Global depletion accelerates as “Adaptation” yields profits

Some get filthy rich while hastening the demise of civilization.

For years the debate has been about whether or not climate change exists and whether not it is being caused by human activity. But now, we see the debate shifting from how to lessen, stop or reverse climate change (mitigation) to how can we save ourselves while making a lot of money off climate change?

A reviewer on Amazon writes: "Therefore our reaction is going to be shaped bottom-up by people who are thinking of personal profit rather than the global good."

A reviewer on Amazon writes: “Therefore our reaction is going to be shaped bottom-up by people who are thinking of personal profit rather than the global good.”

An article by Vox writer Brad Plumer caught my attention yesterday, Meet the companies that are trying to profit from global warming. In the article (see link below), Mr. Plumer interviews McKenzie Funk, the author of Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming. The article opens by citing a list of money making examples put forth by Mr. Funk in his book. Among them:

  1. Melting ice in Greenland opens the door for more mining, more wealth and possible independence from Denmark.
  2. Dutch engineers who’ve grown up under water are selling the idea of “floating cities” for regions of the world that might soon be underwater.
  3. The land-grab is underway as countries and investors rush to buy up farmland to feed their own population in the future.
  4. Using desalination techniques to build a new generation of snowmakers for ski resorts.

Here’s one passage that I found interesting about making money off the land and water crises. The book’s author, Mr. Funk, states:

Yeah, you see big investment banks, big hedge funds — everyone is in on the land rush. Big American banks like Goldman Sachs, Gulf state governments, Chinese state-owned corporations. They’re buying up land in Brazil, Cambodia, Laos, eastern Russia, Ukraine, in addition to the places in Africa that everyone talks about.

And it’s absolutely connected to water. The thing about water is that you can’t move it around in ships very easily. The idea that you’re going to put freshwater from Alaska into a tanker and take it to India or California — the numbers just don’t work. But you can ship food. So essentially buying up farmland abroad is a way for companies and countries to trade virtual water by moving food around the globe.

While reading, I was struck by the fact that none of these ideas do a damn thing to protect the environment. Just the opposite; they accelerate the process of global depletion while enabling a few wealthy investors to get more wealthy. Instead of sleepwalking off a cliff; it’s now as if we’re all racing toward that cliff, where all will eventually perish.

From beginning to end, their thriving civilization lasted about 1,000 years. Then it collapsed after they used up too much of their finite resources.

From beginning to end, their thriving civilization lasted about 1,000 years, then collapsed after finite resources were depleted.

Like the humans who settled lush and tropical Easter Island and built a flourishing economy that supported ten or fifteen thousand people. They made a very nice life for themselves for about a thousand years, but were using up finite resources at a much faster rate than nature could replace them.

By the time the Dutch found them on Easter Sunday in 1722, their civilization had collapsed and the few remaining Rapa Nui had resorted to cannibalism to survive.

The same thing is happening to us now. In the never ending race to maximize the consumption of more STUFF, we’re using up our land, our water, our trees, our minerals—and in the process, we’ve caused our climate to change and the rate of species extinction to surge to over 1,000 times its normal rate.

Sadly, this powerful book of truth has not been read by nearly enough people.

Sadly, this powerful book of truth has not been read by nearly enough people.

And it gets worse every day. As Stephen Emmott points out so clearly in TEN BILLION, one of our biggest problems is how we’re going to feed ourselves in the future. As our population surges and the average person eats more food, we’ll need to produce more food in the next forty years than ALL food that has been produced for the last 10,000 years—combined.

And the only way we can produce that much food is to totally destroy the remaining rainforest and/or to grow food on land in Greenland or Siberia that was once frozen. Although both of those will push us ever more rapidly toward that cliff, our insatiable greed has already started moving us in that direction.

So who or what do we blame for this mess? And how do we fix it? Over the past year, I have written and spoken frequently about the four major problems we must address:

  1. Overpopulation. Still adding almost one million every four days.
  2. Overconsumption. We eventually need a new economic model, one whose primary function is to protect our HOME, Mother Earth.
  3. Dependence on fossil fuels. We’ve made no real progress on this one, as we continue to consume MORE fossil fuels every year.
  4. Eating the wrong food. The leading cause of most of our environmental crises; yet not mentioned by the large environmental groups—because it would hurt their fundraising. Even those we trust are driven more by money than by truly saving the ecosystem that sustains us. (See Cowspiracy.com)

The bad news is that the first three problems will require decades, if not centuries to bring under control. Eventually, we must deal with them, but I have concluded that the ONLY way that will happen is by taking URGENT action NOW with #4—our food choices; thereby buying us the time we need to address all four of these problems.

It all boils down to harmony---all of the compelling reasons for plant-based eating.

It all boils down to harmony—we must quickly learn to live in harmony with nature.

The Bottom Line. With the conversation already shifting from “mitigation” to “adaptation” and personal gains from climate change, it will be even more difficult to stop that money-making juggernaut.

Our ONLY chance is to change what we eat. The good news is that, compared to the first three, that task can be done relatively quickly, easily and inexpensively. But we need powerful leadership who will stand up to the special interests and begin telling people everywhere the complete truth about our food choices—for our health, for our ecosystem and for the longterm survival of our species.

