Save the Humans — Take the Leap
Seven things you can do to save your skin, and your family’s skin — and all life on earth
“We know that the time for this great transition is short. Climate scientists have told us that this is the decade to take decisive action to prevent catastrophic global warming. That means small steps will no longer get us where we need to go.
So we need to leap.”
Sign the Leap Manifesto:leapmanifesto.org
Sign the Leap Manifesto, as a start. (1)
Then we need to become galvanized activists. (2) Even if it is just for an hour a week, united with millions of others, that can put great pressure on business and political “leaders” — and more importantly, can raise awareness, and generate further activism.
We also need to radically reduce our fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions personally, and our environmental impact generally. That means radically cutting our consumption of meat and dairy. (3)
It means going organic. (4) It means turning the furnace down and putting on a sweater or a blanket. (5) And it means cycling, taking transit, or switching to an electric car. (6)
Other things are important too — plant as many trees, bushes and flowers as you can, everywhere, to offset and neutralize carbon emissions and climate change, and also to feed the bees and other pollinator species who are dying by the millions. (7)
If we do these things, and right away, then we have a chance at our civilization not collapsing, and the human species not going extinct. Otherwise, we can prepare for a dark age ahead — and one that will come about precisely because of our own inaction and stubborn refusal to change.
May 18, 2018
“Eating the World Alive as Global Competition:
The new law of human evolution is that people are required to compete for more money and commodities for themselves as “necessary to survive,” with the borderless system de-regulated and structured to increasingly impoverish the great majority while multiplying the wealth of the rich. The facts are now long in. Corporate globalization is not only out of control. It is eating the world alive at all levels toward cumulative collapse of organic, social and ecological life organization. Global competition means, in fact, the majority’s life means and security keep falling as the environment is looted and polluted on ever larger scales of depredation. Yet only “more growth” of this system is imagined as a solution. The system is clinically insane.”
- John McMurtry is Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph and elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His work has been translated from Latin America through Europe to Japan, and he is the author/editor of UNESCO’s three-volume Philosophy and World Problems, as well as more recently, The Cancer Stage of Capitalism; From Crisis to Cure. Author of The Davos Blind Eye: How the Rich Eat the World and the Poor, Canadian Dimension, January 31, 2016
Further reading and resources:
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After the Sands: What fossil fuel-dependent economies must do if they are to survive - Naomi Klein and Gordon Laxer
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