Is the Earth full?

If you enjoy TED Talks as much as I do then you will certainly enjoy the following speech by Paul Gilding, a famous author (The Great Disruption) and consultant in the field of sustainability and resources.

Although this TED is from 2012 it is still accurate today, when he states that human mankind uses Earths resources in a way that is not sustainable citing the outcomes from the resources of the Global Footprint Network, according to whom 1.5 Earths would be needed to sustain our current economy and will grow even more over the next decades. The Australian former executive director of Greenpeace International claims that it is not possible that ongoing growth will lead to a disruptions all over the world, and that only a big crisis can change the actual situation. Unfortunately his speech is quite general and gives not clear answers on the question “how could humanity grow up and leave this area of no limits?”.

Personally I do not agree with Gilding on most of his statements because I think that he sees a lot of things in a very negative way (e.g. when he talks about the carbon bubble bursting or upcoming wars). What also bothered me while watching his speech was the necessity of a crisis from here earth and society should rise (somehow) like a phoenix from the ashes.

I suggest you to watch the TED and let me know what you think about this thoughts of impact people like Gilding think on our planets future!

Calculate your own ecological footprint!

Have you ever asked yourself how big your own ecological footprint is? Here you get a useful tool

CoolClimate Calculator

This calculator has been developed by the famous Berkely University from California. The aim of this calculator is to estimate the yearly co2 emissions of your household. In the first step you have to enter some basic information in the program like the country you live in, the amount of people in your household and your gross annual household income.
The next step is to sign how many vehicles are used in your family and how many miles you drive, of course it is crucial to enter also the MpG amount of the cars. Also public transit and air travel are considered in this category. When it comes to housing in a regular analysis you put electricity, natural gas, heating oil, and water consumption. Also important for co2 measurement is food consumption, in fact you have to show how your diet is composed. Last but not least are details on your shopping habits,

After filling out all the fields the calculator shows you the result in tons of co2/year, but it doesn’t finish there. Below the numeric calculations one can find some super useful tips on how to take action to reduce the personal impact on the climate.
From Carpooling to work to eat a low carbon diet  there is a list with the tons of co2 saved and also dollars saved. Take 3 minutes of your life time and check out this site!

Cowspiracy – A must watch!

So few days back i watched this documentary called ‘Cowspiracy’ upon a recommendation from a friend. Honestly i was little hesitant before watching this movie since it starts with a word ‘Cow’. Usually the first thing people say to me when they get to know that i am from India is ‘There are many cows on the streets’. Well, they are not very wrong, they indeed are on the street but i am not going to discuss this here(well, at least on right now).

So, i took a plunge ( sounds dramatic) and finally decided to see it and i must say i did not regret it for a second. The movie lasts for 85 minutes and gives a quite detail overview of how the meat industry is not good for environment. The presenter gets right to the point from the beginning of the documentary, asking questions like why no one is really talking about harmful effects of meat industry.
He gives the actual data of the amount of water that is used to make a hamburger and then shows the total carbon emissions generated through meat farming.

He later on goes on to show a comparison between emissions from a car and emissions from meat farming. The truth is an eye opener.

In Brazil, where people love eating meat, more than 1000 of environmentalists have been murdered because they were protesting against the government for cutting down the amazon.

Of course in the end, the presenter talks about being vegan and its effect but watching this documentary was very informative to me. I have been trying to cut down my meat intake. Its tough to make immediate changes in lifestyles but i am confident that i can cut it down my 80% within end of this month.

Watch the documentary and share your views here.

Here is the imdb link for the movie:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3302820/

Written by: Pushkar Sabharwal