Grassroots change? While grassroots change is great, it’s simply a case of too little, too late this time. We urgently need a MASSIVE, privately-funded, global awareness campaign with a definite plan for repeatedly reaching the most affluent two billion people in the world—those who are eating most of the animal-based foods. That campaign may cost 100 billion dollars or more, but so what?

What good is a pile of money if there is no food, no water and no civilization? Is making money really more important than the livelihood of your grandchildren? — J. Morris Hicks

The following five books and one DVD can be purchased on Amazon for a grand total of less than $60—and will enable you to understand the overwhelming challenges we face—along with the single most-powerful solution of all.

Six-Pack from Hicks—for health, hope & harmony on planet Earth

  1. Healthy Eating, Healthy WorldThe “big picture” about food (our book)
  2. A life changer for millions, including James Cameron. Forks Over Knives DVD 
  3. An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell; the primary book that influenced Bill Clinton to adopt a whole food, plant-based diet.
  4. What have we done to our planet? Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester Brown
  5. A horrifying wake-up call for leaders. TEN BILLION by Dr. Stephen Emmott
  6. Food choices are the primary cause of our environmental problems, yet our world leaders, scientists & experts are Comfortably Unawareby Richard Oppenlander.

Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.

Want to find out how healthy your family is eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes 2 or 3 minutes and you can score it yourself. After taking the survey, please give me your feedback as it will be helpful in the development of our future 4Leaf app for smartphones. Send feedback to jmorrishicks@me.com

International. We’re now reaching people in over 100 countries. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or get daily blog notices by “following” us in the top of the right-hand column. For occasional updates, join our periodic mailing list.

J. Morris Hicks, working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now For help in your own quest to take charge of your health, visit our 4Leaf page and also enjoy some great recipes from Lisa’s 4Leaf Kitchen.

Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmorrishicks@me.com. Or give me a call on my cell at 917-399-9700.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info:

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Relentless Tenacity. Except for occasional bouts of depression

The passing of Robin Williams—a time to talk openly about depression

Robin Williams

Robin Williams

Last week, a famous scientist and author that I greatly respect and admire—sent me this note of encouragement from London.

Hi Jim, Your tenacity on this lot is admirable, I have to say.  Sadly, you are very definitely in a minority.  But keep at it! Best, Stephen

Relentless and tenacity are two of my favorite descriptors when it comes to describing some aspects of leadership—although both words have less than pleasant meanings for some. Let’s see what Webster has to say:

Relentless. Oppressively constant; incessant, nonstop, never-ending.

Tenacity. The quality or fact of being able to grip something firmly. Persistence, determination, perseverance, doggedness, strength of purpose.

Speaking of “grasping something firmly,” yesterday, I decided it was time to update my professional bio, which perhaps more appropriately should be entitled “Finding my passion in life.” In a nutshell, it’s the story of how I transitioned from industrial engineer to business executive to corporate headhunter to an activist, who has recently gripped my new mission firmly. You can read that one-page story online by clicking here.

depressionWhat about depression? From time to time, readers ask me how I can do what I do day after day—and not become depressed. Well, occasionally I do get depressed—and Wednesday was one of those times.

But the good news is that I learned how to “deal with” depression about twenty-five years ago. I learned a simple technique from a mental health professional and, thankfully, never had to return for another visit. Fortunately, I found the rare therapist who didn’t automatically prescribe medication for everything. Here’s the gist of what I learned from him and what I have practiced over the years. It may not work for everyone, but it has worked for me. Here’s what I do:

  1. Remind myself that it’s not all negative; depression can have healing powers.
  2. Don’t try to do too much while depressed. Let those healing powers do their thing. My father was a sales professional and knew that if he was depressed, that he should just stay at home until he felt better.
  3. Remind myself that this acute feeling of depression is temporary and that I will come back even stronger.
  4. Make a list of goals and action steps for achieving those goals.
  5. Start working on that list in earnest.
J. Morris Hicks, promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

J. Morris Hicks, promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

While depressed on Wednesday, I reminded myself of all of the above. Then I woke up yesterday, made a list of things I wanted to accomplish and created a brand new one-pager describing my #1 priority. Armed with that new one-pager, I now feel better equipped to “tell my story” as I go about recruiting that one powerful leader the world so desperately needs. I ended that one-page story with this:

Because of the severity of the emergency we face, we don’t have time for the normal process of grassroots change to happen. That’s why my #1 PRIORITY is recruiting that one powerful leader who can make it happen NOW. How do I describe that person?

I am searching for a proven leader with integrity, courage and a globally-respected name. After becoming fully enlightened regarding the ONLY viable solution to the emergency we face, he/she will know what to do. And I will be there to help!

2200 Success Road was once located in the area occupied by the Memphis Airport today.

2200 Success Road was once located in the area occupied by the Memphis Airport today.

The Bottom Line. I know that what I am trying to do is important. Perhaps more important than ANYTHING else in the history of humanity. I also know that it is a VERY difficult task. Further, I know that there is a reasonable chance that I will fail. Many tell me frequently that I will most certainly fail.

But then I remind myself of something my mother told me many times when I was just a boy.

