On May 27th at the request of our 70th Yale Reunion Chairman Richard Ya Deau, I had the opportunity to address my concerns to my classmates about our uncertain future as reflected in our precious democracy’s urgent need for changes, but more importantly about what homo sapiens need to do to defer and hopefully avoid the consequences now so sharply defined by scientists worldwide as the 6th Extinction.
The remarks I made on that occasion can be found in this prompt.
— Church and State (@ChurchAndStateN) June 5, 2023
Despite substantial efforts by the UN with its COP meetings and encouraging signs of private sector actions on non-fossil energy development as it effects our climate and our environment, the growth of human numbers continues despite our growing impact on the resources that sustain us and are increasingly overused.
Just feeding such numbers is problematic as this article entitled “Can the world feed 8 billion people sustainably?” explains: “Food production is a major factor in the climate crisis and still millions of people go hungry.”
It points out that,
The United Nations projects that food production from plants and animals will need to increase 70% by 2050, compared with 2009, to meet increasing food demand. But food production is already responsible for nearly a third of carbon emissions as well as 90% of deforestation around the world.
“We use half of the world’s vegetative land for agriculture,” says Tim Searchinger, a researcher at Princeton University. “That’s enormously bad for the environment. We can’t solve the current problem by moving to more intensive agriculture because that requires more land.
“We need to find a way to decrease our input [land] while increasing our food production.”
But there is no magic bullet to achieve this goal. Instead, an overhaul at every step of the food production chain, from the moment the seeds are planted in the soil to the point where the food reaches our dinner tables, will be necessary.”
Eating less meat and shifting to regenerative agriculture is the solution to feeding our planet.
We already produce enough food to feed approx two times the current global population, but so much is wasted.
— CIWF Media Team (@media_ciwf) November 16, 2022
An example among many articles on clean energy sources is the exciting but as yet not fully developed way to use green hydrogen. In an article entitled “Green Hydrogen Has Promise and Momentum. The Stocks, Not So Much.” it says,
“There have been false starts for hydrogen in the past,” read a hefty report four years ago from the International Energy Agency. “This time could be different.”
It’s different, all right. Past hydrogen hype cycles focused on consumer uses, like fuel cells for cars. This one is more about using industrial-scale hydrogen to clean up fertilizer and steel. And the perks have never been bigger. The U.S. is suddenly offering $100 billion for clean hydrogen production. That’s a bonanza, or a mirage, depending on the precise definition of clean hydrogen, which, it turns out, lawmakers didn’t quite nail down. But guidance is coming, and projects have begun.
Some things aren’t so different. Clean hydrogen’s heyday remains far off. “Broad adoption, in our view, should not take place in the foreseeable future,” wrote a team of J.P. Morgan analysts this past week. The world’s lightest element is still Hindenburg-ing investor cash. Defiance Next Gen H2 (ticker: HDRO), an exchange-traded fund of clean hydrogen and fuel-cell plays, has lost 69% since launching just over two years ago.
This isn’t a pooh-poohing of clean hydrogen technology by some cranky stock market scribbler who last studied chemistry a third of a century ago and took to it like a vampire to holy water. It’s a pooh-poohing of the investment case. (That other stuff checks out.)
— Rich Corbett 🇺🇸 (@RichC) May 19, 2023
Sadly, much greater political will to adequately address ways to elevate action to solve the already well underway 6th extinction is needed. Further strenuous efforts from the UN, scientists, and expert public advocates for such wide recognition by everyone of the pending crisis of our planetary problems would create enough political power to save home sapiens from the devastating efforts of such a future.
We are not there yet, and time is running out.
In short what used to be a phase denoting the folly of fear created by Chicken Little that that the sky was falling, this time the fear is real and not yet believable to many people everywhere despite the weather warnings, the rapidly melting polar ice with its increasing threat of universal spread of toxic methane gas emerging from the melting permafrost.
Among the many educational opportunities presented to Yale’s multiple reunion attendees on May 25th to 28th was an outstanding lecture by Professor Indy Burke, the first woman Dean of the Yale School of the Environmental Studies, who in responding to my question as to whether her preponderant facts confirming its likelihood assiduously avoided using the term the 6th Extinction, saying her job was just to present the facts. Let’s hope the elite audiences exposed to such information will move into action.
“The next few decades will be the end of the kind of civilization we’re used to.”
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) January 2, 2023
Yes, it was necessary to raise the debt limit and deal with other pressing problems which I briefly covered in my Yale talk which you can read above, but the priority of this Extinction threat takes precedence over all other issues facing us.
My Saturday afternoon May 27th presentation at Yale entitled “A Time of Generational Change and World Uncertainty” to my classmates appears in slightly edited form in the Epilogue of my latest book entitled “Economic Growth: A Cancer on all Earthly Life”, which can be obtained on Amazon and read on Kindle by going to https://www.amazon.com/Economic-Growth-Cancer-Earthly-Life-ebook/dp/B0C4RJB3VB.
Over the years, I have published 9 books on various themes about current events which can be accessed at https://www.amazon.com/stores/Donald-A.-Collins/author/B09L6L4RRN
"What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?": https://t.co/fHuh0CG6JD
"We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?": https://t.co/TA4j7cp1tE
"From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013": https://t.co/lkC2t3E1A9 pic.twitter.com/bQsL2mLBcO
— Church and State (@ChurchAndStateN) November 1, 2021
Comments on uncertain times – Don Collins
Earth currently experiencing a sixth mass extinction, according to scientists | 60 Minutes
Sir David Attenborough Presents: Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet | Doc Preview
Sir David Attenborough on overpopulation
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