Who We Can Be – October 20, 2021

Posted on: October 20th, 2021 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

Optimistic 

by Kathie England

Part Three of A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough, is titled “A Vision for the Future: How to Rewild the World.”

I focus this month on Attenborough’s chapter in Part Three called “Taking Up Less Space.”

Attenborough explains that “the conversion of wild habitat to farmland as humankind expanded its territory has been the single greatest cause of biodiversity loss during our time on earth.” He states that we must cease the expansion of our industrial farmland.

One of the ways we can cease this expansion of industrial farmland is to eat less meat, specifically red meat. “Today, the average person in the United States eats over 120kg of meat each year. People in European countries eat between 60kg and 80kg each year. The average Kenyan eats 16kg per year.” The average person in India eats less than 4kg per year.

Beef production is the most destructive form of industrial farmland expansion. Beef makes up about a quarter of the meat we eat and only 2 percent of our calories, yet 60 percent of our farmland is dedicated to raising beef.

Attenborough states the universal opinion is that we need to change to a largely plant-based diet. This change would not only help our planet, it would improve our health. Deaths from heart disease, obesity, and some cancers could drop by up to 20 percent and save a trillion dollars in healthcare worldwide by 2050.

One of the earliest proponents of this change in eating habits is Frances Moore Lappé who published Diet for a Small Planet fifty years ago. A fiftieth anniversary edition of her book has just been published which includes 120 pages of planet-friendly recipes. Lappé’s daughter, Anne Lappé, published Diet for a Hot Planet, in 2010.

I recently purchased both books. My goal is to read them this year as I switch to a plant-based diet. I’m hoping to find many recipes that my great-nephew and great-niece will enjoy since this is the future we need to embrace for them, for all the children in our lives, and for all the children on our small planet.

Attenborough concludes his chapter, “Taking Up Less Space,” with this statement: “Estimates suggest it could be possible for humankind to feed itself on just half of the land we currently farm – an area the size of North America.”

Who We Can Be

We can be optimistic if we become people who shift to a plant-based diet remembering the perspective I shared last month.

It is true that the cost of action today is high!

And the cost of inaction today is even higher for those we love!

 

 

Who We Can Be – September 20, 2021

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Aware of What Lies Ahead

by Kathie England

Part Two of A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough, is titled “What Lies Ahead.”

I concluded last month’s post by pondering what life on our planet will be in the next decades for my great-nephew born in 2015 and my great-niece born in 2020. Now I share with you Attenborough’s projections for 2030 up to the twenty-second century beginning in 2100.

By the 2030s the Amazon rainforest is on course to be reduced to 75 percent of its original extent. Attenborough proposes this reduction may prove to be a tipping point for the Amazon triggering a phenomenon known as forest dieback. The Arctic Ocean is also expected to have its first entirely ice-free summer in the 2030s.

By the 2040s we will likely see another tipping point – the thawing of the permafrost. This event could cause the entire land surface in the northern hemisphere to become a mud bath as the ice that held the soil together disappears. This event would also turn on a gas tap of methane and carbon dioxide that we would probably never be able to turn off.

By the 2050s the entire ocean could be sufficiently acidic to trigger a calamitous decline. 90 percent of the coral reefs on Earth will be destroyed within the space of a few years. Remaining commercial fisheries and fish farming will perish impacting the livelihoods of more than half a billion people and directly affecting a ready source of protein that has fed humans for our entire existence.

In 2050 my great-nephew will be thirty-five and my great-niece will turn thirty.

During the 2080s global food production on land could be at a crisis point. Millions of tons of lost topsoil could enter the rivers and bring flooding in the towns and cities downstream. The loss of insects would affect three-quarters of our food crops. The risk of new pandemics is high.

By the beginning of 2100 a quarter of the world’s population could live in places where the average daily temperature would be what is found in the Sahara today. Farming in these areas would be impossible and a billion people who live in these areas will become part of the greatest human migration in history.

As I did last month, I invite you to ponder what these prospects for life on our planet would mean for the children in your life now as you become aware of what lies ahead.

I invite you to watch the trailer to “A Life on Our Planet” and hopefully it will inspire you to watch the entire documentary by David Attenborough.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64R2MYUt394

Who We Can Be

Next month I will share Attenborough’s optimistic vision for the future if we act NOW.

It is true that the cost of action today is high!

And the cost of inaction today is even higher for those we love!

