The Three Stages of Environmental Action

I believe that within the next 200 years, we will see the following three stages of action / reaction to the environmental issues brewing:

  1. Prevention: people trying to minimize their damage by decreasing their carbon footprint, recycling, etc.
  2. Opportunity: people and industries capitalizing on the “greening” of our lives, as well as shifting values in real estate as coast lines disappear.
  3. Survival: when populations have to move from places like London and NYC, there will be an “every man for himself” frame of mind.  People will see the severe lack and shifting of resources.  They will panic, economies will plummet, and all hell will break loose.

So what can you do now?

Enjoy the world as it is while you can.  Things are only going to get worse.


How to Save Water and be Green

One thing that really gets to me is when people hand wash dishes and leave the water running hard the entire time.

Although it adds more labor, I turn the water off frequently while doing my dishes. I’ve seen people leave the water running to go answer the phone, use the bathroom, etc.

Turn the water off.

Environmental Armegeddon: Real Estate Investments When Global Warming Hits Hard

We are all worried and anxious over the impending environmental Armegeddon.

However, there have got to be good investment opportunities as well.

I just sent the following email to my realtor, asking her to address the question in her upcoming San Francisco real estate newsletter.

“We all hear about the upcoming environmental Armageddon with flooded coastlines, water shortages, species loss, and longer and hotter heat waves.

I am wondering how I can turn this inevitable global tragedy into a golden investment opportunity. Where should I be buying land so that when human suffering is at its worst, my investments can command top dollar?”

Note: this is filed under “satire”.

Vegetarianism, The Environment, Greenhouse Gases

I am frequently asked why I am a vegetarian.

I’m not really sure, but I know there are good reasons.

This is from the LA Times:

“All told, livestock are responsible for 18% of greenhouse-gas emissions worldwide, according to the U.N. — more than all the planes, trains and automobiles on the planet. And it’s going to get a lot worse. As living standards rise in the developing world, so does its fondness for meat and dairy. Annual per-capita meat consumption in developing countries doubled from 31 pounds in 1980 to 62 pounds in 2002, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, which expects global meat production to more than double by 2050. That means the environmental damage of ranching would have to be cut in half just to keep emissions at their current, dangerous level.

It isn’t enough to improve mileage standards or crack down on diesel truck emissions . . . Eventually, the United States and other countries are going to have to clean up their agricultural practices, while consumers can do their part by cutting back on red meat.”

But you never hear anyone saying that being green means not eating, or at least cutting back on, eating meat.