This Site is ALL about Promoting Health. For Ourselves. For Our Planet. For our Future.
- Slides from May 2022 ZOOM talk: Food, Climate. Leadership. And the Future of Humanity
- Link to the Video of that talk
- E-mail me to arrange for virtual or in-person presentations: firstname.lastname@example.org
Two Free Books for the International Public
- Our 2020 book, OUTCRY, published on the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day on 4-22-20, provides a “big picture” understanding of our situation and what we must do for long-term survival as a species. I am now calling it a User’s Guide to preserving planet Earth’s ability to sustain us. Meet the authors: J. Morris Hicks and Stuart Scott
- 4Leaf Guide to Vibrant Health Want to get healthy, save money, lose weight AND help preserve the ecosystem that keeps us alive? Meet the authors: Kerry Graff, MD and J. Morris Hicks
This Home Page features concise, “big picture” information about the way we humans are living on planet Earth. All eight billion of us are passengers on Spaceship Earth and we are rocketing around the sun once a year at a steady speed of 67,000 miles per hour. For “Big Picture” information for keeping our spaceship safe for humans, continue reading this home page that begins with the origin of our home planet.
Let’s start from the beginning. Mother Earth has been making a yearly journey around the sun for over four billion years — whereas we humans have only been onboard for about 300,000 years — a mere blink of the eye in cosmic time.
As with all of the other billions of species that have lived on this planet, we humans lived in harmony with nature for over 99% of our time here. But, in just the last 100 years, we have lost our way and are no longer living according to Mother Nature’s rules.
So what must we do to get back in her good graces? Here’s what she had to say about that in the Foreword to OUTCRY. In addition to reading that 2020 book, please take a thoughtful look at all of the background information below.
It all starts with the question on this image that appears twice in OUTCRY, where we strive to answer that question. Click here to access the complete book for FREE.
As we strive to answer the above question, let’s assess how “greenly” we are living now. I encourage you to invest about two hours and watch the three videos below. The first one is the newest (2021) and is only two minutes. I refer to it as a “big picture rant” from an enlightened, passionate scientist in Australia.
The second one (also from 2021) is 33 minutes and provides a baseline understanding of our current predicament on Planet Earth. The last video is an 84-minute work of art. It was filmed by Dr. Stephen Emmott and is what I refer to as a video version of his 2013 book, TEN BILLION — a magnificent one-hour read that changed my life:
- “Big Picture” rant from an enlightened professor of ecology at Flinders University in Australia. Dr. Corey Bradshaw talks about his January 2021 paper entitled: “Underestimating the challenges of avoiding a ghastly future.” He tells it like it is in this two-minute video.
- Michael Dowd 2021 Understanding our Predicament (33 min)
- Stephen Emmott’s 2013 Ten Billion (84 minute video). This book was a real eye opener for me as I learned about the deep trouble in which we find ourselves. Since reading this book, I have made the promotion of sustainable living on this planet my major definite purpose in life. Here’s a link to my story of enlightenment.
Scroll down for more info relative to our ongoing process of quickly learning to live sustainably on the only planet in the universe capable of keeping us alive.
S.O.S. Memos (Saving Our Species). Leveraging the most famous distress signal in the world, I publish these highly-focused memos every Tuesday at 4 pm Eastern. They are aimed at promoting the need to totally reinvent the way we live on this planet. You can access all previous memos and join our mailing list at S.O.S. Memos
The “Protein Myth” is a big part of our problem. My definition of that myth appears below. This unfortunate myth is an enormous, yet easily-removable barrier to sustainable living—resulting in what I have dubbed Locked Brain Syndrome or LBS:
Because of the mistaken, yet ubiquitous, belief that humans actually need to eat animal protein to be healthy—a host of incredibly powerful, plant-based solutions to the world’s most serious health, hunger and sustainability crises never even make it to the table for consideration.
