Posted by: GeraldineKent on May 03, 2011
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This week’s post deals with the issue of our world’s resources, and the severe crisis in trying to sustain these valuable commodities. I stumbled upon this post whilst wading through a very long list of new Twitter feeds.
Now because I am a Journalism student, I've had to adapt to the habit of receiving an inordinate amount of news, at all hours of the day and using my own filter to decide what I need to read right away, what I need to read by the end of the day, and what I can add to a list of things I’ll hopefully read later on this year (key word – hopefully).
The trick is to learn exactly what you're most interested in and whether or not learning about it will benefit your life. Up until recently, I never would have considered environmental matters - like saving the planet, going green, advocating for global warming concerns and lobbying for our planet’s survival – to be one of things that I wanted to learn about to better enrich my life.
But despite that ignorance this snappy paragraph caught my attention, “Summary of the Summary: The world is using up its natural resources at an alarming rate, and this has caused a permanent shift in their value. We all need to adjust our behavior to this new environment. It would help if we did it quickly.” And I was intrigued. I filtered this story as “NB”, read it straight away and now having decoded it and analysed all its facts and ideas and people, I am delighted to add my thoughts to this topic.
Firstly, this Jeremy Grantham dude – just another lobbyist who’s mouthing off about big corporations polluting our earth, killing polar bears and melting ice bergs? Nope, actually he’s a smart one, he understands both sides of the story – “peak oil and global warming”.
So seriously, if you’re a human who enjoys this earth and wants to keep living, and wants future generations like your children and their children and the children after that, then please read this article . And if you’re not that kind of human, then at least read the rest of this post as I try to figure out whether there is any way new media technologies could help Mr Grantham’s cause.
“The rise in population, the ten-fold increase in wealth in developed countries, and the current explosive growth in developing countries have eaten rapidly into our finite resources of hydrocarbons and metals, fertilizer, available land, and water.” Well, let us take a moment to thank awesome technological advances for improving the ways and means through which we can obtain such data and analyse it for indicative proposals of future growth.
“We must substitute qualitative growth for quantitative growth.” So how can we conceptualise being able to achieve this? Well, what if there was an online community that could monitor the current growth rate, and what it needs to be in order for past mistakes to be rectified? I don’t mean a complicated, scientific community that relies on formulas and data, inputs and outputs and projected scores etc. I wouldn’t even know what all of that meant! Rather, a community based on ‘informed, expert blogging’, where experts, owners and workers (farmers, tree fellers, fishermen etc) each contribute information on their growth, export and import rates, income and profit margins and such, as a way to begin building a database that can monitor the current crisis and draw information that can improve the future.
“The problems of compounding growth in the face of finite resources are not easily understood by optimistic, short-term-oriented, and relatively innumerate humans (especially the political variety).”
I think this is the most vital point of all to consider. But to be honest, I don’t want to get into arguing that statement, without adequate data and research to back myself up. So, I am going to put my thoughts on hold for now. The next few blog posts will continue to analyse Grantham paper and rely on his statistics and arguments to look at more innovative ways that new media can help environmental causes.
Until next time, take care! Ciao ciao!