The main reason it's taking so long for people to be sustainable is money. To make things sustainable, you have to invest in these new sustainable methods, invest in using less resources. Before now, everything was made to be used and thrown away, nobody ever thought of the limited resources we have in this world. Changing everything that was developed in the past, will cost money, and a lot of it. Most of which we don't have and that's what scares businesses the most. The world running out of resources is so far away, but losing money is now, and that's what matters to them. Where there's money is the way, and the idea that the world is gonna end is too far for them to believe.
Team Trees is a new viral sensation for the good of our world. Over 600 Youtubers got together to promote this fundraiser. Team Trees partnered with the Arbor Day foundation who promised to plant 1 tree for every dollar they raised. This fundraiser was done as a special for Mr Beast's 20 million subscriber special. This was done to prove the "boomers who called gen Z useless", wrong. As of today the fundraiser raised over 5 million dollars and is still rising. The whole idea is genius by using human psychology for the better good. Turning the fundraiser into a hashtag not only brings teenagers my age to donate, it makes it the big new thing that everyone wants to follow.
A quick google search got me this. Art = Science.
The source mentioned how Art and Science were both Humans trying to understand the world around us; and I agree. We're in a world we don't exactly understand. We try to fill up the void through science and art, with each filling up their own categories I'm personally interested in both topics applying principles of science into my art pieces. Science in general is the understanding of the world around us, and art is the application of human skill and creativity into the world. They each do their own things, but together they create almost everything we use around us. Without science we wouldn't be able to design as easily as we can today, and without art, we wouldn't be able to use the things science creates. In our modern society they each blend nicely with each other and need each other to exist.
Environmental Humanities is a term for bridging the gap between culture and nature. Now that climate change and global warming is becoming more and more relevant, the gap is becoming even larger. Instead of one side neglecting the other like how it's been for a while now, it should be used together to fight what's inevitable. Cultural aspects such as businesses and our daily lives should now consider nature more than before. Since culture has so many environmental effects, it is only logical to take into consideration the harm it has caused and change it for the better. To bridge the gap we need to know what we've been doing wrong and make better choices.
Gene modification is the future. A type of gene modification has been used in the past before, like selective breeding to choose the traits you want to keep, but now with the introduction of CRISPR, we can make up those traits ourselves. It's a plausible solution, but it might give us humans too much control. I don't think gene modification is the answer, it might give us a fix for some issues, but it can very easily get into the wrong hands. I feel like it can have very major consequences if we pursue this even more, even going as far to be used on humans in a negative way. We as humans already ruined the Earth to a major degree, which just shows how much we don't know about our world. Simply changing a plant from green to red could possibly collapse an entire ecosystem, but we don't know that, and that's what's so dangerous about the idea of gene modification. Before developing ways to change the world, humans should at least try to return it as it used to be.
Everyone's heard of the term "hot-headed", basically another word for aggression. The term might actually mean something that actually happens. There have been a lot of studies about how heat causes people to get cranky or how when people get angry they get really hot for a second. The connection people have been making is that Global Warming ends up actually causing more conflict and violence than if the world were cool. Research done by James Rotton, however, shows that anger doesn't always increase as heat does, but how moderate temperatures cause aggression, while extreme hot conditions show a decline. I agree that hot temperatures can make some people angry, because if it's hot outside it makes everything hotter to do and doing so can make some people very irritated which in turn can lead into aggression, but saying that global warming can cause wars is just another slippery slope fallacy. I don't believe that global warming can lead up to something as big as a war because of just heat.
A lot of the technologies we use are highly inspired by nature. Some recent ones are like the new eagle plane shown on business insider, that copies the look of an eagle's wings and tails, making the plane more efficient. There are other ones like Velcro which was inspired by plants sticking to clothing. Some of the more interesting ones are swarm behavior, like using drones to act as birds or using micro sized robots to help each other in completing a task. Bio mimicry is a simple, but genius concept. Nature has been evolving for so long that they already perfected most of their behaviors. Copying their designs just means we're skipping all the time it took to evolve and going straight to the perfected product.
There's an organization called Nature Needs Half, their website explains how to increase Biodiversity and prevent humans from going extinct, we need to give the wildlife half of the Earth to re-wild and make the world sustainable again. However good the idea is, it's ignoring 3 big things: It's avoiding fixing what's causing the problem with a band-aid, it will dramatically change how we live our lives, and it doesn't have a concrete timeline.
Moving Humans to only utilize 50% of the Earth is a great idea, however it's ignoring all the real problems that are causing our planet to go bad. We need to make our factories produce less carbon, make our cars use renewable energy, and stop releasing greenhouse gases into our environment, but what this Half-Earth project gets us is an excuse to produce more carbon use fossil fuels and release more greenhouse gases. This will backfire on us if we don't do everything at once.
Humans right now are so used to being able to go wherever they want, travel far distances and occupy large areas of space. If we make 50% of it untouchable, however selfish it is, will make our human lives dramatically different. Preventing people from entering half of the earth will cause people to rebel, and won't get support of their citizens. It's already hard to make people agree with all the government choices, but taking their territory won't make anyone happy.
Nature Needs Half doesn't have a timeline to make things happen yet. To make people actually do something there needs to be a sense of urgency, but all they're trying to do is convince people that it's coming and say we should all help eventually. This doesn't help the Earth which is deteriorating in an accelerated rate and seems like a great idea just bad execution.
To fix what Nature Needs Half is doing, we need to stop everything making the planet worse and then set in place everything that will make it better. We are in a society where everyone is selfish and if you can make it relate to them you can make them listen.
I recently watched this TED talk by George Monbiot. This world "rewilding" is fairly new, but it has multiple meanings. The main one I will be discussing here is reintroducing wildlife into environments and seeing how introducing wild animals can influence the ecosystem of the environment. It's a strange concept, and pretty unbelievable, but it's been observed before. Introducing new animals can change how all the animals interact with each other, and eventually one thing will lead to another and essentially make the cycle of life a lot better than it was before. Rewilding can make rivers straighter and cleaner, can cause more plants to grow, and can even increase current animal populations. The world wasn't made for humans to build things and destroy the environment. That's why our world is so polluted today. Rewilding would turn our world back to what it was supposed to be and all the endangered animals and extinct animals may even come back to how they used to be. Clearly that's not exactly what we're doing. Instead of fixing our problems, we'd rather find a new world to go to, find land we haven't used yet and just dispose of this world and leave our problems behind. That doesn't sound so good no matter who you ask. I believe people should just understand what is happening in our world today, and if we can get everyone to understand our current situation, people might actually start to do something.