For this reason, I consider this “protein myth” to be the single most serious obstacle to our long-term survival as a species. For if we cannot take the “animal out of the equation” when it comes to feeding ourselves, I can’t imagine that we will ever learn to live in harmony with nature—thereby placing the future of our civilization (and our species) in serious jeopardy.
World Bank researchers, Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang make that fact abundantly clear in their 2009 paper, Livestock and Climate Change, in which they concluded that our consumption of animal-based foods is responsible for “at least 51%” of all human-induced greenhouse gases. That’s more than the total of ALL OTHER sources of those deadly gases—combined.
It gets worse, in May of 2020, Dr. Sailesh Rao’s new peer-reviewed position paper concludes that animal agriculture accounts for a whopping 87% of all greenhouse gas emissions: Animal Agriculture is the Leading Cause of Climate Change
Overpopulation continues to be one of our most challenging issues. The most disturbing part about our dilemma is that many of the world’s religions and governments consider it immoral for a woman to practice birth control. Want to see a dramatic illustration of our population growth for the past two thousand years? The dynamic 5-minute video below is one of the best I have ever seen.
Each bright yellow dot on the world map below represents the addition of one million humans, and by the year 2000, it looks like the entire world is “on fire” as we add almost three billion people during the final seconds (from the year 2000 to 2050).
Global Population Update. Having almost quadrupled during my lifetime of 77 years, it now stands at just over 7.97 billion, as of August 2022— and we are still adding over six million every month (births minus deaths). Check out the latest World Population. The U.N. projects that we will reach ten billion by 2056.
2022 Situation Assessment. In addition to our grossly unsustainable food choices and excessive consumption levels, we’re also adding vast amounts of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere—having passed the maximum “safe” level of 350 ppm of CO2 over thirty years ago on our way to the record 422 ppm that we reached in May of 2022. Read how I described our current dilemma in Chapter Six of our 2020 book, OUTCRY.
A key point regarding energy and consumption. As Micheal Moore pointed in a recent movie, Planet of the Humans, just eliminating fossil fuels will not get the job done. We must also drastically reduce our consumption of natural resources. According to my own research, I estimate that we need to reduce all human consumption by at least 80% in order to truly live sustainably. For that, we must design a completely new “system” of living for everyone in the developed world.
I believe that it is technically possible to get that done — and still be able to provide an exceptionally satisfying way of life for all of humanity. That overall vision is what we describe in our book, Outcry — a two-hour read that will hopefully be read and acted upon by enough people to make a difference.
Because of all of the above, it is no longer a matter of just eating more sustainable foods, installing solar panels, recycling, taking shorter showers, managing thermostats and driving electric cars—I am convinced that we must totally re-invent the way we live on this planet. In order to give ourselves the best chance of surviving long-term as a species, we must quickly answer the question mentioned earlier: “How Green is Green Enough?” And then we need to urgently get focused on moving in that direction.
The Bottom Line. We must have sweeping systemic change in the way we live throughout the developed world. Our current “system” of living must be replaced and we, as individuals, are not equipped to replace that system. For such a massive undertaking, we will need the active participation of collaborative governments around the world. How can we influence them to begin collaborating? We can all work to jumpstart the ungently needed global conversation regarding the “title” question in the slide near the top of this page, How Green is Green Enough? We need to start talking about it.
What can you do? Read OUTCRY for FREE and encourage others to do the same. You can also host book parties to discuss with family, friends and co-workers. Ask me to join your discussions via Zoom. Also, send everyone you know to hpjmh.com. This is not a drill.
We are in trouble and we’re all in this together. Let’s exhaust all possibilities for finding a solution to the ever-worsening dilemma in which we all find ourselves.
Want to discuss any of the above? If you have questions or want to arrange for a ZOOM presentation, send me a message at email@example.com
Notice the 4Leaf on my New York license plate below. It is a constant reminder to everyone that if we eat in the manner that is best for ourselves, it is also best for the health of our planet. Click here to access the complete 4Leaf Guide FREE of charge.