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hobold:
This is not a call to action. This is not a demand to change your life. This text will end with a public confession of my own inability to comply with the measures mentioned. Merely a bit of surprising information that I came across as I tried to actively fend off my own climate depression.

In the country I am living in, the public debate about climate change is focused on topics like restricting the use of fossil fuels, of plastic and other petrochemical products, of non-renewable energy. In other words, the public debate is focused on oil and coal.

I was surprised to find out that there are two other topics, not talked about much over here, which are simpler to do, and would have a quick and strong positive effect on the biosphere.


1. Stop mowing our lawns.
Stop planting and seeding exotic species there. In general, stop gardening. Turn the lawn into a nature reserve, and let nature tend to itself.

The rationale here is that earthworms, insects, invertebrates have already drastically reduced in number (down to a quarter over the last 30 years in the worst cases), and the remaining animals tend to be smaller and weaker than they used to be. This in turn has reduced the amount of food available to predators such as birds and hedgehogs.

Nature is incredibly resilient. If we stop our ongoing collective gardening efforts, it will recover very quickly. After two or three years of "neglect", there will already be a lot more life on the lawn than ever before.


2. Significantly reduce consumption of meat.
And of animal products in general.

It takes a surprisingly large amount of land, of water, of food plants to breed our domesticated animals. It is not too surprising that it is highy inefficient to use the lion's share of our crops for the production of meat, milk, eggs, leather, and so on.

Hypothetically, if we could do away with livestock farming entirely, we would require maybe a third of the farmland that we are using now, possibly less. That alone would relieve a ton of pressure on the environment.

I don't know if we can reduce our consumption to zero. I vaguely remember that back in my childhood, the conventional wisdom was that children do need quite a bit of protein to build up their rapidly growing bodies. But adults at least seem to do fine in societies where meat has been scarce traditionally and historically.


Again, this is not a call to action. This is not a demand. I myself am horribly failing point 2, and I don't know if I have the willpower to just say no. But I am quite sure I can adapt when there are fewer and fewer opportunities to dine meat. But it seems my refusal to ever own a car and prefer a bike instead was a comparatively meaningless effort.

I was surprised that these two things were not part of the public debate.

Stay safe. There is still plenty opportunity to avoid this particular catastrophe. There is still hope.


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Alef:
EU spends enermous amounts of € just to keep human altered nature and traditional scenery.
When driveing throught a Latvian countrieside I noticed lots of hay heeps, some of them of the previous years and rotting. There is no use for them but gov pays (from a taxes) for keeping traditional meadovs and cutting the grass.
I think they should let nature go it's way. So that there will grow willow bushes and later a forest. If you want meadows then maybe they should release wild horses. ANyway meadows aren't natural.

Alsou there is detrimental land mamagement practice of burning the dry grass of the previous year. Here goverment for at least 30 years are teaching population not to burn the grass. Not very efficient, in rural areas folks tend to be very conservative and not listening to advice of stupid urban intellectuals. But it have some effect. The same goes in Russia with it's enermous territories, but gov is mutch further away from rural areas. This alsou leads to hudge material losses when fire goes out of control.

In USA and Australia colonists learned from natives to burn the grass. This must have enermous impact on climate and ecology. CO2 and sooth particles, SO2...
With a time vegetation grows less. Increased biodiversity is becouse of less strong vegetation.

Well, these natives aren't so eco. Most of fauna were eliminated by natives not WEIRD (Western Educated Industrial uRbanised Democratic). Say dressed in animal skins european hunter gatherers destroyed all the pleistocene megafauna which actualy were quite simmilar to African savannah;)



As for the meat, some proteins is needed. It's alsou are getting expensive. The only real protein alternative to the meat are beans. Alsou most of meat are grown on beans.
It is just too hard food and there is not enought recepies. In middle east and in Mexico they eat lot of beans. Falafel is like meatballs, alsou humos. It is just too expensive localy. Completely veganism must not be healty but if there would be more meat alternatives. Actualy I like beans. Just that it often results in upset stomach. Without proteins I don't feel healthy.


Maybe Covid had sligthly turned the trend in opposite. Winter was cold. There weren't less CO2. But as a covid there could be less sooth particles in air. I 'm living in North but I hate cold. I thin I must move to some warmer country somewhere around Medditerain.
But in Russian european norther regions population actualy would like a bitt of global warming. "It's too cold here." Throught population seems to be moveing south.

Alsou electric cars. But they are so expensive and it needs a lot of lithium, cobalt and rare earth elements. Gov of Estonia alsou had calculated that if ppl would drive electro cars they would recieve 1/5 less taxes paid.



Most of the nature were destroyed long before us.

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