January News | Bill Spadea, Floating Cities, Planetary Health Diet
Today, I’m going to be something new, and it involves reviewing news that I’ve come across this month.
I’m going to start this out by showing you a short clip of Bill Spadea from New Jersey. Now towards the end of this video, he does comment that we should be saving water and not polluting. But he just doesn’t understand sustainability. He thinks it’s okay that we use single use plastics until the landfills fill-up completely. And to him that is 50 to 75 years from now and he doesn’t care about anything after that. He’s only thinking about himself and the immediate future, but all the generation after him will be furious. FURIOUS.
Because also in the news, on January 15th, The Atlantic published an article about us living through Climate Change’s Worst-Case scenario. Now, climate change has a lot of different moving parts and is kinda hard to follow all the things that are affect and are changing. It ranges from endangered species, world-spread diseases, pollution, temperature rise, etc. The list goes on, there is a lot involved.
Anyway, Rob Jackson from the Global Carbon Project says that we are a lot closer than we should be to the worst-case scenario. Meaning even though countries have been doing a lot to mitigate climate change, we just haven’t done enough yet and carbon dioxide levels continue to rise which means the global average temperature continues to rise. And on January 22nd of 2019, the Mauna Loa Observatory saw the highest ever daily average of carbon dioxide which was 413.96 parts per million.
But in other news, on January 18th, Arch Daily came out with an article about the Eco-Friend Floating Cities of the Future! Woo! As our world population continues to rapidly expand, designers are looking to develop the seas. An architecture and planning firm called Urban Power is planning to start construction in 2022 on nine man-made islands off the southern coast of Copenhagen, Demark. And yes, you guessed, they are going for complete sustainability and low to no emissions. It sorta reminds me of the 1995 movie with Kevin Costner called Waterworld.
Also, a new report published in the Lancet on January 16th revealed the “planetary health diet”. Which has been researched for the last 3 years by 37 scientists from 16 different countries. This plan new eating plan is supposed to be the most sustainable way of eating. It’s primarily a plant-based diet with small amounts of added sugar, starchy veggies, dairy, eggs, and animal-sourced protein. So, it’s not completely vegetarian or vegan.
But the point is, is that food systems are the main users of fresh water, they are the leading driver of biodiversity loss, land-use changes, and they cause eutrophication and dead zones in lakes and coastal areas. By changing people’s diets and how food is produced, we can make a bigger impact of lower carbon footprints and also decreases several life-threating diseases. Just with the implantation of this diet.
Thank you all for watching today and reviewing some January news. If you see run across any interesting news items about sustainability or climate change or clean living, send them to me. I’m always interested to see what’s new and what’s next.