Darkside – Freak, Go Home

This is not just my first post on time. It was even written yesterday. Which is even more remarkable as I have been struggling to write it because not much has happened in the last two weeks while so much has happened in the last two weeks. Like Alice – if Alice was a male engineer – I have been following the rabbit with the clock of internal workings into the rabbithole. The world I found is bizar to me to say the least. Some stuff makes you feel small and some stuff makes you feel big. And all the characters from short-tempered queens – male or female – over fearful mice to smoking caterpillars and even an ever grinning cat can be found.

I have been struggling how to write about all I’ve learned in the past 4 month but especially the past 4 weeks. I want to be critical without scorching, I want to be fair without fooling myself. I want to praise where deserved and shun where necessary. But at the moment I am to deep inside the rabbithole. I will not avoid this topic because it is difficult but I have to give me more time to be able to write accordingly.

So for now I decided just to recap for myself what the lessons for me are in therms of sustainability:

1. Development that requires continious grow (expansion) can never be sustainable. A sustainable model can grow but it does not require such to prevail. Growth is a side effect not the target. When growth becomes a target on itself it leads to the loss of integrity which then in turn will attract people that seek short cuts.

2. The biggest contribution one can make for a more sustainable and environmental friendly future is change his/her diet. According to a UN report 51% of greenhouse gas emission is due to livestock grazing. With all the side effects of deforestation, ocean deadzones and crime. But the most compelling argument should be that right now on earth there is enough food grown for 10-15 billion people but depending on the area between 50% and 80% procent of it (mostly corn) is fed to livestock (caddle)[2]. There you have a nice argument for your next discussion about the necessity of GMO’s.
The best thing would be to go vegan. I am not there yet. I could be considerd a vegetarian wasn’t it for the chicken I eat every 2 or 3 month. I could even become Vegan quite easily but am not yet ready to let go of eggs and cheese.

3. There are no short cuts. Take pride in mastering a long difficult way and enjoy the step by step process. Don’t wear somebody elses feathers (don’t take credit for others accomplishments).

This all is pretty straight forward and nothing new. But I don’t know what else to write. As an engineer I want problems to be about technology but so far the most effective solutions to problems ranging from minor to dire do not fail because of technology but because of the lacking will of implementation.

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[1] http://www.worldwatch.org/node/6294
[2] http://cowspiracy.com

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