God gave you a brain and he expects you to use it. You were put here to do something important and I know that you will. I always knew that you would be successful because you were born on Success Road. — Agnes Ware Stanfield Hicks (2200 Success Road, Memphis, TN, is on my birth certificate)

Dedicated to my son and co-author, Jason Stanfield Hicks

One more reason I don’t fear failure. Six grandchildren. I do care what they think about me after I’m gone and I don’t want to let them down. See first blog listed below.

My six grandchildren. Peyton, Colin, Andrew, Cooper, Violet and Evvy

My six grandchildren. Peyton, Collin, Andrew, Cooper, Violet and Evvy

The following five books and one DVD can be purchased on Amazon for a grand total of less than $60—and will enable you to understand the overwhelming challenges we face—along with the single most-powerful solution of all.

Six-Pack from Hicks—for health, hope & harmony on planet Earth

  1. Healthy Eating, Healthy WorldThe “big picture” about food (our book)
  2. A life changer for millions, including James Cameron. Forks Over Knives DVD 
  3. An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell; the primary book that influenced Bill Clinton to adopt a whole food, plant-based diet.
  4. What have we done to our planet? Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester Brown
  5. A horrifying wake-up call for leaders. TEN BILLION by Dr. Stephen Emmott
  6. Food choices are the primary cause of our environmental problems, yet our world leaders, scientists & experts are Comfortably Unawareby Richard Oppenlander.

Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.

Want to find out how healthy your family is eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes 2 or 3 minutes and you can score it yourself. After taking the survey, please give me your feedback as it will be helpful in the development of our future 4Leaf app for smartphones. Send feedback to jmorrishicks@me.com

International. We’re now reaching people in over 100 countries. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or get daily blog notices by “following” us in the top of the right-hand column. For occasional updates, join our periodic mailing list.

J. Morris Hicks, working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now For help in your own quest to take charge of your health, visit our 4Leaf page and also enjoy some great recipes from Lisa’s 4Leaf Kitchen.

Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmorrishicks@me.com. Or give me a call on my cell at 917-399-9700.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info:

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The ONLY viable pathway to SUSTAINABILITY

Addressing the primary four drivers of global depletion

Things that we value most—family, health, freedom, happiness, peace and wealth—do not exist without sustainability. In other words, if we don’t quickly learn how to live in harmony with nature, life will be nothing more than a hell on Earth for those few of us who survive. — J. Morris Hicks

For the past year, I have been writing about the near certain collapse of our civilization before 2100—unless we begin to make some radical changes soon. And we need to make those changes in four critical areas.

The problem is that we simply don’t have the necessary time to address the first three—as we’re rapidly running out of water and land NOW. And the experts agree that we’re rapidly approaching tipping points, beyond which there is no possibility of avoiding the worst effects of climate change—a problem that exacerbates ALL other environmental dilemmas.

We're running out of enough land and water for all of us to survive.

We’re running out of enough land and water for all of us to survive.

The good news is that one of those four critical areas can be addressed quickly, easily and inexpensively. Why is that not happening? Read on. Here’s that list of four:

1. Overpopulation. As a species, it took us 200,000 years to reach the one billion population mark in 1800. Just 100 years later, we hit the two billion mark. Since then, we’ve added another five billion in just the last century and continue to add almost one million people every four days. Since 1800, we’ve grown from one billion to a population of 7.2 Billion.  This problem will take many decades, if not centuries, to bring under control—unless Mother Nature chooses to do it herself. And that would not be a pretty picture.

StoryOfStuff_logo2. Over-consumption. We now have a global economy that encourages infinite consumption in a finite world. We have long since passed the Earth’s human carrying capacity—as we head down the same path as the settlers of Easter Island—rapidly destroying our natural resources—as we all maximize the consumption of more STUFF. Any third grader can tell you that this simply cannot continue. This problem will also take many decades, if not centuries to resolve.

3. Dependence on fossil fuels. Over 80% of the world’s energy consumption is provided by fossil fuels—and that percentage hasn’t changed much in the last twenty years. Further, if we actually burn ALL the known reserves, experts agree that there is no way we can avoid the worst effects of climate change. Even if we were urgently working on replacing fossil fuels with renewables (which we’re not), it would take us twenty years and $18 trillion dollars to switch over to renewables.

That leaves problem #4 as our ONLY viable pathway!

The typical western diet consisting of some form of meat, diary, eggs and/or fish three meals a day

The typical western diet consisting of some form of meat, diary, eggs and/or fish three meals a day

4. We’re eating the wrong food. Back when we were only one billion strong, we could eat almost anything we wanted, and it didn’t seem to make much of a difference. But, at 7.2 billion and growing quickly, our food choices now determine how the entire planet is used.

And the way we have chosen to eat in the developed world, on a per calorie basis, requires over ten times as much land, water and energy as do plant-based calories. Not only are there more people everyday, more people are eating more of the grossly inefficient foods—meat, dairy, eggs and fish.

Simply to feed ourselves for the next forty years, we will need to produce more food than the entire agricultural output of the past 10,000 years combined. — Stephen Emmott, “TEN BILLION”

The Solution. All we need to do is change what we eat as quickly as possible. We must work urgently on the “demand” side of the equation; informing people everywhere about the many reasons they should replace most of their meat, dairy, egg and fish calories (with plant-based alternatives) as quickly as they can.

