The resources of our planet are already beyond her limits, the best time to act was fifty years ago… The second best time is now… Currently all of the systems that make the world function are failing, mass casualty natural disasters will become commonplace and land will become much more scarce. As we increase our rate of consumption, the rate of degradation increases exponentially, we as humans in turn need to move forward in a way that is not degrading our environment.
As time moves forward we are using less of our most available resource – HUMANS – to harvest the resources that we have less and less of. Even as I write this somewhere in the world a robot is replacing human farm labor, people are losing their jobs faster than we can replace them. When a person loses their ability to feed themselves they often end up on welfare, a system that reminds me of the scrip system that was issued by the mines to miners as payment, scrips were non transferrable and only valid at one company store… Essentially a form of human ownership… And a tool that will one day be used to control people again…
Water is a resource that is literally shaping the world around us as we speak, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find reasonably pure water anywhere in the world… In order for water to be considered potable it is tested for around 2000 elements, this is not an easy test to pass and will only get harder as we introduce and discover new elements.
– 97% of all of the water on the earth is salt water.
– 3% of it is fresh, of which 75% of that fresh water is in ice…
The fresh water is split up into…
– 11% is rechargeable ground water (less than 800m), this water needs to be slowly absorbed to recharge.
– 14% is in deep groundwater (pre-historic groundwater) and is not rechargeable.
– 0.03% is in lakes, ponds and surface water.
– 0.06% is in our forests and soil.
– 0.03% is in our rivers
-0.035% is in our atmosphere.
Of the 3% of our water that is not salty, roughly 0.03% is actually useable. We need more people paying attention to the land and listening to what it is saying, the earth is always speaking. Many of us hear her scream, only a few of us have been tuned in to be able to hear her whisper.
The Gaia Hypothesis
The earth as a whole is a sentient being, meaning a self-healing, and a self-regulating being that has the ability to not only detect problems, but to also react and respond. If the earth really is a sentient being that does have the ability to respond to problems, then it will eventually neutralize the problem… We as humans do the same thing… We identify the problem, consider the solutions and act appropriately, neutralizing the problem.
– Diversity leads to stability…
– Stability leads to fertility…
– Fertility leads to designing and sustaining productivity…
– Productivity leads to designing sustainable economies…
– Economies lead to designing interactive communities…
– Permanence in culture results due to the interactive community…
please just listen – chriscondello
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Scary stuff. Although I live as close to nature as I’m likely to get, our water is channelled from a stream into a canal, into a reservoir. The sediment at the bottom of my water bottle (after it boiled) has me thinking maybe it should buy it. Checked the ingredients on bought water … hoped to find only spring water, but all sorts of stuff added to make it last. How is one supposed to stay healthy? When I go on walks into nature I can drink straight from the stream. I often literally lie down on my stomach and just dunk my head in and drink and drink. It’s a long way uphill back though so trying to cart some back for drinking at home is an issue. How’s one supposed to stay healthy with what they do to our water? And they moan about smoking!!
Chris, although I live now in Michigan, I grew up in Johnstown, PA. We have so much of this old industry runoff in the form of “sulfur creeks” and “boney dumps.” Its really sad. Its like they made their money, they broke the people and the land, then they just left.
I blogged about long term orientations and effective use of resources (both ND fracking as well as what is happening in Western PA as examples). Thought you might be interested: http://druidgarden.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/long-term-orientations-oil-fracking-and-the-environment-of-the-future/
If you read my post all the way to here, then check out Willowcrows blog link above… It is well worth the read!