Maria Fotopoulos: Saving the planet takes more than stunts, evangelism | opinions

Type “climate change” into Google, and about 1,730,000,000 results will be delivered in 0.72 seconds.

They are probably the only people on this planet who do not know the term (in English or their native languages) from Climate change (France) for cambiamento climatico (Italy) and изменение климата Maybe it’s (Russia)… Well, is there anyone on this planet who doesn’t know the term at this point?

Climate change messages are in mass saturation. Those who believe that burning coal, oil, and gas for energy alters weather and temperature patterns, and cause California wildfires, are convinced—too many, cultists and true believers—to the point of practicing climate change as a religion.

And those who do not hold this position most likely never will.

So the time for unproductive stunts to draw attention to this issue is over. Lines are drawn. Minds are committed one way or another.

climate change activists sabotaging pipelines; They stick to famous works of art – Botticelli, Da Vinci or McCulloch – and to roads and cisterns; take over Trafalgar Square; Or sabotage in other “creative” ways (often using oil-based products in their stunts, ironically perhaps getting lost on them) needs to stop.

Fortunately, at the end of “Stolen Childhood,” Friday’s climate change protests in Greta Thunberg and the entire Greta phenomenon seem to have faded, as did at the end of the 1980s Jane Fonda’s “Friday Fire” to stop the climate crisis.

These new iterations of pseudo-environmental activists are the successors to environmental terrorist groups like the ELF and ALF, who believed that setting fires to SUVs at car dealerships and burning down new buildings were good ways to stop environmental destruction, and destroying university laboratories was a good way. To save the animals, respectively.

If today’s green activists continue their path, if they haven’t already, they will be today’s environmental terrorists. Of course, they were useful tools in a political agenda, so, like Antifa extremists and Black Lives Matter, maybe nothing would happen to them, even if they intensified their terror, uh, activism.

The path that is least polarizing and destructive, and the path that is most productive, is doing something positive that contributes to a sustainable world. What a concept!

In the documentary, 8 billion angelsdirector and founder of Earth Overhoot, Terry Spahr, explores the many problems humanity has created — problems mostly as a result of having so many of us.

“8 billion” is the number of people on the planet now – a number that is expected to grow to 9.8 billion by 2050 and 11.2 billion by 2100, according to the United Nations.

Looking at the oceans, land, atmosphere, rivers, and population, a wide range of thinkers from academics to those who work on issues across the nonprofit world to entrepreneurs who care deeply about environmental issues and the kind of planet we will leave for future generations is featured in the film.

“One of the things my mother always taught me is, when you borrow something, you give it back in better shape, and we don’t,” said Bill Mock, who tells his story in the film.

Mook Sea Farm in Walpole, Maine produces about 125 million “earth’s oysters” each year. The oyster hatchery was born as a result of seeing an increasing deterioration in water quality and the resulting diseases that decimated oyster populations.

With the devastation of oyster ponds, Mock says, oysters began to see the value of discovering “how to do the early stages of oysters on Earth” and then transplanting the natural environment for the growth of bivalve mollusks.

The Mook Oyster Hatchery sells oysters to farmers from North Carolina to Maine. This 30-year-old small business owner calls this providing environmental services.

Not just a tasty treat with a bit of lemon and horseradish, Mock explained that “oysters in the wild consume a lot of extra nitrogen.” “And we are putting more and more nitrogen into our water; oysters combat water degradation.”

In his spare time, Mook educates his friends and neighbors to understand the issues.

“What I would like to see is other companies, whose livelihoods depend on a healthy environment, confirm that a healthy environment and a thriving, vibrant economy are not mutually exclusive; they are vital to each other,” he said.

Mock’s story is a great example of a direct and positive response to addressing an environmental issue that helps people, biodiversity, and the planet. We need more people like MOQ.

To make a real difference, the majority of individuals and businesses will have to work together to get best practices to live and work in order to walk gently on our planet, ensuring the safety and security of biodiversity, ultimately leading to lifestyles and work processes that do not. It violates individual rights but provides a good quality of life for all.

It is necessary to know the essence of the problem as well. Climate change is a show. There are too many people on this planet at the root of our environmental problems.

We know that our numbers can be reduced over future generations in non-coercive ways by educating and empowering young people, creating better economic opportunities, and ensuring the presence and availability of contraceptive education, including in many areas where there are currently unmet needs.

Pipeline saboteurs, ‘just stop the oil’ people and other alleged environmental activists who want to destroy the village to save it may take a pause to watch 8 billion angels As a starting point for charting a better path forward.

We need solutions, not disruptive PR work.

– Maria Fotopoulos writes about the relationship between overpopulation and biodiversity loss, and from time to time other topics that baffle her. Connect with her on Facebook at Be the Change for Animals, and follow her on Twitter: Tweet embed. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are their own.

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