We have to understand, that if we don't start to change now, when will we, and who are we expecting to do it for us?
Start boycotting those corporations who wreak the most havoc, and those that have become 'too large to fail... Take your business to the local store that sells preferably local products with little CO2 print. (transportation)
Don't drink 'Coca Cola, don't eat processed food, buy from local sources as much as possible. Teach your kids the fun of finding 'good products'. Learn, and teach your kids to live more sustainably, and without prejudice toward others. Teach them that violence never is an option, solutions are only found in debate and or mediation. Do not judge others by their believes. Lay off the racism. Improve your language skills. Curse words only insult the person using them.
Inform yourself how a product was made, buy products that are produced and marketed ethically, sustainably and transparently.
You can find a list of corporations, services and products with a description of behaviour and applied policies here.
You should of course, at some point, begin your own research, and help us with our list of companies, services and products to mind or support.
Don't make this the only thing that matters in your live. Live your life as you have before, but gradually begin changing yourself. Adjust the way you think and make every day decisions, and learn to adjust your habits as you feel appropriate.
The change has to feel right for you, you have to feel comfortable, or else you will eventually abandon it. Talk to your family and friends first, then colleagues at work, the clerk at your local convenience store, your dentist, even your local cop, or soldiers returning from a tour.
I think, first we need to recognise that we all must change the way we behave and think. We must rid ourself of old dogmas and doctrines.
We should stop complaining about our corrupt politicians,
We know what they are like and we elect them.
And about the scrupulous businessmen and corporations
We know what they want and we give it to them.
When our politicians wage war
And do other unthinkable things
To us and to other nations peoples
It is because we let them.
And when our corporations
Poison our world, destroy our genepool
And sell us unsavory products
It is because we allow them to do so
By buying their 'shit'.
Let me start by clarifying what the real problems are, maybe you can see the relevance as it pertains to your everyday life as we go. Reducing your consumption habits to what you actually enjoy or need, rather than what powerful marketing and advertising make you want.
Industrial wood products are highly poisonous. Try and buy used wood articles, untreated wood. Personally, I have fun making my own furniture.
Further explained, Industrial wood products are highly poisonous. The energy it takes to manufacture such products is enormous. Often the wood originates from far away, and is harvested under inhumane conditions, furthermore, resulting in the destruction of fragile ecosystems and the endangerment of entire species. After all that is done, the poisons used to cure the wood is often devastating to the local environment in the third world countries they originate from. Yes, we have labels that tell us the market is clean, the forestry management is responsible and accountable etc, but more often than not, none of that is the case. Local authorities and population don’t understand the complexities.
Making industrial wood products is a highly toxic operation. It is also harmful due to wasteful, profit oriented forest management (forests absorb CO2 from the air, sustainable forest management goes toward increasing forest area as well as keeping existing forests healthy)
Electronics production is very toxic, even if the processes happen in Asia, or Africa, consumers are causing the production.
Some Non-metallic mineral products and industries are highly toxic. Their mining is always disastrous for the environment.
Industrially produced cement, bricks and tiles, sanitary ware, and glass to consumer products such as tableware and decorative goods.
Transportation equipment is highly toxic. The more simple the transportation the better. The higher the consumer density per transport and fuel unit, the better.
Industrially fabricated metals and machinery that we use in everyday life. Making these tools cones at a very high price, environmentally speaking.
No need to tell you, synthetics, plastics and rubber are not helping matters.
The petroleum industry is horrible, but you knew that already. Everytime you use your car, you hurt the environment. Noone is making you do that, you have the choice to use public transport or a bicycle.
Obviously, flying to your favourite vacation spot is ignorant and makes you a hypocrite.
The way we feed our population is both horrifically poisonous and CO2 heavy, beside being enormously wasteful. Buy your foods locally produced, they require much less packaging, they are healthier, fresher and do not need to be transported around the planet.
Meat production is a matter of how. Make sure all meat you eat is naturally fed, meaning grass fed if beef. The methane, CO2 from the grass they eat, will not change the CO2 in the atmosphere, since the grass absorbed it in the same months while growing. What is important, is that no trees are cut to make room for pastures. Trees absorb CO2.
Maritime fishing industries are having a catastrophic impact on both the environment and the abundance of species in our oceans.
Hazardous waste obviously is a bad one, dealing with it requires care and accountability. Try to purchase / consume products whose production processes do not produce hazardous waste.
The process of industrially making paper releases dioxin, nitrous oxide, sulfur oxide, and carbon monoxide (among other chemicals) into the air. Be aware.
Mining and producing primary metals like steel is a terribly toxic process. Anything you can do to cause less such metals to be produced helps the environment. Use your car until it's done, have one car per family, one television set etc. and do not replace your appliances every time a new model comes out.
Electric utilities in areas where energy is produced vial burning of fossil fuels. Ironically, the production of solar panels and wind turbines arenßt all that great for the environment. 1'600 coal plants are currently in construction worldwide.
If you thought Germany has their energy production on a clean path, think again. http://www.tai.org.au/content/deconstructing-case-coal
There are hundreds of coal firing power plants under construction worldwide, as the consumption is on the rise due to electric vehicles becoming more popular, and nuclear power plants being taken offline. These trends are clearly not sustainable. Nuclear power has made huge strides. Thorium should become a real alternative until fusion reactors are industrially feasible.
Beside Coal, gas is becoming increasingly popular for energy production, we even ship it around half the planet after it is compressed, another process that uses much energy.
Chemicals and Pharma industries produce 47% of the total toxic waste output worldwide. We place these processes in Asia and Africa, nicely out of the way, later we are surprised that these people flee their home regions that we have caused to be poisoned.
A part of this is the textile and dye industry, responsible for about 5% of the negative environmental impact the EU produces. Now consider that in Germany, an average woman possesses between 50 to 100 garments she wears less than 5 times. Ironically, 'I have nothing to wear', is probably one of the most used phrases in western societyßs bedrooms. And then come the shoes...
Most consumers barely care for how or where a piece of clothing was made, or what it is made of (sheep's hair, a plant, or fossil oil) We should care about what we envelope our skin with as much as what we ingest (eat and drink), well maybe more, considering the sales volumes junk food and soda pop companies report.
"Most of us don't realise how environmentally intensive it is to make a single article of clothing, says fashion sustainability expert Clara Vuletich, whose PhD research focuses on sustainable textiles.
"Textile supply chains are some of the most complex of any manufacturing sector," she said, and she's right.
Metal mining as an industry releases yet again three times the toxins into the environment than chemicals and pharma together.
To be continued