Sunday, May 1, 2016

Some title about co2 emissions

Emissions in the atmosphere are a constant issue for the environment. Burning fuels for energy is the main culprit of CO2 emissions. Producing electricity and transportation sources are responsible for over 60% of total CO2 production. The use of electricity in our homes and in company buildings requires the burning of coal. As technology advances, the use of electrify increases in standard homes. The demands for new gadgets are at an all-time high and our consumption of energy corresponds with our desire for innovations. If every family monitored their heat and cooling use and unnecessary lighting use, it would reduce our reliance on coal energy. Transportation is the second largest producer of CO2 behind electricity. As people use vehicles to travel to different locations, emissions seep into the atmosphere from combustion s of fossil fuels. There are already many forms to reduce emissions such as public transportation or hybrid cars. In small cities, people are even traveling on foot or bicycling through town. If we carpool more often or use these other methods to travel, it will lead to a reduction of fossil fuel burning. Reducing the use of these two sources of CO2 will affect the health of the Earth tremendously. Scientists predict that if we do not change our habits the environment of the Earth will experience a severe negative impact.

The Importance of Regenerating the Earth

Our Earth is a capital asset that society constantly uses to maintain our current lifestyle. More people need to realize the importance of Earth’s natural resources being ‘renewable’ and not ‘limitless.’ Scientists have calculated that we are using more resources than the planet can regenerate yearly. If the use of resources continues to elevate, then all the available resources will suffer depletion and the society as a whole will begin to experience a poor quality lifestyle. The air that we breathe is a major resource that deteriorates by our consumption and energy use. We continue to release toxins in the environment, while deforestation endangers natural habitats of different species. I believe reducing the carbon dioxide emitted into the air by a small percentage will benefit the process of regenerating Earth. Doing so is costly to major businesses; therefore, companies tend to continue their regular practices to maximize profits. Once the depletion of our resources begins to become a serious threat, then more companies will comply to rejuvenate Earth itself.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Moving Towards a Regenerative Economy

The world as a whole must move beyond our current economic structure to avoid a catastrophic environmental, economic and social collapse.  Our structure of capitalism and socialism needs to be replaced by the principles of a regenerative economy.  Regenerative economics is based on a concept of "holism" meaning that everything is organized into systems that are interlinked and function together; when these pieces function together they form a larger pattern.  This form of holism is something that we have observed in everything.  The universe is organized into systems.  These systems are so incredibly broad they can be applied to the sacred geometries of the ancient Greeks to the study of ecosystems and social media today.  The way that regenerative economics differs from the current approach to sustainability is that instead of using the reductionist logic to solve the problems, it aims directly at building healthy human networks, by using these universal principles and patterns.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Changing our values

The regenerative economic system places the health and maintenance of the earth in front of profits. In order words, it changes our values. These priorities force companies to consider the impact their practices have on the environment. While working to regenerate capital assets, this economic system could offer benefits that extend to areas like social health and awareness. Under pure capitalism, children are taught to value things like wealth, success, and fame. For the rest of their lives, cost-benefit analyses are made in respect to those values, usually at the expense of something or someone. The cost is money, and the benefit is money. This profit driven mindset is demonstrably damaging to the environment and society. For example, hydraulic fracturing causes ground water contamination, methane emissions, and air pollution.

              The solution is a change in societal values. Once environmental sustainability is valued higher than profits, a radical shift should occur. People would still make cost-benefit analyses, but now, the cost is the environment, and the benefit is the environment. This kind of thinking will spark new industries to emerge, providing more employment opportunities and expansions. Income inequality could also be reduced, as rich corporate executives would lose profits, while the working class would benefit from the opportunities of a new industry. When greed isn’t the main driving force for the economy, many of the human rights and environmental violations by companies will be eradicated, hopefully opening the door for a more cooperative, and inclusive system of economics that will sustain our world to the end.