It all boils down to harmony---all of the compelling reasons for plant-based eating.

We’ve got to start living in harmony with nature, and that is not possible without changing what we eat.

As consumers begin making healthier food choices, markets will quickly respond, people will begin getting healthier, the cost of healthcare will plummet, water will become more plentiful, trees can be planted on the freed-up land and our fragile ecosystem will begin to heal.

Eventually, we must also deal with overpopulation, over-consumption and our dependence on fossil fuels—but those tasks will take many decades, if not centuries.

Taking URGENT action NOW with our food choices can buy us the time we need to address them all.

Lack of Leadership. The above solution to me is like a “blinding flash of the obvious,” yet no world leaders are urgently working on that solution. It’s like every country is out for themselves—with no regard whatsoever to the gross unsuitability of the path we have collectively chosen.

That path is all about consuming as much as possible for as long as possible. Until our civilization collapses and we all become cannibals—fighting each other for enough food and water to survive. I agree with Dr. Emmott’s assessment toward the end of TEN BILLION:

Why we are not doing more about the situation we’re in— given the scale of the problem and the urgency— I simply cannot understand.

A big part of the problem. We’re not getting the information we need. The scale and the nature of the problem is simply not being communicated to us. And when we are advised to do something, it barely makes a dent in the problem.

Even the environmental groups are failing us. I agree with Dr. Emmott. The leaders and experts are not giving us the information we need. And because of special interests, many don’t even know the right information themselves. But that doesn’t lessen the need for disseminating that information as quickly as possible. It is absolutely essential for our survival as a species longterm.

What good is money if there is no food or water? You can't eat or drink this worthless pile of paper.

What good is money if there is no food or water? You can’t eat or drink this worthless pile of paper.

We need powerful leadership and we need it NOW. We must have leaders who’re not afraid to launch a MASSIVE, privately funded and coordinated, global awareness campaign. How much will it cost and how long will it take to make a difference?

It might cost $50 Billion, $100 Billion or several Trillion dollars. But what difference does it make—if it enables us to save our civilization? When our civilization collapses, what good is money anyway?

The Bottom Line. It will be impossible for us to EVER live in harmony with nature—without radically changing what we’re now eating in the developed world. The good news is that making that shift can happen relatively quickly, easily and inexpensively. It all depends on three things: leadership, leadership and leadership.

Please send this blog and my One-Page Recipe for Saving our Ecosystem to everyone you respect as a leader. Maybe one of them will have the courage and integrity to lead us out of the most urgent situation in the history of humanity.

Ask those leaders to read TEN BILLION (#5 below), then the other five sources listed here. They’ll know what to do. Also, have them give me a call as I would love to help. 917-399-9700 in Stamford, CT.

The following five books and one DVD can be purchased on Amazon for a grand total of less than $60—and will enable you to understand the overwhelming challenges we face—along with the single most-powerful solution of all.

Six-Pack from Hicks—for health, hope & harmony on planet Earth

  1. Healthy Eating, Healthy WorldThe “big picture” about food (our book)
  2. A life changer for millions, including James Cameron. Forks Over Knives DVD 
  3. An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell; the primary book that influenced Bill Clinton to adopt a whole food, plant-based diet.
  4. What have we done to our planet? Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester Brown
  5. A horrifying wake-up call for leaders. TEN BILLION by Dr. Stephen Emmott
  6. Food choices are the primary cause of our environmental problems, yet our world leaders, scientists & experts are Comfortably Unawareby Richard Oppenlander.

Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.

Want to find out how healthy your family is eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes 2 or 3 minutes and you can score it yourself. After taking the survey, please give me your feedback as it will be helpful in the development of our future 4Leaf app for smartphones. Send feedback to jmorrishicks@me.com

International. We’re now reaching people in over 100 countries. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or get daily blog notices by “following” us in the top of the right-hand column. For occasional updates, join our periodic mailing list.

J. Morris Hicks, working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now For help in your own quest to take charge of your health, visit our 4Leaf page and also enjoy some great recipes from Lisa’s 4Leaf Kitchen. Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmorrishicks@me.com. Or give me a call on my cell at 917-399-9700.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info:

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SUSTAINABILITY: Confusion reigns over “obvious solution”

NO ONE in the mainstream is talking about the OBVIOUS solution!

60Minutes LogoLast night, I watched the 60 Minutes segment on the billionaires’ “Giving Pledge” that aired last year. Not a single one of them said one word about the obvious solution to water scarcity or climate change—arguably the two most serious issues in the history of humankind.

With Charlie Rose moderating, they talked about dozens of worthy causes, yet not a single one of those initiatives will contribute significantly to our most serious problem—the sustainability of our civilization and, ultimately, our species. On the contrary, there was a lot of joking around and laughter as they each seized opportunities to offer up their “spin” on the challenge of giving away billions of dollars.

