Footprints

Footprints Newsletter

 Newsletter #8 - March 2007 for the Crisis Coalition at 
www.planetextinction.com

IT IS NOW OR NEVER
WE DONT HAVE TIME TO PROCRASTINATE

Footprints

Comparison of US and Australian ecological footprints with African. Every American puts 23.6 tons of CO2-e into the atmosphere every year, every Australian 26.5 tons and most Africans a lot less than 1 ton each.

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We have reached thousands around the world since we began 5 months ago. The map shows where we were read last month. We are among many in this incredible work, but - with George Monbiot and Tim Flannery and Jim Hansen - we are the bow of the ship. Few others are prepared to demand a 90% reduction in emissions within ten years - yet only this guarantees our survival.

This is why our work is vital. We will have succeeded if we act now!
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Is our work worth the cost of a daily cup of coffee and your newspaper? What you spend so carelessly each day on these pleasures is all we would need.

 If you have a business would you consider a Tithe for the Earth of a small percentage of your turnover? That's not a lot for you, yet would be immeasurably valuable for us and the cause we share.
 
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Please, without a Tithe for the Earth given willingly and with love we will not be able to continue.
 
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There are wonderfully skilled people on our team who are (and will continue) to contribute without charge, but we are being hamstrung for lack of funds and are being burnt out. We cant save the planet on our own!
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What is a Footprint?

The world 28 years ago: In January 1989 Time magazine devoted an issue to the Endangered Earth! Viki Wright generously sent me a copy.

It could have been published yesterday. Just alter a figure here or there, and we were then in exactly the position we are in now, except then we had room to manoeuvre.

Horrifying pictures of deliberate megafires "torching the Brazilian rain forest" with the subtitle Unprecedented profligacy in the name of progress.

More photos of floods in Bangladesh, drought in North Dakota, smog in Beijing, famine in Africa and death in the North Sea. Nothing has changed!!!

One article is powerfully entitled The Death of Birth on our reckless extermination of diversity and species.

Another, Feeling the Heat, talks of greenhouse gasses creating a climate catastrophe.

James Hansen, who is still front page news as head of NASA's Institute of Space Studies and one-time adviser to the US Government, said then (just as he is saying now) "It is time to stop waffling .. The evidence is pretty strong that the greenhouse effect is here".

The article includes these two poignant sentences:
    "Tree planting will have negligible impact if people continue to pump CO2 into the atmosphere"
              and
    "The most effective way to spur conservation is to raise the cost of fossil fuels as current prices do not reflect the environmental cost." 

         Did we listen?

There are other stunningly accurate and prescient articles on trash and pollution, and population. The numbers indicate how desperate our situation has become, for we were 5.2 billion then, and have grown to a billion more today.

One page quotes Al Gore, who was then a Senator, and wrote "We are at an environmental boiling point right now". He summed up today's political impass by quoting General Omar Bradley "Its time we steered by the stars and not by the lights of passing ships."

1989 was the year of Exxon-Valdez, the Berlin Wall and Tiananmen Square. It was the year that the Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Remember, World! - and hold your head in shame. Now it may be too late when then we still had the most precious commodity of all, Time.

Consumerism run wild: Globally, the 20% of the world's people in the highest-income countries account for 86% of total private consumption - the poorest 20% a minuscule 1.3%.

Then who has to reduce their footprint?

If the richest fifth consume almost half the world's meat and own over 80% of the world's vehicles, then who has to make sacrifices to lower emissions.

If you are reading this, then you are likely to have an over-large footprint, so start planning now to buy less, own less and consume a lot less.

We can transform our life on this planet and maintain
our lifestyles - but ONLY if we start NOW.

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