America is the first to harness the phenomena of revolutionary power of black gold. In the field, machines replaced men. A liter of oil generates as much as energy as 100 pairs of hands in 24 hours. In the united states, only three million farmers left. They produce enough grain to feed 2 billion people. But most of that grain is not used to feed people, here and in all other industrialized nations, it is transformed into livestock feed or biofuels.
No springs escape the demand of agriculture which accounts for 70% of humanity’s water consumption. In nature, everything is linked. The more country develops, the more meat its inhabitants consume. How can growing worldwide demand be satisfied without recourse to a concentration camp style farm style. Faster and faster, like the life cycle of the livestock who may never see a meadow. Manufacturing meat faster than the animals has become a daily routine. In this fast food lots trampled by millions of cattle, not a blade of grass grows. Freight trucks from all corners of country bring in tons of grains, soy milk and protein granules to produce tons of meat.
The result is that it takes 100 liter of water to produce one kilogram of potato, 4000 liter of water for one kilo of rice and 13,000 liter of water for one kilo of beef, not to mention the oil consumption during the production process and transport.
Since 1950, fishing catches have increased five fold, from 18 to 100 million metric tons a year. Thousands of factory ships are emptying the oceans. Three quarters of the fishing grounds, exhausted and depleted, are in danger. Most of the bigger fish have been fished out of existence since they do not have time to reproduce. We are destroying the cycle of life that is given to us. At the current rate, all fish stocks are threatened with exhaustion.
The wet land represents 60% of the surface of the planet. Under the calm water lies a veritable factory where plants and microorganisms patiently filter and digest all the pollution. These marshes are indispensable environments for the regeneration in purification of water. They are sponges that regulate the flow of water. They absorb in the wet season and releases in the dry season.
In our race to conquer more land, we have reclaimed them as pasture for our livestock or as the land for agriculture, or building. In the last century, half of the world marshes were drained. We know neither their riches nor their roles.
All living matters are linked. Water, air, soil, trees. The world’s magic is right in front of our eyes.
Trees breath ground water into the atmosphere as light mist. The forest provides the humidity that is necessary for life. They store carbon, containing more than all the earth’s atmosphere. They are the cornerstone of the climatic balance of which we all depend.
The trees of the primary forest provide a habitat for three quarters of the planet’s biodiversity. That’s to say of all life on earth. These forests provide remedies that cure us. The substances secreted by these plants could be recognized by our bodies. Our cells talk the same language. We are from the same family. But in barely 40 years, the world’s largest rain forest, the amazon, has been reduced by 20 %. The forest gives away to the cattle ranchers or soybean farms. 95% of the soybeans are used to feed livestock and poultry in Europe and Asia. And so forest is turned into meat.
The clock of climate change is ticking in these magnificent landscapes. Here in Siberia and elsewhere across the globe, it is so cold that the ground is constantly frozen. It’s known as permafrost. Under it’s surface lies the climatic time bomb, methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. If the permafrost melts, the methane released could cause the greenhouse effect to race out of control with consequences no one could predict. You would literally be in unknown territory.
Humanity has no more than 10 year to reverse the trend and avoid crossing into this territory.
Life on earth as we have never known.
We have created phenomena we can not control. Since our origins, water, air and forms of life are intimately linked. But recently, we have broken those links. Let’s face the facts. We must face what we know. All that we have just seen is just reflection of human behavior. We have shaped the earth in our image. We have little time to change. How can this century carry a burden of nine billion human beings if we refuse to be called to account for everything we alone have done.
20% of the world’s population consumes 80% of its resources.
Nearly 1 billion people are going hungry.
Over 50% of grain traded around the world is used for animal feed or biofuels.
40% of the arable land has suffered long-term damage.
Every year, 13 million hectares of forest disappear.
One mammal in 4, one bird in 8, one amphibian in 3 are threatened with extinction.
Species are dying out at a rhythm 1000 times faster than the natural rate.
Three quarters of the fishing grounds are exhausted, depleted or in dangerous decline.
The average temperature of the last 15 years have been the highest ever recorded.
The ice cap is 40% thinner than 40 years ago.
There maybe 200 million climate refugees by 2050.
The cost of action is high. Others pay the price without having been actively involved. I have seen refugee camps as big as cities sprawling in the desert. How many men, women and children will be left by the wayside tomorrow?
Let’s be responsible consumers. Think about what would be behind. It’s too late to be pessimistic. I have seen agriculture on the human scale. You can feed the whole planet. Its meat production does not take food from human’s mouth.
It’s time to come together. What’s important is not what’s gone behind, but what remains.
We still have half of the world’s forest, thousands of rivers, lakes, glaciers and thousands of thriving species. We know that the solutions are there today. We all have the power to change. So what we are waiting for?
This article was edited from an online video: The Earth is Crying.
The source link:earthcaring.org/portal.php?mod…
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