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Peak Everything is a situation, unique in our world’s history. Raw materials such as metals, fossil energy, fresh water, fisheries, forests, etc. are reaching a plateau in production.
Individuals, society, and policymakers are increasingly coming to the agreement that we are reaching a point known as “Peak Everything.”
Fewer Resources for the Future:
It is very likely that our future is going to involve less and not more, in the way of basic resources needed for survival.
“A report backed by 1,360 scientists from 95 countries – some of them world leaders in their fields – today warns that the almost two-thirds of the natural machinery that supports life on Earth is being degraded by human pressure.”
The Human Race is Living Beyond its Means:
Western cultures, and especially the United States, use the most resources per capita.
Yes, other countries may have a larger population, but America uses far more resources per person.
“A single child born in the U.S. has a greater effect on the environment than a dozen children born in a developing country.”
How Do You Help Fix This Looming Issue?
One of the main questions I get from my audience is, “I know that the way I am living is adding to the greater problem, but don’t know how to change my habits and actions to begin living more sustainably.”
Moreover, since the citizens of the western world have the biggest impact, it makes the most sense that we take responsibility and curb our actions in order to have the biggest impact.
The End Goal:
Sustainability is about trying to maintain the individual and collective values that we hold dear, but with a clear sense that we have to do it with fewer resources.
Let’s start by focusing on building sustainable developments and living eco-friendly lifestyles.
One way to start is by thinking about every product’s impact. Before you purchase a product, ask yourself these simple questions:
- What is the product made of?
- Is it recyclable?
- Is it a one-time use product?
Use Your Actions and Your Voice:
Vote for green policies!
If you see someone littering, pick the trash up in front of them. This kind of action is not confrontational but sure does silently shame them. In the olden days, shunning was the harshest form of punishment. This action performs 2 functions. First, you are reducing the amount of trash that is going out into the environment. Second, you are signaling to others that littering is wrong.
We need to make sustainability the “cool” thing to do because if we don’t our society will reach a point of “peak everything”. Our natural resources are limited, and if we don’t make a paradigm thought shift our children will grow up in a world where there isn’t enough.
Be the person to speak up for the planet when you are around friends. The more people become aware of an issue, the deeper it will become ingrained into a society’s norms.
I want to hear from the community! What little actions have you done lately that has helped shape our future toward a more energy and resource efficient society?
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