Our Own Health Or Our Ecosystem?


My Earth Day article on Dr. Colin Campbell’s website

Promoting health, hope and harmony on planet Earth

To me, this is the classic Earth Day image–telling the story of what we must do to save our ecosystem. We must urgently begin to eat the right food for our species.

Happy Earth Day! Since I began blogging back in February of 2011, I have published almost 900 articles. In the beginning, I blogged a lot about human health and much less about the health of our environment.

But that has changed in recent years as I have shifted most of my focus toward the most important topic in the history of humankind–the SUSTAINABILITY of the ecosystem that gives us life. As such, about 90% of my most-recent 200 articles have been devoted to sustainability. The way I figure it, what good is anything else without sustainability?

Compared to sustainability, all other human issues shrink to insignificance. –J. Morris Hicks

At the request of Anne Ledbetter, Director of Education at the Center for Nutrition Studies, I prepared my Earth Day article this year exclusively for the TCC CNS, where I have been a board member since 2012. My article, “Our Own Health Or Our Ecosystem?” begins like this:

My guess is that most people would answer that “our own health” is most important. Not because they’re selfish or uncaring about the environment, but because they probably don’t know what’s at stake should our ecosystem no longer be able to sustain us. And they don’t know the most powerful action we can take to promote ecological health.

My answer to the title question is that NOTHING is more important than the sustainability of our ecosystem. That’s because without a healthy ecosystem, our civilization will collapse, making life a hell on Earth for those few of us who survive. And, when that happens, what good is being healthy if we don’t have enough food, water, shelter and clean air?

Continue reading this article at TCC CNS (published 4-22-15)

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

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

URGENT! PlantPure Nation (the documentary) needs your help. With only 21 days remaining, they are less than 2/3 of the way to their crowd-funding goal of $150,000. And the way Kickstarter works, if they don’t hit their goal, they don’t get ANY of the pledged money. Take a look at the Plant Pure Kickstarter page and take part in maximizing the distribution of this powerful movie. For my blog on the movie tour, currently underway, click here.

As for my particular interest in SUSTAINABILITY, you can find that crucial topic featured prominently on my home page at hpjmh.com–with links to many of my earlier blogs. Finally, here are three of my Earth Day articles, beginning with my first one–four years ago today.

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. eCornell is now using our survey in their plant-based nutrition course. Check it out on your smartphone at eCornell.com/4Leaf-Survey.

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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 Program 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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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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2 Responses to Our Own Health Or Our Ecosystem?

  1. kerrygraff@rochester.rr.com says:

    Nice article.

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Lester says:

    Hi Jim, I’ll be attending the screening of PlantPure Nation tomorrow in Columbus, Ohio. Looking forward to joining this movement and meeting the Campbell’s.

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