CODE RED FOR HUMANITY
The UN recently has done a very thorough study on the effect of climate change, and has determined something that I think we all pretty much know at this point...We've passed the point of no return on the effects of global warming.
However, it's not too late to secure a safe to live in climate for future generations... but if we do not act now, the point of climate will surpass being safely livable for us.
Global warming is most likely going to rise to a 1.5 degrees celsius increase of global temperature within the next 20 to 30 years.
The current consequences of global warming humanity has caused are irreversible and will be seen for the next millenia. We will not live to see the planet return to how we knew it.
We have been through SO MUCH, humanity as a whole. And we are still here.
We can be destructive, but we can be adaptive and are capable of making the world a better place.
If you love nature and our planet, please don't give up.
Our planet has been hotter over the last decade than over the last 125,000 years. Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are the highest they've been in two million years.
We can NOT reverse what we have already done, it's not possible. But we can save our planet and encourage flourishing of the environment in the future.
And if we do nothing, or if we do too little, it will be the end of humanity for us.
I want to make this relatively clear.
This is our current trajectory of global warming.
Our current trajectory is escalating to an increased 2 degrees celsius. This is not survivable.
If we continue without inaction, we will die.
This is not doomsaying, this is fact.
This is something we can do about. We are not powerless. Don't give up, keep your head up.
The next more optimistic trajectory is limiting the climate to a 1.5 celsius increase.
This will be an irrevertible change within our lifetime, but will keep the climate survivable.
It will be hard to live with, but we can do it. The changes in our lifetime may be permanent for us, but we can create a better future for others and our planet. If you love our planet, if you love the world we live in, the world we grow with and cultivate, please help us save it. This is possibly the biggest crisis we will ever face in history.
We have to become carbon neutral, and we have to remove carbon from the atmosphere. We must halt our emissions and reduce what has already been done. It's our only option.
Remember to contact your representatives and government, as the biggest changes can come from them.
If you would like to download and review the full study and report from the IPCC, you can view it here.
"Every bit of warming matters, every year matters, every choice matters."
Every single thing you do, no matter how small, every decision you make to make an effort, it matters.
The largest culprit of climate change are fossil fuels.
The alternatives that we have available may not be perfect replacements, but we can't afford inaction right now.
I've seen bickering that it uses fossil fuels to produce alternative energies like windmills and solar panels...
Inaction is far worse than making mistakes. Because we are already currently living with one, worse than any new mistake we could potentially make.
Please pressure your global government into switching to renewable energy. We need public transit. We need to bring back rails. Emissions from transportation and residential energy use are the next biggest culrprits of emissions.
Start by eliminating the biggest culprits.
Contact your representatives to apply restrictions on industries, reduce fossil fuel energy use, and reduce vehicle transmissions.
The next step is reducing carbon from the atmosphere in the form of sequestration.
There are various ways we can do this manually and industriously. But an effective way for all of us to help with sequestration is to restore our forests.
Make sure that you yourself, or that you are working with someone educated on the native plants in your area for this. Planting non native trees is not very helpful...Plant what is supposed to already have been there in the first place.
Again, contact your representatives because the government is capable of managing more widespread methods of sequestration. Pressure them into making changes.
Meanwhile, if you have any land yourself, or you have people in your community who own large plots of land or a reserve, work with your community to reforest the land. Replace dead plots of nothing but grass with forests.
There is also a simple method of plastic sequestration I've recently discovered, which is the idea of "ecobricks" and using densely packed plastic bottles and earth to build walls and usable outside furniture while keeping the plastic intact inside to prevent degradation.
SELF SUFFICIENCY 101
If you live in the US...the odds are you likely live, or come close to living paycheck to paycheck.
Most of us do! At least at the moment of writing this.
Becoming more self-sufficient helps leave money aside to use on entertainment and happiness, because no human being is meant to be doomed to dedicating every waking hour of their life on working, it's inhumane.
Self sufficiency is also more helpful to the environment, because not having to buy everything you need every day to live helps stop the purchasing of items in packaging that can't be recycled, or is otherwise nonbiodegradeable and has to be recycled or it will decompose in a landfill and contaminate it's surroundings, becoming a health hazard.
Recycling is a mostly performative method of environmentalism performed by companies now that biodegradeable packaging is a more viable option, but I'll get into that at some other time.
Anyway, a lot of people don't know how to maximize the most out of the resources they have, so they don't have to waste their hard earned money on necessities when in reality you may have the opportunity to provide these things for yourself without relying 100% on capitalism to provide them for you, which leaves that money available for more luxury items.
If you're reading this, odds are you can't be completely self sufficient, because shit like electricity producing solar panels and windmills cost hundreds to thousands of dollars. That isn't realistic unless you're rich.
