Earthly Discussions

  • But what about jobs?

    July 13, 2020 by

    It’s a common objection to the environmental movement, the reducetarian movement, and, last but not least, the vegan movement, the latter of which will be the focus on this article. If the demand for animal products suddenly plunged, those who make a living from animal agriculture would be without work, a genuine concern. Then again,… Read more

  • Living in a crowded universe

    June 16, 2020 by

    It’s a topic a lot of “level-headed” people refuse to touch. And if you even graze it for a second you might be considered, well… out there. In all actuality, the idea that we are not the only planet with life on it has gained significant traction in recent years. Today most people can honestly… Read more

  • A Calendar for the Ages 2

    June 2, 2020 by

    As we saw in the last article, the global adoption of plant-based lifestyles can approximate, if not fully meet, the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, 17 global goals designed to achieve a better and more sustainable future for everyone, regardless of race, gender or origin. The idea is for these goals to be met by… Read more

  • A Calendar for the Ages

    May 24, 2020 by

    The Second World War was the most brutal global confrontation to date. After it ended in 1945, 51 countries joined forces with the goal of maintaining international peace and security in what would become the United Nations (UN). Since its inception, the UN has worked hard to promote social progress, better living standards and human… Read more

  • An unstoppable force?

    May 17, 2020 by

    Within the last thirty years or so, five of the biggest American oil companies have dished out around 3.6 billion dollars to “convince” the world, and those with political power, that their industry is not detrimental to the environment. In 2017-18, “fossil fuels outspent renewables by more than 13 to 1” in US politics, according… Read more

  • Planet of the Plandemics

    May 10, 2020 by

    It’s a never-ending story. Groundless conspiratorial beliefs continue to make the leap from hearsay to full-fledged “documentaries” with ample funding. Some of them are actually very well made, successfully appealing to the emotions of viewers, convincing them of the lies they propagate more efficiently than a pandemic. This month, world renowned American filmmaker Michael Moore’s… Read more

  • An Ethical Economy?

    May 4, 2020 by

     Most of our grandparents’ lives were quite unlike ours today. I get a sense of nostalgia when I think how life used to be more linear, more predictable, and simpler. Today we’re inundated with information from all ends, while the world economy has exploded, taking over every aspect of our lives, like a green spider… Read more

  • The wrong time for stories

    May 2, 2020 by

    It’s a good feeling, the idea that we belong to this unique group of individuals, united under a symbol. It touches similar emotions as our love for our favorite sports team, only much more profound. It convinces us that the blood running through our veins is of unique properties, unlike that of those on the… Read more

  • It’s a mean world out there. Let’s try and Live Kindly.

    April 24, 2020 by

    So much information. Too much, perhaps. Endless channels on TV, on our computer screens and smartphones, all trying to cram information into our minds in the most appealing way. And there’s so much confusion. Why? Well, for one, there’s a strong argument to suggest our brains simply haven’t evolved to process the complexities of modern… Read more

  • A reaction for every action

    April 17, 2020 by

    For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. This was Isaac Newton’s third law of motion. In many regards, it can be applied to just about every aspect of our very existence, but when applied to things beyond the laws of motion, the “equal” can lose relevance. Today, it appears we are experiencing… Read more

  • Mother Nature’s Revenge?

    April 13, 2020 by

    Could this actually be some form of retribution for all we’ve done as a species? Well, not quite. As far as we know, nature is not a conscious entity. Our beloved planet does not have a brain. “She” does not get angry or sad or happy, nor is “she” eligible for any sort of counseling… Read more

  • Monsters trapped in the ice, patiently waiting to be freed

    April 5, 2020 by

    As any informed citizen of the world should know, the polar icecaps are melting at a freakishly rapid pace, at least in comparison to the Earth’s pre-human history. But the conversation of anthropogenic climate change was put on the backburner after a more immediate threat caught the world by surprise. COVID-19 seemed to come out… Read more

  • Confined and Confused? Here’s an idea…

    March 27, 2020 by

    In previous blogs we’ve mentioned the origins of our beloved COVID-19. Sorry, but it’s highly unlikely to be a government conspiracy to control the population (China is actually struggling against a rapidly declining population as a result of their one child policy from 1979 to 2016, and most developed nations in the world today, particularly… Read more

  • 2020: A year of pandemonium, or of positive change?

