A poem to cows, food and climate action

I am listening to Jonathan Safran Foer’s book ‘We are the weather – saving the planet begins at breakfast’ and a new mind-blowing report that RethinkX published on food and agriculture is out.

Listening to ‘We are the weather’ is both nerve wrecking, but also comes with a plan. I recommend it – that is, a part from those times where I just want to throw my headphones in a corner and rock myself softly back and forward.

While we wait for bio technology (or food-as-software as them geeks call it) to replace livestock or dairy such as cows or cheeses made by yeast cells at new culture to go mainstream: We have to keep at it, rockers!

So we can all do our share in shaping the world for tomorrow. Which includes: eating less meat, flying less and keeping fossil fuel in the ground.

Jonathan discusses in his book that we all should just eat dairy and meat at dinner – not breakfast and not lunch. I digg it. In fact I digg it so much that it is the next step on my own personal ‘let’s not eat that much meat people’ staircase to be introduced to my loved ones – a part from cutting beef from the menu, and turning the vegetables up. And some of us could go vegetarian around breakfast and lunch right?

Agriculture is about to be spotify-ied

And totally up the ‘We are the weather’ alley, I saw this morning that something is finally going to be done about livestock and agriculture which accounts for around 24 % of total co2 emissions – and you know.. Cutting or burning down the amazonas.

But: (there’s a new RethinkX report on food and agriculture that says that the next ‘industry’ to be disrupted is agriculture’. in 10 years time the report says that the number of cows in the U.S. will have fallen with 50 %, and that all other livestock industries will suffer a similar fate – because of precision biology.

So should we all just wait 10 years before doing anything about the climate as individuals? When we are not panicking? Hellz-no. Just do whatever you can. Speak up. Join a strike (I will be joining the climate strike tomorrow in New York). At least, don’t eat cows, next step is pork and the last step is chicken. Livestock are lovely beings, but fx. when 95% of cows are being produced for meat purposes only, it’s really sad and they become production more than animals. Which could be why they made up the livestock word in the first place.

Serve and save the world, rockers! – I will be talking more about climate, business, those pesky Global Goals sooner than you know.

until then:

Do not be reasonable

George Bernard Shaw once said ‘all progress depends on not being reasonable’. The planet needs unreasonableness for climate action from every angle, and it needs it now.

I sometimes feel it in me, when my friends throw cigarette buds in a sewer or I am opening plastic from the stores to get my groceries into my fridge.

I am getting into an anxiety driven mood of ‘what a fucking waste’ combined with climate depression turning into climate action over time. It mystifies me at my core, that we as inhabitants on a planet has build a capitalistic system in such little support to the ecosystem it stands on.

I feel sad when I open the news seeing what weather- apocalyptic scenarios are happening around the world, and I am saying my prayers that nothing has happened in Denmark – yet. And I wonder: why is it that we haven’t implemented the solutions ready-at-hand by now? who are the hesitant decision-makers that we need to convince that this is something to be dealt with, in real-time.

I read a quote today by Gus Speth saying that ‘the top environmental problems is selfishness, greed and apathy. To deal with those we need a spiritual and cultural transformation – and we scientists don’t know how to do that.

Luckily a lot of other people do, they just need to be mobilized towards climate action also. We need the people working in the spiritual and cultural spheres to help people ‘not being reasonable’ and start directing their work towards Gaia or ‘Mother Earth’.

Anybody out there want to help me, make that happen? Of course, something is already stirring in my cauldron=) and I can’t wait to show it to you – soon.

The generation with the most badass legacy

This morning the tragic news in the IPCC report came in through the radio. Rockers, we are losing planet earth and faster than we thought – we need climate action and we need it now.

We are already at 1 degree about industrial levels and according to the Paris Agreement. We need to stay below 1,5 degrees to not have completely devastating effect for humanity.

This has been known for a while – but it seems like it’s a bit worse than expected. However, we can still turn things around with radical action – actions that start today. Things ARE changing for the better though, but we don’t only need better we also need faster and more.

Is climate change only working against us ? or could it work for us?

It reminds me of Paul Hawken and Project Drawdown in which where he shares the mindblowing statement along the lines of: ‘we should look at climate change as if it’s something that’s working FOR us and not against us’.

A line that’s SO empowering – that climate change is working for us, making us become our most purposeful and action-driven selves. Transforming the world through our actions.

I hope you can feel the empowerment right now – I sure can.  What if we started to own this statement, and started to transform the world every day?

What if we could be generation that transformed the planet through the power we all have, at every given level of society. the opposite is really grim: being the generation that lost planet earth to climate change because of the way our society is structured.

The generation with the most badass legacy

We could become the generation with the most badass legacy. The generation that turns this around. The generation that hands our planet over to our kids and say ‘we’ve worked it out, you will be alright’ instead of saying ‘doom and gloom’.

I know, we can do this together, we can’t lose  faith and turn into small depressed cocoons. We need to do way more to transform things in the right direction.

So let’s do this! Let’s become the generation with the most badass legacy!