3-minute portion of that 60-Minutes segment (Nov. 2013)

Another leader speaks out. Last week, there was an article featuring the chairman of the largest food company in the world, Nestle. He makes a good point, people don’t seem to be paying much attention to the water crisis, which he says is more urgent than climate change. Nestlé warns water scarcity ‘more urgent’ than climate change. But he doesn’t mention how easily that water problem could be solved, while solving climate change at the same time. From the article:

Mr. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe

Mr. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe

“Today, you cannot have a political discussion anywhere without talking about climate change,”Nestlé chairman Peter Brabeck told the Financial Times in an interview. “Nobody talks about the water situation in this sense. And this water problem is much more urgent.

“I am not saying climate change is not important. What I am saying is even without climate change we are running out of water and I think this has to become the first priority,” he said, adding that global warming got more attention because it had “better ambassadors” such as Nobel Prize-winning scientists and Hollywood film makers.

I featured him in one of my 2011 blogs. World hunger, energy, water — and the “obvious” solution. Although he mentioned the gross inefficiencies of our meat-based diet, he never mentioned the OBVIOUS solution. But he did make this point that verifies that he knows about the gross inefficiencies of animal-based foods:

“The demand for meat,” he says, “has a multiplier effect of 10. You need 10 times as much land, 10 times as much [feed], 10 times as much water to produce one calorie of meat as you do to have one calorie of vegetables or grain.”

Jeffrey SachsThen there’s Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. As one of the most widely acclaimed environmentalists of our time, you’d think that he might occasionally mention our food choices as being a great opportunity for curbing climate change or water scarcity. NOT!

In a 7-2-14 article on Climate Change in the Huffington Post, he talks about the 2 degree Celsius limit, yet makes NO MENTION whatsoever of food choices. Rather, he talks about the prospect of all nations working independently to burn less fossil fuels.

Sorry, Jeffrey, but that’s just not going to work. It hasn’t worked for twenty-two consecutive years, what makes you think it’s going to work now? From his article.

The 2-degrees C limit was adopted by all governments in 2010. Since then emissions have kept on rising, and we are running out of time to stay within 2-degres. More precisely, we are running out of our planet’s carbon budget, that is, the amount of carbon we can burn and still remain below 2-degrees C. In just a few years we’ll lose the remaining chance to keep the Earth’s temperature below the 2-degree C limit.

Yet, we can still succeed — if all major economies of the world begin to take strong and consistent actions to decarbonize their national energy systems in three main ways: shifting to low-carbon electricity; moving from fossil fuels to electricity in vehicles and buildings; and massive gains of energy efficiency.

A fourth main global pillar is to shift from deforestation to reforestation and to reduce emissions from agriculture. These transformations are deep, but they are feasible and will not only protect the climate but also boost prosperity if we apply our efforts and ingenuity to the effort.

Hey Jeffrey, to shift to reforestation, you first have to free up land and stop grabbing 30 million acres of rainforest each year so that we can produce more meat.

J. Morris Hicks, always trying to focus on the big picture.

J. Morris Hicks, focusing on the “obvious solution” and searching for that one powerful leader that can make it happen.

The bottom line. Our mainstream leaders are missing the obvious solution. And it’s due to a combination of MONEY, ignorance and popularity. Consider that NONE of our large environmental organizations (Sierra, Greenpeace, Nature Conservancy, etc.) are talking about the leading cause of global warming.

Why not? As Michael Pollan says in the new documentary, Cowspiracy, “it would hurt their fund raising.”

Since NO ONE in the mainstream is mentioning or working on the OBVIOUS solution, I have made that my primary mission—to search for that one powerful leader. We need a globally recognized person with an open mind—coupled with a reputation for integrity and care for the environment.

Once we find that leader, we can then work on helping him/her grasp the “blinding flash of the obvious” that I’ve been talking about for a decade now: “We’re eating the wrong food!” As a corporate headhunter, my new one-pager is a tool that I will use often in that search.

One-Page Recipe for Saving our Ecosystem

Earlier blogs on this topic:

The following five books and one DVD can be purchased on Amazon for a grand total of less than $60—and will enable you to understand the overwhelming challenges we face—along with the single most-powerful solution of all.

Six-Pack from Hicks—for health, hope & harmony on planet Earth

  1. Healthy Eating, Healthy WorldThe “big picture” about food (our book)
  2. A life changer for millions, including James Cameron. Forks Over Knives DVD 
  3. An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell; the primary book that influenced Bill Clinton to adopt a whole food, plant-based diet.
  4. What have we done to our planet? Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester Brown
  5. A horrifying wake-up call for leaders. TEN BILLION by Dr. Stephen Emmott
  6. Food choices are the primary cause of our environmental problems, yet our world leaders, scientists & experts are Comfortably Unawareby Richard Oppenlander.

Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.

Want to find out how healthy your family is eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes 2 or 3 minutes and you can score it yourself. After taking the survey, please give me your feedback as it will be helpful in the development of our future 4Leaf app for smartphones. Send feedback to jmorrishicks@me.com

International. We’re now reaching people in over 100 countries. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or get daily blog notices by “following” us in the top of the right-hand column. For occasional updates, join our periodic mailing list.

J. Morris Hicks, working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now For help in your own quest to take charge of your health, visit our 4Leaf page and also enjoy some great recipes from Lisa’s 4Leaf Kitchen. Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmorrishicks@me.com. Or give me a call on my cell at 917-399-9700.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info:

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The most crucial task in the history of humanity…

URGENTLY needed overhaul of the world’s global feeding model

At Auburn, I studied industrial engineering, where we're always looking for "the biggest bang for the buck."