    March 22, 2020 by

    Contrary to (what appears to be a re-emerging) popular belief, the Earth is round, as evident in the picture above. Another intriguing fact is that this year has so far been unlike any other in recent times. And it’s only just begun. The super-virus of 2020 needs no introduction, as it has garnered even more… Read more

  • Pandemics, Climate Change, and Conspiracies

    March 15, 2020 by

    Understanding the world means accepting the fact that things sometimes happen randomly, that reality can be complex, and that certain events may be the result of numerous variables inadvertently colliding, without any conscious forces guiding them. But for the human brain, this concept is often hard to grasp. Why? One theory is that our brains… Read more

  • Corona Chaos, and what we can learn from it

    March 13, 2020 by

    It’s impossible to go anywhere these days without hearing the word “coronavirus” (or more specifically, Covid-19). Every media outlet (including this one) is passionately covering the topic. Arguments among friends and family are breaking out over whether it’s all media hype or a legitimate threat and, not surprisingly, every conspiracy theory under the sun is… Read more

  • Science Denial: Fuel for Global Crises

    March 5, 2020 by

    Science is a system of knowledge that has been around since long before Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. It’s widely believed that the first scientist was Ibn al-Haytham, an Iraqi mathematician and astronomer who died around 1040 AD in Cairo, Egypt. Since those days, science advanced at a relatively modest pace, picking up steam… Read more

  • Good food: a revolution that has finally begun

    February 24, 2020 by

    Indeed, the most common theme of these blogs is change, ideally for the better of society, the planet and all its inhabitants. Change is, as we all know, nothing new. The only thing that never changes is the fact that things are always changing, as crazy as that sounds. Yes, change has always been a… Read more

  • The future is in the waves

    February 7, 2020 by

    I remember when I was a kid in the 80’s, the thought of cars that don’t pollute the air never captured my attention. The thought of flying cars most certainly did (in large part thanks to Marty McFly and of course, Dr. Emmet “Doc” Brown). Back then, stories of a future where windmills and solar… Read more

  • This time it’s different….

    January 16, 2020 by

    As you may already know, immense portions of Australia are on fire. It’s no coincidence that 2018 happened to be the driest and hottest year on record for Australia. In a recent BBC article, Professor Richard Betts from Met Office Hadley Center stated that we’re “seeing a sign of what would be normal conditions under… Read more

  • Tomorrow’s meat on today’s plate

    December 28, 2019 by

    Like a fleet of alien spacecraft that just crashed landed on Earth, plant-based meats haven’t just destabilized the status quo, they’ve practically invaded our beloved fast food chains and family restaurants.  Not surprisingly, the burgeoning meatless meat industry has met fierce resistance from traditional industries, as have all disruptive changes throughout human history. Will the trend… Read more

  • Traveling the planet, with the planet in mind

    December 26, 2019 by

    Most modern-day transport takes an enormous toll on the environment. Despite recent innovations in mobility (fuel-efficient cars and planes), global transport spit out 1.9 billion metric tons of C02 into the atmosphere in 2018. That’s a lot of C02. Not all this C02 is from travelers. But a lot of it is. The problem is… Read more

  • Shopping to save the planet: a fascinating reality.

    December 17, 2019 by

    Ah yes, the holiday season is finally here. Family, loved ones, gifts, arguments about politics, and of course, lots of waste. We consume products as if they just fell from the sky, and pretend as if all the gift wrap, the plastic casing, and of course, the product itself eventually end up in some mysterious… Read more

  • Doing laundry has a huge impact on the planet. Let’s change that.

    December 8, 2019 by

    We all want to be as eco-friendly as possible. Let’s face it, nobody wants to live on a planet where the rivers and oceans are inundated with plastic, and where whales, fish and birds are choking on our trash. But at the same time, modern day life is good, isn’t it? Unless we’re willing to… Read more

  • Life inside the bubble.

    December 4, 2019 by

    As humans, our collective nature is undeniable. It’s mainly why we’re the most dominant species in existence. If we were all loners, like cats, we would have never built pyramids, and eventually skyscrapers. There would be no science, as we depend on the collective sharing of ideas and discoveries to build upon, which has enabled… Read more

  • City Renewables is bringing the future to you

    November 26, 2019 by

    In 1956 M. King Hubbert rightly predicted that US oil production would reach its peak in 1970, even though it “peaked” with much greater abundance than expected. But the apparent downward spiral of oil reserves has been contradicted in the last ten years, and oil consumption and production has rebounded, leaving the profound question of when,… Read more

  • Wildfires are getting worse. Here’s what to do about it.

