And not ONE mention of the single biggest cause—food choices
My Google account is programmed to send me ten new articles about global warming everyday. A total of 3,650 articles a year—with most of them contradicting all the others. Many of the articles are skeptical that global warming even exists and none of them ever mention the #1 cause.
Why is that? Money! There are trillions of dollars riding on maintaining the status quo with regards to how we live, reproduce, consume, travel and EAT. The problem is that the future of our ecosystem is riding on kicking that status quo to the ditch—and making some HUGE changes fast. Of course, the easiest, quickest and least expensive change we can make is to replace most of our animal-based food calories with health-promoting, whole, plant-based foods.
As for global warming, listed below are eight of the ten articles that I received yesterday—with one paragraph from each. You can click on each of the links if you want to see more. These articles remind me of the evening news and all the contradictory information you hear everyday about healthcare. In both cases, our news media is failing us—not telling us what we really need to do to promote our own health—and the health of the ecosystem that sustains us.
Eight Global Warming Articles
- The Oceans Ate Global Warming? (Skeptical) People who are well-informed know that the global warming superstition is based exclusively on computer models. Those models are essentially video games, like virtual reality. You may have heard the saying “garbage in, garbage out.” Speculation put on a computer is still speculation
- Fix for global warming is not either/or. (Rational) One of the strongest arguments levied against serious remedies is that we must choose between the environment and our economy. If we move away from fossil fuels and strengthen our commitment to renewable energy sources, we will impede economic growth, hurt business and hamper job creation. That argument — that it’s either/or — is now being refuted by some powerful voices in the economic sphere.
- Sorry, Steve Running, Wildfires Are Decreasing with Global Warming (Skeptical) A Billings Gazette article last week quoted University of Montana global warming activist Steve Running claiming major wildfires have quadrupled since 1986, but the facts show wildfires are actually declining.
- Honeywell’s Low-Global-Warming Material Insulates Net-Zero Energy Home (Product Promo) Honeywell’s Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent — an ultra low-global-warming-potential foam blowing agent — has been used to help insulate a net-zero energy home project at Purdue University, the company says.
- Global Economies Must Decrease CO2 Emissions By 5 Times Current Levels (Rational) Global economies must cut their energy-related carbon emissions for every dollar of GDP by 6.2 percent — more than five times the rate currently achieved — every year from now to 2100 in order to to limit global warming to 2°C, according to a new report by PwC. Scientists agree 2°C of warming is the limit needed to ensure the serious risks of climate change impacts are avoided worldwide.
- Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind (NY Times) Germans will soon be getting 30 percent of their power from renewable energy sources. Many smaller countries are beating that, but Germany is by far the largest industrial power to reach that level in the modern era. It is more than twice the percentage in the United States.
- Rich philanthropists urged to invest in ‘saving civilisation’ by putting money into fighting global warming. (Rational) “Climate change has the capacity to overwhelm all efforts in other areas such as poverty and biodiversity. Anyone concerned about improving quality of life or protecting natural areas should know that unless they also act on climate, they are likely to waste their efforts,” said Paul Gilding, an Australian environmentalist. The call to action comes a week before world leaders are due to attend a UN climate summit in New York.
- Fixing Climate Change May Add No Costs, Report Says (NY Times)When the secondary benefits of greener policies — like lower fuel costs, fewer premature deaths from air pollution and reduced medical bills — are taken into account, the changes might wind up saving money, according to the findings of the group, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.
Ready for some CLARITY about climate change?
Only one PRAGMATIC way to stop climate change! (My blog of 9-12-14)
Food Choices. The primary cause of global warming? (My blog of 2-4-14)
Ready for some CLARITY about healthcare?
Medicine is not healthcare — Food is healthcare.
Medicine is sick-care — Let’s all get this straight for a change. — Anonymous
The real beauty of this desperate situation is that if we eat the right foods to stop global warming, we’ll also promote the best health for ourselves; thereby slashing the global healthcare bill by trillions of dollars. — J. Morris Hicks
The Bottom Line. One of my blog readers on the Isle of Wight told me in 2011 that my daily blog was like a relentless drumbeat—a never ending repackaging of the same message.
She was right, and while I no longer publish a blog every single day, my relentless message is now more focused on the single most important issue in the history of humanity—SUSTAINABILITY of our ecosystem and our species. NOTHING is more Important than Sustainability!
