“According to Worldwatch Institute research associate, Erik Assadourian, such laws are important in combating global warming. “It’s not simply greenhouse gases that cause climate change—it’s our consumer lifestyle that causes the greenhouse gases that cause climate change,” he notes. “Until we end consumerism and the rampant advertising that drives it, we will not solve the climate crisis.”
Do you want to become a better ally to the Black Lives Matter movement but just don’t know where to start? With the plethora of resources floating around, it can almost become overwhelming to figure out exactly how to educate yourself in the most effective way. Well, you’re in luck. Because a Google Doc has hit the Internet that will provide a super structured format that is incredibly easy to follow.
The Google Doc was created by two Twitter users, Bryanna Wallace and Autumn Gupta. Their mission is called Justice in June. And it’s basically a month-long guide on how to be a better ally.
“Humans have become the most invasive species ever known. Although we are a mere .01 percent of the planet’s biomass, our domesticated crops and livestock dominate life on Earth. In terms of total biomass, 96 percent of all the mammals on Earth are livestock; only 4 percent are wild mammals. Seventy percent of all birds are domesticated poultry, only 30 percent are wild. About half the Earth’s wild animals are thought to have been lost in just the last 50 years. Scientists estimate that half of all remaining species will be extinct by the end of the century. There are no more unspoiled ecosystems or new frontiers where people can escape the damage they’ve caused and recover from collapse.”
“According to an analysis by the Grantham Institute, if the same amount of heat that has gone into the top 2,000 m[eters] of the ocean between 1955 and 2010 had gone into the lower 10 km of the atmosphere, the Earth would have seen a warming of 36°C.”
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“So the math here is simple: to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, the world would need to deploy 3 … nuclear plants worth of carbon-free energy every two days, starting tomorrow and continuing to 2050. At the same time, a … nuclear plant worth of fossil fuels would need to be decommissioned every day, starting tomorrow and continuing to 2050.
“I’ve found that some people don’t like the use of a nuclear power plant as a measuring stick. So we can substitute wind energy as a measuring stick. Net-zero carbon dioxide by 2050 would require the deployment of ~1500 wind turbines (2.5 MW) over ~300 square miles, every day starting tomorrow and continuing to 2050.”
“Finally, overwhelming numbers of human beings, including millions of government-hating Americans, need to accept high taxes and severe curtailment of their familiar life styles without revolting. They must accept the reality of climate change and have faith in the extreme measures taken to combat it. They can’t dismiss news they dislike as fake. They have to set aside nationalism and class and racial resentments. They have to make sacrifices for distant threatened nations and distant future generations. They have to be permanently terrified by hotter summers and more frequent natural disasters, rather than just getting used to them. Every day, instead of thinking about breakfast, they have to think about death.”