At Auburn, I studied industrial engineering, where we were taught to always search for “the biggest bang for the buck.” Our global feeding model is the greatest process improvement opportunity—EVER!

As an industrial engineer, I was trained to carefully examine the “big picture” of any process before deciding on a course of action to improve it.

In the printer-friendly one-pager that follows, I examine the world’s global feeding model as a HUGE process that is in desperate need of improvement. In it, I describe the problem, the opportunity, the urgency and the powerful leadership required to get it done.

Now, as a corporate headhunter, I have begun the most important search in the history of the executive search business—searching for (and helping to enlighten) that one powerful global leader who will “catch the vision” and make his/her #1 priority—the URGENT overhaul of our global feeding model. No less than our  future as a species hangs in the balance.

One of my clients is my youngest grandchild, Evvy Laura. Shown here on Day 2 of her life. She will turn 86 in the year 2100.

One of my clients is my youngest grandchild, Evvy Laura. Shown here on Day 2 of her life. She will turn 86 in the year 2100.

So who is my client for this search? As I explain in the one-pager below:

My clients are the children of the world—mine, yours, everyone’s. We cannot let them down!

Here’s that printer friendly…

 One-page recipe for saving our ecosystem

Sharing with others. This one-pager describes a critical analysis of our global feeding model and the powerful leadership required to fix it—before it’s too late. It is now posted near the top of my home page at hpjmh.com — so you can easily tell anyone how to quickly pull it up.

Related blogs on this crucial topic:

The following five books and one DVD can be purchased on Amazon for a grand total of less than $60—and will enable you to understand the overwhelming challenges we face—along with the single most-powerful solution of all.

Six-Pack from Hicks—for health, hope & harmony on planet Earth

  1. Healthy Eating, Healthy WorldThe “big picture” about food (our book)
  2. A life changer for millions, including James Cameron. Forks Over Knives DVD 
  3. An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell; the primary book that influenced Bill Clinton to adopt a whole food, plant-based diet.
  4. What have we done to our planet? Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester Brown
  5. A horrifying wake-up call for leaders. TEN BILLION by Dr. Stephen Emmott
  6. Food choices are the primary cause of our environmental problems, yet our world leaders, scientists & experts are Comfortably Unawareby Richard Oppenlander.

Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.

Want to find out how healthy your family is eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes 2 or 3 minutes and you can score it yourself. After taking the survey, please give me your feedback as it will be helpful in the development of our future 4Leaf app for smartphones. Send feedback to jmorrishicks@me.com

International. We’re now reaching people in over 100 countries. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or get daily blog notices by “following” us in the top of the right-hand column. For occasional updates, join our periodic mailing list.

J. Morris Hicks, working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now For help in your own quest to take charge of your health, visit our 4Leaf page and also enjoy some great recipes from Lisa’s 4Leaf Kitchen. Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmorrishicks@me.com. Or give me a call on my cell at 917-399-9700.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info:

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Collapsed Civilization. Leadership. Harmony.

There are examples of all three in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”

Dawn-of-the-Planet-of-the-Apes1Yesterday, I was among the first hundred people on the East coast who watched Dawn of the Planet of the Apes—enjoying it in a plush theater at 10 o’clock in the morning in 3D. (Don’t worry, no spoiler alert necessary here.)

Why did I want to see it? Last week, I watched an interview of the movie’s producers and realized that not only did it contain a powerful social message, it had other things in common with Avatar. Turns out that the producers met with Avatar’s director, James Cameron in addition to the great Steven Spielberg, collaborating with them on technology and ideas for their movie.

It would appear that those consultations with the greatest two movie directors of all time—paid off handsomely for the viewers. It is a masterpiece. In the paragraphs below, I will try to describe the valuable “take-aways” for me in the movie—without giving away the plot for those of you who have not yet seen it.

Of course, on the morning of 7-12-14, that would be over 99% of the world’s total population. Here are those three powerful examples that I saw:

The apes see the first human that they've seen in ten years.

The apes see the first human they’ve seen in years.

1. Harmony. The first scenes of the movie were set at John Muir State Park north of San Francisco and featured a large colony of highly intelligent apes who were living their lives in complete harmony with the planet.They hadn’t seen a human in years and were thinking that their species may no longer exist.

Later in the movie, the few surviving humans of San Francisco realized that, unlike themselves, their perceived enemy—the throng of apes north of the city didn’t need electric energy or fossil fuel like they did. In fact, they fully understood that the apes didn’t need anything to survive—just mother nature.

Alpha male Caesar in the foreground

Alpha male Caesar in the foreground

2. Leadership. Shortly after the movie began, I noticed the powerful “leadership” example in the alpha male ape who went by the name of Caesar.

Without giving away the movie’s plot, this special creature exhibited the wisdom of Job as he strived to orchestrate a peaceful coexistence for themselves and the planet’s remaining humans. I should point out that one or two of the humans exhibited exceptional leadership as well—but not quite enough to prevent unnecessary loss of lives on both sides.

In the past year, leadership has been my primary focus. As a corporate headhunter for the last fifteen years, I have essentially been operating in the leadership business. That experience has taught me that we should never doubt the incredible miracles that can occur when the right leadership is in place.

