You visit a pond and on the first day you notice that in the pond is a single lily pad while the remainder of the pond remains open. When you visit the pond on the second day and you notice there are now two lily pads and on the proceeding days you notice that for every day you visit the number of lily pads doubles. If on the thirtieth day you visit the pond you find it to be completely full of lily pads, how much of the pond was covered with lily pads on the 29th day? Precisely half. This is an old French story designed to teach children the idea of exponential growth.
It is also a good way to think of our planets atmosphere and for as much CO2 as nations have been dumping into it and the corresponding reactions we are now witnessing around the world it is a safe guess that we are well into our planets twenty ninth day according to Lester Brown. Of the worlds visionaries, Lester Brown has been a leading author and environmentalist on many of what he envisions as being the worlds most pressing tipping points of food sources and governments globally. His insights have caused many of our worlds leaders to begin completely rethinking their economics, environments, food sources and population controls we all one day will greatly depend on for our global civilizations very survival. According to him our way of life and the business as usual mentality we have worldwide is no longer viably sustainable and every nation must begin making changes before time runs out and we can no longer reverse the effects that are already under way.
This globalization to save civilization is not a spectator sport, everyone must get involved and although there are a great many things that need to be done you can make a difference. Pick a part, get involved and we all can start by making sure our individual political systems have elected members who truly care about this issue and will make the necessary changes that we all need to have made. Below is the link for the full version of the premier of “Journey to Planet Earth” narrated by Matt Damon. Enjoy and please share!