 

Who We Can Be – August 20, 2021

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Aware

by Kathie England

In reading A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough, I became aware that…

In 1937 when Attenborough was 11 years old – the world’s population was 2.3 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 280 parts per million, and remaining wilderness on our planet was 66 percent…

In 1954 the year I started third grade – the world’s population was 2.7 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 310 parts per million, and remaining wilderness was 64 percent…

In 1960 the year John F. Kennedy was elected president – the world’s population was 3 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 315 parts per million, and remaining wilderness was 62 percent…

In 1968 the year I graduated from college – the world’s population was 3.5 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 323 parts per million, and remaining wilderness was 59 percent…

In 1971 the year my sister was married – the world’s population was 3.7 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 326 parts per million, and remaining wilderness was 58 percent…

In 1978 the year my niece was born – the world’s population was 4.3 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 335 parts per million, and remaining wilderness was 55 percent…

In 1989 the year I moved to Oregon – the world’s population was 5.1 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 353 parts per million, and remaining wilderness was 49 percent…

In 1997 the year Princess Diana died – the world’s population was 5.9 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 360 parts per million, and remaining wilderness was 46 percent…

In 2020 the year the Covid pandemic started in the United States – the world’s population was 7.8 billion, carbon in the atmosphere was 415 million parts per million, and remaining wilderness was 35 percent…

This timeline of life on our planet prompted me to wonder what life will be on our planet over the next decades for my great-nephew who was born in 2015 and my great-niece who was born in 2020…

I invite you to ponder that same perspective for what life will be on our planet over the next decades for the children in your life…and become aware…

I invite you to watch the trailer to “A Life on Our Planet” and hopefully it will inspire you to watch the entire documentary by David Attenborough.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64R2MYUt394

Who We Can Be

We can become aware and look at the possibilities of what we can do NOW.

We can be inspired by the words of Barack Obama as he watched a candlelight vigil of people in Oslo cheering after he had received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2009: “Whatever you do won’t be enough. Try anyway.”

Who We Can Be – July 20, 2021

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Conservation Champion

by Kathie England

116

116 degrees is the temperature reached in Portland, Oregon on June 28, 2021!

116 is the number of people who died in Oregon during this extreme heat wave!

At the end of that extreme heat wave I watched “A Life on Our Planet” by David Attenborough, a documentary film available on Netflix.  Attenborough refers to this documentary as “My Witness Statement and A Vision for the Future.”

I was so moved and troubled after watching the film that I took the following steps:

  • I became a monthly sponsor with The Nature Conservancy.
  • I bought the book, A Life on Our Planet at my local Powell’s Books.

I invite you to watch the trailer to “A Life on Our Planet” and hopefully it will inspire you to watch the entire documentary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64R2MYUt394

I also invite you to watch the short video thank-you that I received from The Nature Conservancy after my donation earned me the title Conservation Champion.

 “Thank you for becoming a Conservation Champion!
Your dedication to nature means so much. By pledging to donate $25.75 as an ongoing donation, you are joining a group of nature’s most loyal and generous supporters.”

Watch this video to see the big difference you’re already making.”
https://www.nature.org/en-us/membership-and-giving/donate-to-our-mission/other-ways-to-give/fundraising-in-your-neighborhood/f2f-thank-you-welcome-page/?src=e.auto_d&lu=8021484

Who We Can Be

If Attenborough’s film wasn’t persuasive enough for you to become a Conservation Champion, perhaps these articles I read in The New York Times on July 16, 2021 before writing this post will motivate you to take that one small step.

Hundreds Missing and Scores Dead as Raging Floods Strike Western Europe

 Drought and Heat Fuel Dozens of Wildfires

“Over 60 active fires are burning across the Western United States, displacing hundreds of people and burning over 900,000 acres, with hot, dry conditions expected to continue.”

Parts of the Amazon Go From Absorbing Carbon Dioxide to Emitting It

It Seems Odd That We Would Just Let the World Burn

By Ezra Klein

“Where is the urgency on climate change? June 2021 was the hottest June ever recorded on land. Portland, Oregon saw temperatures of 116 degrees, a sentence that doesn’t make sense to me even as I know it to be true. In Lytton, British Columbia, temperatures reached 121 degrees, and the city simply ignited. ‘You can’t even comprehend it,’ one resident told CBC Radio. ‘Our entire town is gone.’ “

I hope you are inspired and motivated to become a Conservation Champion as one small step for the future of our planet.

https://nature.org


 

Who We Can Be – June 20, 2021

Posted on: June 20th, 2021 by Kathie England | Time for Success No Comments

Persist

by Kathie England

As I began reading Elizabeth Warren’s new book Persist, I realized that what she articulates is Who We Can Be. From that perspective, I share with you Warren’s words and invite you to imagine Who We Can Be.

“I am confident that most of those who got in the fight in 2020 will stay in the fight for years.”

“Now we have a once-in-a-generation chance to build something new, to shake off who we were and decide who we want to become.”

“This remarkable moment is an opportunity for change but not a guarantee that it will happen. It is a rare chance to think hard about the policies we want to change, especially the policies that touch our lives every day and set the boundaries for much of what happens to each of us.”

“The door to change is open. Now is the moment to act. Now is our chance to make the changes our nation so desperately needs.”

Who We Can Be

“But more than anything, the toughest fights will demand that we bring our whole selves. We must bring energy and determination. We must bring clarity of purpose and a richer understanding of our common goals. We must bring a deep-down commitment that will sustain us even when the fight looks impossibly hard.”

Let us embrace Warren’s optimism “that we are in a moment when extraordinary changes are possible.”