That’s why I continue to serve my client (all the children of the world) as I relentlessly search for that one powerful leader we need to help move us rapidly in the direction of living in harmony with nature.

Downtown San Francisco, one of the world's most beautiful cities---before the collapse of civilization

Downtown San Francisco, one of the world’s most beautiful cities—before the collapse of civilization

3. Collapsed Civilization. Lately, as I write about the almost certain collapse of our civilization before the end of this century, I realize that it might be difficult for most people to visualize what that might look like.

This movie does a great job of painting a very graphic picture of a completely collapsed and fragmented civilization. With no electronic communications, the San Francisco survivors have no way of knowing whether there are other pockets of survivors around the world.

What was in it for me? Without a doubt, the three examples so clearly illustrated in the movie, further strengthened my resolve to continue my search for that one powerful leader and a few caring billionaires. Many people continue to tell me that I’m wasting my time—but I have decided not to stop until I am convinced that there is another, more viable path to preventing the collapse of our civilization during the lifetimes of my six grandchildren.

Three reasons for my optimism

  1. We only need to find one powerful leader. Then, he/she brings in the few caring billionaires. In all likelihood, that leader is not now “fully aware” of the importance of our food choices. But if he/she truly cares about the future of their own grandchildren AND has an open mind, it won’t take us long to bring about the conversion to a Caesar-like leader who is ready to give his/her all to save our civilization. And that leader will URGENTLY begin to sell the idea to billions that moving rapidly toward a mostly plant-based diet—is by far the single biggest step we can take—doing more for sustainability than all other possible steps combined. Consider that, right now, NO PROMINENT LEADER anywhere is fully committed to getting that done. And most are completely unaware of the possibility.
  2. I don’t think any other approach is going to work. We simply don’t have enough time. As a business executive and corporate recruiter, I know a thing or two about the miracles that can happen when you have the right kind of fully committed leadership. I’m talking about a leader who fully realizes that we are now facing the most important issue in the history of humanity—and is willing to make it his/her TOP PRIORITY: 24–7–365. This is not the job for a half-hearted, “meatless Monday” or “sustainable beef” kind of person.
  3. Understanding mission and recruiting leadership is what I do.  And I have concluded that it’s the single biggest contribution that I can make personally—leveraging my unique combination of engineering & business experience, skills and talent to the greatest extent possible. I have already made some headway with a few potential “candidates” and have a few others that I am pursuing. I will not give up.

The Bottom Line. Go see the movie and be on the lookout for those three examples that I mentioned. One more thing, like Avatar, Rocky and many others—there will be more sequels to this remarkable film. Enjoy!

You're going to like Caesar, the kind of leader we need.

You’re going to like Caesar, the kind of leader we need.

A few other blogs on this topic:

The following five books and one DVD can be purchased on Amazon for a grand total of less than $60—and will enable you to understand the overwhelming challenges we face—along with the single most-powerful solution of all.

Six-Pack from Hicks—for health, hope & harmony on planet Earth

  1. Healthy Eating, Healthy WorldThe “big picture” about food (our book)
  2. A life changer for millions, including James Cameron. Forks Over Knives DVD 
  3. An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell; the primary book that influenced Bill Clinton to adopt a whole food, plant-based diet.
  4. What have we done to our planet? Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester Brown
  5. A horrifying wake-up call for leaders. TEN BILLION by Dr. Stephen Emmott
  6. Food choices are the primary cause of our environmental problems, yet our world leaders, scientists & experts are Comfortably Unawareby Richard Oppenlander.

Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.

Want to find out how healthy your family is eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes 2 or 3 minutes and you can score it yourself. After taking the survey, please give me your feedback as it will be helpful in the development of our future 4Leaf app for smartphones. Send feedback to jmorrishicks@me.com

International. We’re now reaching people in over 100 countries. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or get daily blog notices by “following” us in the top of the right-hand column. For occasional updates, join our periodic mailing list.

J. Morris Hicks, working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now For help in your own quest to take charge of your health, visit our 4Leaf page and also enjoy some great recipes from Lisa’s 4Leaf Kitchen. Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmorrishicks@me.com. Or give me a call on my cell at 917-399-9700.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info:

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Consensus or Confusion on Climate Change?

Team Consensus wins by the super-lopsided score of 97 to 3. 

Google Logo 2About a year ago, I programmed my Google News account to alert me to all articles about climate change, water scarcity and world hunger. Since then, I’ve probably been alerted to upwards of 10,000 articles. One of them was the scary article that I read on the Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch website yesterday (reviewed later in this post).

But first the consensus discussion. No, I haven’t read all ten thousand articles, but I frequently scan the titles, particularly making a mental note of the number of “believers” and “skeptics” when it comes to climate change. Surprisingly, there seem to be as many articles denying that climate change exists as there are legitimate articles aimed at raising the awareness and the resolve to take action.

One might naturally think that the equal number of articles from each camp suggests that the expert opinions on this crucial topic are about 50-50. This false assumption might lead the innocent, not-too-well-informed reader to just not worry about global warming—since even the experts can’t agree on its existence, its cause and what, if anything, we can do about it.

nasalogo_twitter_400x400And that’s exactly what the vast number of conservatives in the climate change skeptic crowd wants—and that’s why they’re spending so much money challenging the FACT that 97% of the world’s climate scientists agree on the following consensus statement on the NASA website (See link below):

Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities, and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.

