Ignorance is bliss?
When you’re faced with a problem, who do you turn to for help? Chances are that the best advice comes from experts of the particular field that your problem is in. This is also the case with climate change and a bunch of other problems of the world.
But what good is an expert opinion when they’re consistently being ignored? Case in point: the cod stocks of the North Sea where a complete ban on cod fishing is – again – proposed for next year to allow the stock to recover above the minimum level. Considering the effect that the fish stock collapse of Georges Bank had (i.e. it may never again recover), this sounds like sound advice that should be acted on.
A ban has been proposed every year since 2001, and the advice is being ignored. Again. Why? From the news article:
The Scottish Fisherman’s Federation said “draconian cuts” to allowances would have a serious impact on the Scottish fleet.
Well no shit, of course it would. But try having your fish quota cut to zero for the foreseeable future instead of just one year. It again comes down to actually knowing what we need to do to continue sustainably but choosing to ignore it.
Call for manufacturing de-globalization
As energy (and particularly, fuel) prices rise, shipping stuff from place A to place B will become more and more expensive. Considering that in the long term this is a rather certain trend, it’s amazing that companies are still offshoring manufacturing to China or other “cheap” places, completely dismissing the rising transportation costs in the future.
So it seems inevitable that more and more manufacturing will sooner or later move (back) closer to the consumers – and there are some signs of this already happening. The trouble is that once you ramp down production of goods in one country, it can be very difficult to bring it back in even when necessary.
WWF Publishes Living Planet report
Read it. After discovering that Finland pretty much tops the list of the countries with the biggest ecological footprint, Finns have been busy finding mistakes and faults in the report – some justified, most not. While in many respects Finland is in a decent position (e.g. our biocapacity is much bigger than our footprint), it’s no reason for complacency.
Also just to see how much debt you’re incurring on our planet, calculate your own ecological footprint here.