Sometimes, all of this can be depressing—especially, when no one in the mainstream is listening; prompting me to publish this blog last month. Relentless Tenacity. Except for occasional bouts of depression
One more thing. I also get ten new articles everyday about water scarcity and world hunger—two more desperate situations that share the same primary cause as global warming and human health issues. WE’RE EATING THE WRONG FOOD! (This is my 866th blog-post since launching this website in February of 2011.)
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- A life changer for millions, including James Cameron. Forks Over Knives DVD
- 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.
- What have we done to our planet? Full Planet, Empty Plates by Lester Brown
- A horrifying wake-up call for leaders. TEN BILLION by Dr. Stephen Emmott
- Food choices are the primary cause of our environmental problems, yet our world leaders, scientists & experts are Comfortably Unaware, by Richard Oppenlander.
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Hey Jim, how about updating us on what changes you see and what progress, if any, you have made?
From my part of the world, I see more fat and obese people, supermarkets are still bustling, restaurants are still feeding SAD . . . and the people are still lapping it up.
Change, how sweet the sound but don’t worry America – your time will come – and then you will pay the piper.
Hi Sal, Always good to hear from you—my good friend who’s probably read more of my blogs than anyone. So what progress have I made, you ask? Without meaning to toot my own horn, here’s my latest Top Ten List:
1. Since launching the blog in 2011, I have heard directly from hundreds of people, many of them crediting me for saving their lives. Would you agree that saving just one life would justify the ten thousand hours I have devoted to my work since 2002?
2. Two of my most-viewed blogs are about health coaching: the first about the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and the other about the difficulty of making a living as a health coach. Each has been viewed thousands of times and has probably led many to choose Dr. Campbell’s eCornell course in plant-based nutrition over the IIN two-year health coaching program. What impact that will have is what I call “unknowable” data at this point—but it could only be good as almost half of his students are MDs or other medical practitioners, earning CME credits.
3. My two visits with James Cameron last year resulted in him launching a global awareness campaign promoting plant-based eating for health AND environmental reasons. My influence may also result in more powerful SUSTAINABILITY messages in the three upcoming Avatar sequels—all of which will be seen by hundreds of millions of people.
4. One medical doctor in Canandaigua, NY (Finger Lakes Region) has printed hundreds of copies of my 4Leaf Survey and has given out over fifty copies of my book. Dr. Kerry Graff says that the use of the content on my website has been a “huge freaking success” with her patients.
5. I got a call yesterday from a medical doctor in Canada who’d found my material and wants to use my 4Leaf content in his transition from “sick-care” to true healthcare in his practice.
6. The eCornell plant-based online course is now using my 4Leaf Survey for ALL of the thousands of people who take that course every year. You can find it at eCornell.com/4Leaf-Survey.
7. Just got an email this morning from someone who wants to advertise on my site. That tells me that my traffic is still growing. It will also enable me to continue making a living in a field of study that doesn’t pay very well.
8. Speaking of earning a living, I currently have four speaking gigs on my schedule during the next two months—the most ever. From a medical practice in New York, to a 22,000-student college in Colorado, to 220 middle-school students in Connecticut—-and finally, to a 10-day immersion retreat (220 people) in the Dominican Republic.
9. I have been instrumental in the launch of The Plantrician Project (plantrician.org), which is hosting the second annual international plant-based healthcare conference (for medical practitioners) in San Diego this week. Much of the content on their site originated in my blogs. This week, their conference is drawing over 400 people from 14 countries.
10. I recently met with THE leading First Amendment attorney in the country regarding an issue that could make a huge difference in the widespread distribution of the real truth about nutrition in this country—and abroad.
Without my relentless blogging, writing, speaking and activism—none of the above would have happened? Has it been worth my time? ABSOLUTELY!! Has progress been slower that I would have liked? YES! Do I get depressed from time to time? YES? Do I plan to stop what I am doing? NEVER!
Let’s have lunch in New York soon. Your friend, Jim
PS: What changes do I see? Not nearly enough, but more and more people are talking about the importance of food choices—and we’ll eventually reach a critical mass. Remember, the percent of the population needed to start a revolution is a lot closer to 10% than it is to 50%.