Earth Day—-21 things to share with your loved ones…

About Land, Water and Energy

Earth Day–Today–Sunday–April 22 Last year, I posted my first “Earth Day” blog. It’s Earth Day — Do something memorable…

This year, I decided to do a little research and discovered an article (See link below) in the New York Times featuring ten ways to learn about the environment. Sadly, not one of them dealt with the incredibly harmful and wasteful impact of our meat and dairy habits on the environment and our finite supply of fossil fuels.

For those who are seriously interested in learning more about being more “green” this Earth Day, I recommend taking a look at the big three: our land, our water and our fossil fuel supply that we have remaining. Then think of the number 10. Now, for a statement that I first made in our book and have already made at least 100 times on this blog:

It takes at least ten times as much land, water and energy to produce the same amount of calories with meat, dairy and eggs as it does for whole, plant-based foods.

As for the big three: Land, Water and Energy; I went back through the past 440 consecutive daily blogs and pulled out seven for each of the above — with this big picture one as a bonus. When we learn how to live in harmony with our environment and all the other creatures, we will once again be 100% green and won’t have to try to become “greener” on just one day of the year.

Burning trees in the Amazon to feed pigs in China---an environmental disaster

The Environment in General — my top seven blogs

  1. U.N. urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet
  2. Biodiversity issues — driven by livestock (Sound Bites)
  3. Land, Topsoil and Trees — livestock damage (Sound Bites)
  4. Burning trees in the Amazon — to feed pigs in China
  5. Flatulent cows…and saving the planet
  6. My “blinding flash of the obvious” in 2003…
  7. What I choose to to eat is my own business. Well, not entirely.

Water---our most precious and most essential natural resource

Water (shortage and pollution) — my top seven blogs

  1. World Water Day was Thursday, 3-22-12
  2. Water shortage and pollution caused by livestock
  3. When the Nile Runs Dry; NYT Op-Ed — pretty scary
  4. With the unofficial start of summer…it’s all about the water
  5. It’s all about the WATER…huge problem – simple solution
  6. Water…essential for life
  7. Fish-Farming — A sad “solution” to an unnecessary problem

Every year, our rigs are more dangerous and drill deeper as we go after every drop of oil we can find.

Energy, carbon footprint, etc. — my top seven blogs.

  1. “Drill Baby, Drill” is not the answer; nor is Newt’s $2.50/gal.
  2. Unsustainable. The end of cheap oil may be our friend.
  3. Peak Oil — Food Supply — Global Economy. All connected?
  4. Finite Fossil Fuels…3 ways to make them last longer
  5. High gas prices — the silver lining…
  6. Worried about gas prices? You ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.
  7. The Price of Oil…and the food we eat
Promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth

What's good for our health, is also good for the planet --- and all of her creatures.

The Bottom Line. I am reminded of a quote by Howard Lyman a few years ago. “If you’re still eating meat, dairy and eggs—you should no longer be allowed to call yourself an environmentalist.” And there’s just one more point to be made:

In addition to all of the above, what we have now is simply unsustainable—and if we don’t quickly figure out how to get out of this mess—we’ll leave Mother Nature no other choice but to do it herself. And that will not be pretty.

My “Earth Day” article for FoodChannel. Healthy eating does a planet good!

A big picture blogpost. Health, Hope and Harmony — and the food we eat

New York Times article: 10 Ways to Learn About the Environment …

Earth Day 2012 – Mobilize the Earth | Earth Day Network

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—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation

About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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1 Response to Earth Day—-21 things to share with your loved ones…

  1. Jim,
    Thanks for all those great blogs. I saw a lady on CNN, I believe, that was complaining about the incredible problem of waste disposal from a cattle and pig factory near her family farm — millions of gallons of waste (including:antibiotics, hormones, in addition to normal waste) in lagoons, that were then later pumped into waterways. This has got to be regulated and controlled at the least, stopped as best case. We are destroying the planet raising food that is killing us.

    Keep up the good work, Your Friend from Texas,

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