Marketwatch-logoSo, what’s the problem? The problem is outlined beautifully in a July 9 article posted on the WSJ’s Market Watch website. The article by Paul Farrell is entitled: 4 reasons why conservatives love global warming, and why they won’t stop it. (See link below). He leads off the article:

All efforts to stop the deadly impact of global warming will ultimately fail. Yes, fail. Our leaders are destroying us from within…America’s leaders are failing us, will never act, till it’s too late to plan for an economic catastrophe. We have lost our soul. He lists the four reasons: 

  1. Overwhelming opposition by the GOP, conservatives and capitalists
  2. Our blind failure to see our planet cannot feed the 10 billion people predicted by 2050.
  3. Our addiction to “more is never enough” consumption.
  4. The irrational, unscientific and ultimately self-destructive belief of capitalism in perpetual economic growth, on a planet of finite resources.

He elaborates on the first reason: Conservative opposition is everywhere, emanating from the economic fears of the energy industry, Big Oil, coal, gas, other polluters. They fear regulation and taxation of carbon emissions will have a major negative impact on their corporate earnings, shareholder dividends and will increase production costs, limit access to resources.

They spend hundreds of millions lobbying politicians and it works. California Gov. Jerry Brown says there’s “virtually no Republican” in Washington that accepts climate science and most GOP governors “openly deny climate science,” despite widespread scientific evidence.

Farrell sees no viable solution in sight. Even so, I recommend that you read the entire article. While depressing, it points out the need for a quantum leap when it comes to the required paradigm shift regarding the leading cause of climate change—and the easiest and quickest to address.

Promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth

Promoting health, hope & harmony on planet Earth—with the “Save the world” diet.

To me, the necessary solution is a “blinding flash of the obvious.” We simply need to change what we eat—and we need to do it quickly. I explain the solution succinctly in my 4th of July one-page recipe for saving our ecosystem.

While Farrell does mention the fact that we won’t be able to feed our ten billion residents by 2050, he never acknowledges the relatively simple process of changing what we eat.

If we all just replaced 75% of our animal-based calories with plant-based, we’d feed all the people, free up half the land devoted to agriculture, and reduce the #1 cause of global warming by 75%.

Farrell ends his piece by quoting Australian Ethics Professor Clive Hamilton:

After resisting the truth about climate change, the planet enters “a chaotic era lasting thousands of years,” a time when human beings may no longer be “a force on the planet, nor even survive,” but a “time when “one thing is certain: there will be far fewer of us.”

Sources and related blogs:

The following five books and one DVD can be purchased on Amazon for a grand total of less than $60—and will enable you to understand the overwhelming challenges we face—along with the single most-powerful solution of all.

Six-Pack from Hicks—for health, hope & harmony on planet Earth

  1. Healthy Eating, Healthy WorldThe “big picture” about food (our book)
  2. A life changer for millions, including James Cameron. Forks Over Knives DVD 
  3. An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell; the primary book that influenced Bill Clinton to adopt a whole food, plant-based diet.
  4. What have we done to our planet? Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester Brown
  5. A horrifying wake-up call for leaders. TEN BILLION by Dr. Stephen Emmott
  6. Food choices are the primary cause of our environmental problems, yet our world leaders, scientists & experts are Comfortably Unawareby Richard Oppenlander.

Why should we be eating mostly plants? The “big picture” in 4 minutes.

Want to find out how healthy your family is eating? Take our free 4Leaf Survey. It takes 2 or 3 minutes and you can score it yourself. After taking the survey, please give me your feedback as it will be helpful in the development of our future 4Leaf app for smartphones. Send feedback to jmorrishicks@me.com

International. We’re now reaching people in over 100 countries. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or get daily blog notices by “following” us in the top of the right-hand column. For occasional updates, join our periodic mailing list.

J. Morris Hicks, working daily to promote health, hope and harmony on planet Earth.

To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now For help in your own quest to take charge of your health, visit our 4Leaf page and also enjoy some great recipes from Lisa’s 4Leaf Kitchen. Got a question? Let me hear from you at jmorrishicks@me.com. Or give me a call on my cell at 917-399-9700.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member since 2012; click banner for more info:

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2. Out-of-control population is the biggest driver of global warmingThe United Nations predicts global population will exceed 10 billion by 2050, adding three billion more human beings in one short generation, on a planet of rapidly dwindling resources. Plus science is already warning us we cannot feed everybody. In his new book, “The Countdown,” Alan Weisman, author of an earlier bestseller, “World Without Us,” asks the taboo question no politician can ask: “How many people can our planet hold?”Weisman’s answers are deadly: What if science confirms that a “sustainable population is even less than the 7 billion we already number … how do we design an economy for a shrinking, and then a stable one, meaning, an economy that can prosper without depending on constant growth?” Weisman also offers a solution: “Social objections aside, if the entire world adopted a one-child policy” then by 2100, we’d “be back to 1.6 billion, our population in 1900.” But politicians will be silent … till it’s too late.

 

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