J Morris Hicks

J Morris Hicks

Posted August 5, 2013

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Are humans the "infestation" of planet Earth?

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I say YES! And a prominent Microsoft scientist agrees. Although he didn't actually refer to infestation specifically, his 3600-word article left no doubt. The title itself speaks volumes:

"Humans: the real threat to life on Earth."

Microsoft's head of Computational Science (based in Cambridge, UK), Dr. Stephen Emmott recently presented the world with a terrifying wake-up call. And his message is simply this. Unless we make some HUGE changes in the way we live and reproduce, our future descendants are in deep trouble. A link to his entire article (an edited extract from his new book, Ten Billion) is provided below.

Book description. Deforestation. Desertification. Species extinction. Global warming. Growing threats to food and water. These driving issues of our times are the result of one huge problem: Us.

Dr. Emmott's book comes out in Sept. 2013.
Dr. Emmott's book comes out in Sept. 2013.

Dr. Emmott does a magnificent job of describing the global issues that we face yet, like others before him, he makes no mention of the single most powerful "behavioral change" that we could make to alleviate many of those dire realities. Like practically all of our most brilliant scientists, he probably believes that we truly "need" to eat animal protein in order to be healthy.

Once he realizes that we don't need ANY animal protein, he will quickly grasp the staggering benefits of using 90% less land, 90% less water and 90% less energy to produce the same number of food calories. Maybe then he will see the ray of hope that I see---a plant-based pathway out of this horrible mess that our species has created.

As he says, "The only solution left to us is to change our behavior, radically and globally." Yes, but let's start with the single "behavioral change" that will yield the greatest benefit---in the least amount of time. Let's put together a "dream team" of leaders to teach the entire world what we should be eating. Let's stop destroying the lungs of the world (our rain forests) in the search for more arable land to perpetuate the most harmful, wasteful and unsustainable diet-style imaginable. Continue reading this article.

—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation