Personal Action Step 8:
Even if the escalating climate destabilization caused by fossil fuel burning that causes global warming did not exist, (which it does), you will still want to reduce, recycle, and reuse to reduce your eco-footprint. There are two very big reasons for paying attention to the 5,000 Year Reduce, Recycle, and Reuse Principle.
First, there is the finiteness of Earth's resources factor. Everything that everyone will need who will live on Earth over the next 5,000 years will have to be found primarily only on Earth itself according to our scientists. This is because living on the closest potentially inhabitable planet would take a spaceflight of 5,000 years --- if we could increase the speed of current space flight by 100 times. Bringing resources back to Earth from closer planets would be both technically and economically unfeasible in the quantities that we will need.
Secondly, there is the peak oil challenge and the many transportation, agricultural, and other major changes it will bring in the near future. Let’s face it--Earth with its current limited resources is all we have to really live upon for the greatest mass of our population for the next 5,000 years --- we have to reduce, recycle, and reuse! (If you are not quite sure what the peak oil challenge is, click here.)
To help you reduce and have more enjoyment, time and other benefits with less we recommend reading the book called "Your Money or Your Life." While we have to adapt to the increasing complexity in life, this does not mean that we always must have more. We can be happier with less and balance the growing complexity as life evolves with an informed and rewarding personal simplicity that uses the complex advances of life in an intelligent and appropriate manner. For additional information on how the "law of diminishing returns" provides another key incentive for us to reduce, recycle and reuse, click here.
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