    November 22, 2019 by

    Whether we want to accept it or not, human industrial activities are warming the planet at an unprecedented rate. The Amazon rainforest is on fire, and so is California. Many of us wish to deny the challenges we face, including those at the highest levels of government.  But we humans can be more intelligent than… Read more

  • Home: The easiest place to help the planet

    November 22, 2019 by

    It’s happening, whether we accept it or not. Human activities are warming the planet at an unprecedented rate. We are also dismantling the world’s rainforests and filling our beautiful rivers, lakes and oceans with plastics and chemicals. Major corporations are mainly at fault, but the decisions we make from home can take a huge toll on the… Read more

  • Changing the Game: An Uphill Battle

    November 22, 2019 by

    On October 1, 2019 a documentary called The Game Changers, presented by James Cameron, James Wilks, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, was made available for viewing worldwide. The film is about vegan athletes and their stories of success. It also shows the health benefits of plant-based diets and delves into the environmental impacts of animal agriculture. Coincidentally… Read more

  • The biggest steps you can take to save the planet, some of which may surprise you.

    November 22, 2019 by

    September 2019 will go down in history as the month when individuals in every city around the world stood up and courageously denounced global governments’ inaction on climate change.  This can also be attributed to the emergence of a new global icon. Greta Thumberg, a teenage environmental activist from Sweden, has stirred passions on every… Read more

  • Time to Get Off the Grid?

    November 22, 2019 by

    We often dream about returning to the simple life of our pre-modern ancestors, back when the idea of barricading ourselves in an office every day would have sounded like a fictional depiction of a nightmarish future. Indeed, the good old days, when humans roamed free, unconstrained by alarm clocks, bills, banks, debts, lawyers and bosses. … Read more

  • The five most common myths about plant based lifestyles

    November 22, 2019 by

    Change is happening right under our feet. More and more people are embracing plant-based/vegan lifestyles, or at least making significant reductions in their consumption of animal protein. From TV stars like Simon Cowell to movie legends like Arnold Schwarzeneggar. Of course, with change comes resistance, and when behavioral shifts negate previously held beliefs while forcing… Read more

  • Change is inevitable, and necessary

    November 22, 2019 by

    After birth, all living things are destined to grow, mature, thrive, age, and eventually perish. Similar cycles generally apply to other areas of life, such as belief systems, businesses, and entire industries. Inevitably, the ways of humankind are also destined to transform in myriad ways. In 1956 M. King Hubbert rightly predicted that US oil… Read more

  • Preparing ourselves for a changing world

    November 22, 2019 by

    The climate system is changing faster than previously predicted by scientists around the world. Floods and droughts are increasing in frequency, and are only expected to intensify in the coming years. The frozen island of Greenland is melting at a record pace, with 2019 now considered the year when the frigid landmass contributed most to global sea level rise. The numbers are… Read more

  • The human default setting, and where it’s taking us

    November 3, 2019 by

    From the moment we’re born we are equipped with a repertoire of physical and psychological traits, whether we like it or not. Like a brand-new computer operating system that comes with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc, our operating system comes with emotions such as jealousy, fear, love, anger, etc. It’s obvious such attributes have played a… Read more

  • Superheroes with Super-egos

    October 8, 2019 by

    Since jumping onto the world stage we’ve conquered every corner of it. Why? For one, our ability to form complex languages helped us cooperate. But what really catapulted us to another level is our ability to create stories. Religions, nations and corporations are just figments of our collective imagination, but they’ve led to realities like… Read more

  • Greta Thunberg. A lion in disguise?

    September 30, 2019 by

    The human brain is exceptionally complex. That is undeniable. But one driver of human behavior, known by social scientists as the savanna principal, provides a better understanding of why we are the way we are. According to the American Sociological Association, “the human brain has difficulty comprehending and dealing with entities and situations that did… Read more

  • The Greenland Delusion

    September 19, 2019 by

    In August 2019, President Trump expressed interest in buying the frozen island of Greenland, an autonomous territory of Denmark. As usual, the president left much of the world at a lack of words, unsure whether it was a joke or something to be taken seriously. It turned out to be more than just a bluff,… Read more

  • Conveniently Confused

    August 23, 2019 by

    It was the fall of 1962, and people throughout the United States and the world gathered to protest against a potential nuclear catastrophe, now known as the Cuban Missile Crisis. For a moment it seemed the entire world was motivated and united under a single cause. And nobody in their right mind would have doubted… Read more

  • Party on a Blazing Cruise Ship

    August 14, 2019 by

    The Industrial Revolution made life much easier for some, and much more miserable for others. Luckily, through time, mechanization helped ease that burden, and today most people in the world’s more developed economies enjoy a level of leisure our ancestors could have only dreamed of. Around the first century A.D there were roughly five hundred… Read more

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