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Natural Systems - How much is enough?

Sustainable natural systems provide practical solutions. Like my mama used to say...enough is enough!

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Natural systems provide the basics of survival.

"Human activity is putting such strain on the natural functions of Earth that the ability of the planet’s ecosystems to sustain future generations can no longer be taken for granted."

We keep hearing versions of this. We are expecting too much from nature and assume that human ingenuity is superceding nature's systems. After all, we have concrete, grocery stores and can fly to Europe in just hours. We've come a long way, baby...and nature is still poking along at ancient speeds. We can clone. We can soar. We can procreate just for fun!

Enough already! :-)

There's a thread of conversation going through the green community that people are saying one thing and doing another. That the green message is falling on deaf ears -- well, maybe people are hearing it, they're just not believing that it has meaning for their own lives.

It's not okay for thousands or millions of people to waste or consume more or travel in gas guzzling vehicles on land or in the sky -- but just little ole' me -- that's different. I'm just one person and my indulgences can't make all that much difference anyway.

Uh huh...says Mama looking over her glasses at my adolescent reasoning.

When is enough enough?

"Nearly two thirds of the services provided by nature to humankind are found to be in decline worldwide. In effect, the benefits reaped from our engineering of the planet have been achieved by running down natural capital assets.In many cases, it is literally a matter of living on borrowed time." When do we decide that cutting our emissions by 50% And it means NOW.

BTW: That's possible. Think 10% the first year, 20% the second year and 30% the third year. You think you're so smart...figure that one out! And have a bit of fun doing it....sugar always makes the medicine go down easier. But the earth still needs some stiff medicine, no matter how we sugar coat it.

Just a thought to pass along over half a beer.


QUOTES from Living Beyond Our Means, Natural Assets and Human Well-Being, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment

Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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