Updates September 2007
There seems to be more reports about environmental degradation lately than you can shake a stick at: Are the Greenies on the rise, chicken-littling the climate change debate to death? I don’t think so. All that’s going on, that is, what’s indicated in this report is that conditions that affect human existence are going to be dramatically affected by manmade footprints. It’s time for the naysayer’s to climb out of their denial box and take a hard cold look at the plethora of facts and reports about the changes that our species have made on this planet. The answer is not to get overwhelmed and depressed, but to acknowledge that unprecedented change is going to occur and become part of the solution.
There is hope, some have looked ahead: One of the theories as to the popularity of science fiction is that in this vein of literature we can imagine future scenarios and virtually ‘move around’ in them to examine the repercussions of such a world. Science fiction writers have imagined all sorts of worlds, one of their favorite being our planet invaded by an alien race, one where all humans have to put away their differences and focus on the threat to us all. This is the message of the changes that are coming: We must stop acting the way we have and treat the changes coming to our planet as if an alien race were attacking us all. Which is sort of what is happening. If we don’t sort out our political and economic differences and focus on the common threat that Climate Change and other changes described in this latest report describe, then how to we solve them?
Most of the pundits on most of the mass media believe that the political concerns in the Washington beltway, or Iraq, or Iran, or North Korea, or sexual behavior of this or that senator, or the vagaries of the stock market, should preoccupy our minds. But, it isn’t so. While we squabble about our usual human transgressions a much larger problem about our ability to sustain our way of life is looming. We’d better find a way to better sort out our priorities or we will be battling the usual suspects while we all fall together.
Vital Signs 2007 - 2008 | Worldwatch Institute This report tracks and analyzes 44 trends that are shaping our future, and includes graphs and charts to provide a visual comparison over time. Categories of trends include: Food, Agricultural Resources, Energy and Climate, Global Economy, Resource Economics, Environment, Conflict and Peace, Communications and Transportation, Population and Society, and Health and Disease.
I’ve decided that I want to be rich and so I’ve embarking on a broad 'aspirational goal' of being a millionaire. The great thing about this approach for getting lots of money is that I don’t really have to do anything--noting concrete, no goal setting, nothing really at all. I just have to dream about the prospect that lots of money will fall into my hands by magic or serendipity (I just like that word.). I kinda just have to aspire towards it, a sort of mental leaning and poof! just like that tons of money will fall into my hands. Those poor idiots who slaved and worked for economic wealth.
I don’t know why the rest of the world doesn’t wake up to this fanatic way of goal setting. Just think how many problems in the world could be solved, if we all just aspired, without any specific concrete actions, to achieve our goals. Nobody would have to do anything say, to curb poverty, or diseases, or making this planet a better place to live.
But, the really great thing about this strategy to becoming a millionaire is that I won’t offend anyone. For those who think my spending the rest of my life rapaciously grabbing for great wealth is a bad thing, I can prove that I’m not really doing anything about it because I’m just making it a broad aspirational goal of it.
For those who think that you’re not really ‘anybody’ unless you have lots of bucks, I can show them I have a very specific plan for becoming like them. Everyone’s happy: my critics, my friends, and me. Except…, I wonder what the odds of my making a cent? But really, it must be a great strategy because look: The brilliant leaders of the world have just decided on this approach—a broad aspirational goal-- to curbing the greatest problem of this century—Global Warming.
They haven’t set any solid goals, or created any binding agreements. The Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum stood firm in making a string of lofty sounding sentences towards the great problem on fixing Global Warming and not doing a damn thing about it.
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