They'd save you in the long run, but if you could afford that, you probably wouldn't be here in the first place.
resources and relevant pages:
edible uses for plants
50 WAYS TO BECOME MORE SELF-SUFFICIENT IN 1 HOUR OR LESS
conserve energy future
The Tech That Can Make Your Home Super Self-Sufficient
recycle your waste by mail
Microplastics have moved into virtually every crevice on Earth
->Supplying Your Own Food
->Water and Plumbing
->Reduce, Re-use, Recycle
Grow Your Own Food
If you have any yard available on your property and you own your property, or you have permission from your landlord to grow here, make us of it to grow a garden.
You need a tool to till the soil, like a small hand-held cultivator at the very least.
Non-tilling methods do not really work, and I'll explain why.
Tilling may cause loss of topsoil overtime if you do not properly maintain the soil, so this has arisen in a lot of "alternative strategies" like laying cardboard down to kill the weeds.
This doesn't work, because killing weeds is not why we till in the first place.
We till soil to break it down so that planted seeds will be able to root deeply into it, because roots are not strong enough to break deep into soil on their own.
If you don't till soil, this will result in a stunted and lower producing plant, because it's roots can not spread naturally as they should.
There is no alternative way to break up soil for plants to root deeply in, I'm sorry.
You will just have to learn to take good care of your soil to prevent topsoil loss, and minimize tilled surface area.
Tilling an entire garden plot mechanically is efficient and easy...But that's a lot of unecessarily tilled top soil.
If you have the time and energy, I recommend getting a standing hand tiller to only till around the concentrated areas that you will be planting individual plants.
This is the best way to promote growth and minimize topsoil loss, I think.
This combind with methods of preserving topsoil like adding compost, and using grass clippings or mulch to prevent runoff works pretty well.
Anyway, seeds are relatively cheap from dollar stores, and you can collect seeds of plants at the end of harvesting season to store for next year.
Store seeds in paper or fabric bags, not plastic bags. One, because plastic sucks lol. Two, because plastic retains moisture, and seeds have a lot of moisture when you harvest them from the inside of produce. If you are going to use plastic storage, leave seeds out to dry otherwise they will spread mold and ruin all of the viable seeds they're stored with.
Paper and cloth suck out this moisture and let them dry out automatically so you don't have to worry about that. However, they are also susceptible to bugs, so don't just bury all of your seeds deep down in the back of a shelf somewhere to forget about for several months. Check on them every now and then to make sure there's no pest contamination back there, because insects can eat through your storage bags and eat the seeds, ruining them.
build a compost bin
once you have a garden, you will need a compost bin to get the maximum amount of produce and nutrients out of it.
Compost also helps you maintain your topsoil a bit.
you can use any enclosed container with a lid, like the type that laundry products will usually come in, or any sort of storage tub. you can get these for $10 or under at a department store. You drill holes all over the container and lid, and then you can start layering food scraps and brown waste in there. ANYthing that can hold ANYthing can be a compost bin. Go nuts. If you drill holes in it, throw biodegradeable junk in there. There ya go.
If the compost bin is wet and smells, it needs more brown waste.
- Dry Leaves
- Wood Shavings
I would consider anything that is a bit solid, but breaks down organically, and can absorb and retain the moisture of green waste (more rapidly breaking down and contains liquid, like fruit, vegetables, et cetera.)
don't put meat or dairy products in your compost bin, this is because it can attract bugs and bacteria that might be hazardous to handle and will just honestly be a hassle around the yard.
and don't put any uhh...shit in here unless its cow manure or chicken shit.
idk why i'd have to say that but just in case, don't even think about throwing pet poop or anything in here.
Pets are vector animals for disease because we spend a lot of time around them historically, so a lot of diseases and parasites of theirs can spread to us, so you don't want to be putting their feces in compost that will be put onto your soil and food.
These transmittable diseases and parasites can contaminate the soil, so consuming greens or working with soil that contains it could make you very sick.
don't put any plants in here that are visibly diseased either, like tomatoes with blight, because you'll probably spread the disease to next year's crop. Soil can hold disease for a considerable amount of time. (This is why rotating plants is also important, because individual plant diseases will generally not spread across species of plants, so rotating your types of crops will prevent spread of disease between years.)
start a sourdough starter
Did you know you can use wild yeast to bake with?
It's as easy as just mixing 1 part water, 1 part flour.
To start a sourdough starter, you need a jar, a piece of fabric or paper towel to cover the top with, a rubber band or a hairtie, flour, and water.
You put in one part flour, and one part water into the jar, and mix it up. Cover with the fabric and secure it over the top with a rubber band or a hairtie.
Wait twelve hours, and then it's time to feed it again.
When you go to feed it, move the starter to a new clean jar, mix in one part water one part flour again, and recover it.
Repeat this process and feed the starter twice a day, once every twelve hours, until it's about a week old.
Then, you can move it to a fridge and it will only need to be fed once a week.
When feeding it from the fridge, take it out and let it warm up for a few hours, I usually do 3-4.
This wakes up the wild yeast.
Then you feed it as normally, leave it out for another two hours so it can get started on the new food, and then put it back in the fridge until the next week.
As you take care of it, you will build up excess sourdough starter called discard.
You can store this discard as a second starter to use each week to bake with.
And that's it!
