Before Mother Nature can no longer sustain us as a species.
There are now seven billion people on this planet and we’re adding another 240,000 every day. We’re running out of land, we’re running out of water and the number one driver of global warming (eating animals) continues to strengthen. What’s wrong with this picture?
What’s wrong is that we’re rapidly moving down the road toward the end of our civilization and, ultimately, the end of our species. So why are none of our leaders talking about it? The short answer is that they’re all “comfortably unaware” of the extent of the problems we face. I have concluded that it is our job (average citizens like us) to make them aware. And that’s what I am doing here.
During the past year, I have read—and recommended often—three powerful books about global depletion and the unprecedented planetary emergency we face if we don’t take decisive action VERY soon. All three of these books appear on my STORE page and are available on Amazon in either paperback or Kindle.
Why not send the trilogy to your friends who call themselves environmentalists this holiday season? Even most environmentalists are completely unaware of the single biggest cause of global warming and water scarcity. It’s our harmful, wasteful and totally unsustainable food choices of meat, dairy, eggs or fish (MDEF) three meals a day.
I should add that two of the three books featured below make no mention of the plant-based solution to so many of our environmental problems. Emmott and Brown do a great job of describing the problem, but only Oppenlander paints a clear picture of the obvious solution.
TEN BILLION by Stephen Emmott, PhD. As of late 2013, this is my most recommended book—for people who are interested in learning more about the sustainability of humankind. I recommended it to James Cameron on 9-14-13 and he and wife Suzy read it the next day.
I first read about this powerful book in July, 2013; then purchased a Kindle copy when it was published in early September. Dr. Emmott is a scientist who heads up computational for Microsoft in the UK. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Oxford. Wanting his message to be a wake-up call to leaders everywhere, he paints a bleak (almost hopeless) picture in this book.
But I am more optimistic because I see a plant-based solution out of the global mess that he so brilliantly describes. I visited with him in London on 10-9-13 and reviewed my plan with him. He agreed that it was the best plan that he had heard. Click here to order on Amazon.
Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester Brown. After writing over fifty books, Mr. Brown has hit a home run with this one. One of the most prolific environmental writers in history, Brown describes a host of alarming issues—none of which are getting better.
Like Emmott in TEN BILLION, he describes an almost impossible situation as it relates to global depletion of our essential natural resources. Also, like Emmott, he offers no plausible solution for dealing with the dilemma that he describes so powerfully in his book. So I reached out to him recently and scheduled a visit with him in his Washington, DC office.
Instead, we ended up having a phone interview on 11-21-13—and I got the chance to ask him the all-important question about a possible plant-based solution to the dilemma he portrayed. “What would be the global environmental impact if the most affluent two billion people in the world replaced 75% of their meat, dairy, egg and fish calories with plant-based calories?”
He replied that it would take a research study to accurately predict but then added, “It would be a substantially positive impact.” Click here to order on Amazon.
Comfortably Unaware by Dr. Richard Oppenlander. The single biggest problem that humankind faces is the rapid pace with which we are consuming our finite natural resources—with land and water topping the list. Richard begins by defining the URGENCY in great detail.
He then tackles Problem #2. Virtually all of our citizens, including our world leaders and environmental experts, are comfortably unaware of the extent of the problem, the most powerful driver of the problem and the obvious solution.
Like me, Oppenlander sees the plant-based solution out of the mess described in his book, Emmott’s book and Brown’s book. But, as he points out, our leaders are not aware of the plant-based solution and seem to have no interest in learning about it. I got to know Richard earlier this year and co-presented with him at an environmental summit in California on 11-24-13; I highly recommend his book. Click here to purchase on Amazon. Also, I highly recommend Richard’s latest book, published 11-19-13. Food Choice and Sustainability: Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work
For your convenience, I have provided a few links to earlier blogs.
- My first blog about TEN BILLION, 7-8-13. Are humans the “infestation” of planet Earth?
- My 10-11-12 blog about Full Planet, Empty Plates. Too many people, wasting resources, eating the wrong food…
- My 8-25-13 about Oppenlander’s book. The TERRIFYING repercussions of our DEMAND for meat
- Bill McKibben’s July 2012 Rolling Stone article. Global Warming’s Terrifying new math.
Handy 5-piece take-charge-of-your-health kit—from Amazon.com
- The movie that’s changing the lives of millions: Forks Over Knives DVD
- Healthy Eating, Healthy World, The “big picture” about food (our book)
- An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- Dr. McDougall’s new book, The Starch Solution, with lots of great recipes.
- Dr. Campbell’s new book: WHOLE, Rethinking the Science of Nutrition
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—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation