cup rather than use the throw away ones. I am not a climate change expert but I am very interested in it as we are farming and it concerns our future. I am developing a site questioning the actual causes of climate change in Australia and the rest of the world , https://openviewnow.com/
I do not think the warming or cooling is as big an issue as is the amount of toxicity in the air. Carbon pollution is reaching dangerous levels in some cities so measures to reduce carbon would come more from reducing emissions from cars and factories. I live in the country and we have a friend who is a specialist in air pollution. He has moved his family out of the city to get away from the toxic air. We have clean air in the country and we live in an area where there are many livestock farms so I would dispute the need to reduce the consumption of meat as a solution. Grass grown to feed those animals also acts as a sink for carbon and as the depth of soil increases through fertility and management, it too can store carbon. I see the urban sprawl as a bigger threat to carbon in our air. They are growing like a cancer across valuable farm land used to produce food now under concrete. Farmers care for the land and the soil. We plant thousands of trees, we monitor soil health and we breathe clean air. We need more thoughtful planning of cities and yes every roof top could be solar,and could also collect water to be used for gardens and every home should have space for a garden rather than an over sized building.
You are right in your site, we have a beautiful planet and we need to do our part to preserve it. Thank you Taetske for an inspirational and thought provoking read.

Oct 30.2017 | 09:47 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Judy,

    Thank you for visiting my website and leaving this long and interesting comment.
    I will certainly look at the 2 links you kindly sent me as it is so good that people worldwide really start thinking about this huge problem. Even if it seems a small thing people bringing their own coffee mug to the office if everybody would do things like that it would have an impact and we might be able to avert our end. It is so crazy that the human race prefers to pollute the air which then becomes toxic to our health. In Madrid these days the air was so bad again that traffic was restricted in the center.

    I am also blessed with living in the country on my 180-year-old farm. In 1981 after my personal and awful experience with Roundup I went green and have never regretted that decision. I am surrounded on 3 sides by my neighbour who grows avocados and decided also to go green years ago. For sure it is a little paradise, that is what my friends tell me but it cost me a lot of hard work to build up during more than 30 years.

    I recently also wrote a post on trees. 2 very big projects, one in Pakistan and the other in India where millions of trees were planted. I hope it is not too late at least this movement gives hope that we might save our beautiful planet.

    Regards, Taetske

    Oct 31.2017 | 02:07 pm

Chris

Excellent article – it’s amazing that as I was reading through it, a report came on the BBC News service on the TV behind me, covering the fact that temperatures in the UK are rising each year due to global warming. 

This Drawdown book seems like an incredibly interesting read, and Hawken obviously knows his stuff – is it on Amazon yet?

Nov 02.2018 | 02:43 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Chris,

    Nice to see you again. The more the media come with news like that the more people will become informed and hopefully wake up. The solutions are original and also reasonable, let’s all do our bit and perhaps we can still escape somehow. The fact that temperatures will rise will cause more than a lot of problems.

    Yes, the book is for sale, click on it, go shopping, I will have my first sale and you will have made my day.

    Thank you for visiting my website and leaving a comment.

    Regards, Taetske

    Nov 02.2018 | 03:32 pm

free4life

We totally agree that the planet is suffering from the condition of greed and corruption that has manifested through humans. But being a human myself, I know that it is possible to reach others, just as you are here, in order to at the very least attempt to correct the problems we have created.

Do you think that there is any truth to the earth being knocked off its axis due to natural events such as earthquakes and/or tsunamis? Food for thought, and you might have mentioned this in a different post, but it is worth looking into if you have not. 

Nov 02.2018 | 02:51 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon, a shame I do not know your name.

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my website. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    From your comment I understand you also write about these type of issues? If yes, I would be interested to hear more about it.

    No, I have not written about the earth changing its axis. If that should happen it would need a huge impact of some sort. I do not think an enormous Meteor is on its way to do just that. Looking at what the human race is capable of we might not need a meteoric impact. We are changing the climate, we are really doing our best. At the moment there are very unstable forces at work so who knows what might come, perhaps a major nuclear disaster? I hope that Mother Earth can still take what we are doing to her, one day she might take a jump and everything will be different.

    Regards, Taetske

    Nov 02.2018 | 03:31 pm

Jimsolo247

Hello Taetske

I don’t really believe predictions coming from scientists. If we follow what Scientist tells us every day, we can’t live in this earth.oftentimes we hear so much negative news regarding the earth coming from Scientist and many of them have failed woefully. There was a time scientists were warning my country about acid rain, they even told us when the acid rain is going to fall but getting to that day nothing happened and I started doubting words that comes from them right from that day.

Nov 02.2018 | 02:59 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Jim,

    Thank you for your comment. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF.

    I have to disagree with you. Acid rain is coming down right now. This is happening in the northeastern regions of the U.S. where there are a lot of coal-fired power plants. Acid rain might not have the strength you perhaps think but it still decreases the pH of the water. It reduces the ability of the water to support life, and dissolves calcium-based minerals in the soil.

    I personally believe we should listen to the scientists as they explain that Global Warming will cause Climate Change and that will have consequences for us all.

    Regards Taetske

    Nov 02.2018 | 06:11 pm

Stephen

Hi Taetske,

Your article was indeed worth reading. You have shown that you care about not just our environment, but also the people who leave on it. I mean why would such an enormous food be wasted while over 800,000,000 people go hungry each and every day. 

In actual fact, here in Africa, the cases of people going hungry is even worse. Some people leave on 0,1, 0 formula. it means that they eat ONLY ones in a day. Meanwhile there are tons of food being wasted. And not just that, but also, they are destroying the environment through industrial gases and other forms of pollution to produce all these foods.

So for me, if this 80 solutions to global warming will take effect really as said, I think it will help very well. Especially making good use of solar energy in farming activities instead of using gases that pollute the atmosphere.

Your article is worth 100 times reading. thanks I have bookmarked it for future reference.

Stephen.

Nov 02.2018 | 03:07 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Stephen,

    I am happy to hear you find my article worth reading. The more people hear about these possible solutions the better. If we would all do our bit the total would have a big impact and might just save our necks.

    The fact that a lot of countries are going green is an indication that there is a change in the way of thinking and also taking action.

    It is a scandal so much food is wasted when there are so many places where people go hungry. If the distribution were better organized that would be a help already. Also, the way of producing food is important. There are too many cows in the world, they also contribute to Global Warming and on top of it they do not live happy lives and their meat is not good for our health. 

    There are so many things which would need improvement on. It is difficult to know where to start and that makes people not do anything at all. The wait and see attitude is no good. A Global rethinking of things is needed, I hope that day will come.

    Thank you for leaving a comment. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    Regards, Taetske

    Nov 02.2018 | 04:26 pm

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