Sourdough starters can all have different tastes, because the wild yeast and bacterial cultures within them can differ from starter to starter.
It's really neat!
Don't keep the water running when you're just brushing your teeth!
Little things matter to your water bill.
Don't run the water for just no reason. stop running the shower water when you're putting soap on, or leaving conditioner in your hair, or shaving, then turn it back on to rinse when you're completely done so it's not just running the entire time into the drain for no reason.
That's wasteful and your wallet will thank you.
When you're warming up your water to shower, you can leave a left over tub, bowl, or bucket under the faucet to collect the excess water, then you can use that water later.
(Don't drink it! Water siting out is bad.)
Excess water that you use out of faucets or doing normal activities that involve plumbing are known as greywater.
Greywater is water that is not completely clean but has the potential of being filtered and reusable, or used in other activities that require water.
You can use stored greywater to dump into your toilet tank when you flush, so that flushing the toilet doesn't use any extra water.
I also use saved water to recycle paper, and water my plants.
never leave shit on when you're not in that room. that's a waste of electricity that you'll be charged for.
don't leave devices running that you don't use.
get power strips to plug in all of your main appliances into like a tv or a pc that you use regularly if you use them, and then switch the power button on the strip off when you aren't using them so these appliances aren't draining electricity when not in use.
My local town actually has built a wind farm, so the past couple years, my electric bill has taken a dive and I don't have to worry about this anymore.
I recommend you talk to someone in having a sustainable electric source built nearby!!
Not only is it good for the environment, it's good for your wallet. ;)
My family has actually switched almost entirely to electric because of this to save money.
We bought an electric stove, because propane prices are insane. We only use gas to shower now.
Just another way being green is a money saver, not an expense. This is why I believe green energy is better for our economy.
How to Do it for Free
take advantage of clearance and sales
i'm not saying just buy random shit just because it's on sale, i'm saying hold off on buying things you want until they go on sale so that you can maximize the entertainment, use, and value out of your money during the sale.
only buy games when there is a large steam sale, only buy self care products when they're on clearance, so that you can get a real bang for your buck.
i also make use of humble bundle by spending a dollar there once a month for a constant stream of new entertainment. We are only human, we need new things introduced for enrichment. Buying one new unecessary thing once a month will make you happier. Humble bundle will give you new books, new games, new things to learn, only for a dollar.
Reduce, Re-use and Recycle
Okay, I'm going to go on a bit of a tangent here.
Do I think you should recycle? Yes.
If you have that option available to you, I very much believe that you should make at least a minimal effort to divert that waste from a landfill.
However: I have a hatred of our recycling system in the US.
They do not recieve enough funding, for one. They do not have enough money to recycle the more costly materials, meaning that a HUUUUGE portion of plastic that you give them ends up in a landfill anyway.
Some centers are even for profit, and accept even less waste, because they only recycle what they can make money on. That ends up with even more that you give them ending up in a landfill anyway.
And on top of that, recycling programs are rare. You are not going to find a nearby recycling center in rural areas. You're just not.
If you cannot go out of your way to drive to a recycling center every week to dump your trash, there is no such thing as a recycling program in a rural town.
I have yet to find one.
Sometimes there isn't even a garbage guy for regular trash.
Because of all of the above, I think the whole recycling motto is a waste of time and is never going to be an effective way of removing waste. It's simply a performative way of a company claiming they care about the environment.
But I still think if you have this opportunity available, you should do it to make an effort.
This is why I have made it my personal goal to pressure companies into prioritizing bio-degradeable packaging to REDUCE waste.
The only efficient way to eliminate waste that contaminates our environment, is to reduce it ourselves, or to prevent the massive output of pollution and waste from the companies that are the ones producing it.
If you haven't noticed, basically all of the products we have to consume every day to live contains some form of non-biodegradeable waste.
Even packaging boxes for snacks are coated in a shiny layer of plastic to look pretty.
The only way to eliminate plastic waste from our lives would be to just...die, or not be a consumer entirely.
Yeah, I'm sorry, I don't think that's doable either.
So, the real target is to stop the corporations from shoving it in our faces.
I'll get back to this at the end.
When we aren't dealing with single-use plastics, there are several ways to re-use products in our daily lives. (Unfortunately, companies have put out less of these "re-usable products" overtime in favor of plastic, which often doesn't even get recycled.)
But when you have things like jars, cans, buckets, you can do so many things with them.
You can use them as storage, for planters, as cups to drink from. Please don't throw them away.
There is also a little thing I do with single use plastics I try to divert from landfills, by weaving them into little pallets like basket weaving that I can make into actually re-usable items.
My wastebin is woven out of single-use plastic.
Anyway, back to the companies putting out waste thing.
I've made the personal decision to slowly eliminate non-biodegradeable waste from my life, and I personally contact companies for their statements on the matter and on the environment, so I can post them here, to show what companies to support and what companies to avoid if you'd like to join me.
Creative ways to reuse plastic w/o throwing it out:
self watering planter made out of soda bottle