A GIANT STEP BACKWARDS

A Giant Step Backwards

By: Chaitanya Davé

With his dramatic announcement, President Trump has unwisely decided to take America out of Paris Agreement on climate change; the agreement approved and signed by 194 countries of the world. This is a giant step against global environment, against humanity and against all the earth’s inhabitants. It defies logic, common sense and long term well-being of humanity at large. With this decision, the US president has exhibited utter disregard for global climate and for survival of humanity because the greatest threat facing humanity today is global warming. Naturally, this decision will go down in history as one of the most irresponsible act by a US president.

It seems our president does not realize that green energy today is as cheap as dirty energy from fossil fuel and it is getting cheaper by the day as the world moves towards green energy. The whole world is moving away from coal as it is the greatest polluter of the environment.

World’s reaction—vast majority of the world’s people are in favor of Paris Agreement. Even majority of Americans are in favor of the Paris Agreement. No wonder, leaders of rest of the world have condemned Trump’s decision.

The consequences of this irresponsible act by the US president could be dire if countries like China and India follow America’s example. Luckily, all the 194 countries wisely have decided to follow this agreement on climate control with or without America.

American government has pulled out of Paris Accord, but American people are committed to Paris Agreement. Wisely led by California, 22 American states led by California and New York have decided to follow climate mitigation efforts despite the US government’s irresponsible decision. Nation’s leader in emissions reductions, California along with New York and Washington state have built an alliance that will guide the nation to Paris Agreement without the federal government’s help.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is leading cities in emissions reduction efforts that has already listed 150 members.

Contrary to President Trump’s “Pittsburgh Not Paris March”, Pittsburgh’s mayor Bill Peduto announced the pledge to move his city to 100% renewable energy by 2035.

The developed nations such as America, Europe, Russia, Canada and Australia bear major responsibility for creating the climate change as they are emitting huge quantities of carbon for more than a century. So they bear a huge responsibility to cut their emissions and help with technology and financial assistance to developing countries to switch to green energy.

With this unwise decision by President Trump, America’s leadership in the world will be jeopardized. Paraphrasing Paul Krugman, the well-known Nobel Laureate economist, “An irresponsible leader sent the whole world careening off to hell in a golf cart”.

 

 

 

 

 

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Announcing My New Book

MONUMENTAL SHIFT: Creating A New Economy with Genuine Democracy

By: Chaitanya Davé

Pages: 346, Price: $19.95, Kindle price: $9.99
 
This book is now available in USA, UK, France, Europe, India and Brazil.
Also available in Kindle form, price: $9.99 in above countries.
For more than two centuries, America’s unbridled capitalism has created a class of super-rich individuals with enormous wealth. With wealth comes political power which they have misused to hijack our democracy and established an oligarchy.

Today, the greatest threat facing humanity is climate change and the biggest contributor to it is global capitalism.
 Global capitalism, if not replaced with a democratic economy that is fair and in harmony with nature, will devour the last remaining resources of our finite earth. In the process, it will devastate the earth’s remaining forests, pollute planet’s environment, its oceans, rivers and soil.
Capitalism’s crusade around the world–if not stopped and replaced with a modern system that is people and nature-friendly and sustainable–will destroy humanity itself along with all other living species of this beautiful planet.
Chaitanya Davé, convinced that we cannot have genuine democracy without a democratic economy, proposes a new and practical alternative; a democratic, fair for all and sustainable economy that fosters genuine democracy and is in harmony with nature.
chaitanyadave@hotmail.com
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Excerpt from my Forthcoming Book “Monumental Shift”

Monumental Shift: Creating a New Economy with Genuine Democracy, Introduction,Page: Xii-Xiii

Years ago, chiefs and kings ruled over people. Then came the dictators and despots. Democracy finally evolved in Europe and America, followed by other countries of the world as they gained their independence from imperialist powers. Around the early 20th century, communism emerged in Russia, then subsequently in China. Of course, as a system of economic development, capitalism was already getting stronger in the Western nations led by the United States in last 200 years. We saw around the late 20th century the demise of communism as it was not good for the people and could not survive. It is through this book that I will attempt to encourage the reader to see what capitalism truly is and why it must also go. In later chapters, I have tried to describe the planetary devastation the global multinationals have caused and are still causing to ecosystems and forests in the vast corners of the world. I have tried to point out the mass poverty and inequality that capitalism and its arm called globalization is responsible for around the world.
After all, what is the purpose of a society? What is the goal of a country, especially a genuinely democratic one? Isn’t it to look after all its people and their welfare rather than a select few?
How can a civilized, genuinely democratic country allow millions of its people wallow in poverty while a few of its oligarchs get richer and richer day by day? How can any sensible and decent country allow that to happen? Well, it is happening right now in the United States.
Unless those of us who are aware and compassionate stop this “March of Folly”, this “Capitalism’s Crusade” as soon as possible, the consequences for this country and the world will be dire. We see every day, increasing evidence that capitalism which was once the basis for an unprecedented wave of creativity and liberation, has transformed itself into a force for decay, destruction, and death.
Capitalism, by exploiting resources of this planet and its people, has created vast oceans of poverty with a few islands of enormous wealth. More than a billion people live below two dollars a day and hundreds of millions more survive with a dollar a day while the Forbes List continues to proudly publish its list of billionaires every year.
The greatest threat to the survival of humanity and other innocent creatures of our planet today is climate change. Through continuous exploitation of the Earth’s resources, global capitalism is the main vehicle through which our Earth is continuously being exploited. Capitalism’s dogma of ceaseless growth foolishly measured through GDPs persists despite the Earth’s devastation beyond its capacity to bear. Unless we realize that this planet has finite resources and that continuous, out of control growth through exploiting these finite resources is not only unsustainable but impossible and catastrophic, humanity and the Earth itself are all doomed.
Capitalism is on a collision course with the wellbeing of Mother Earth. This planet is warming due to atmospheric carbon emissions. The greatest emitter of this carbon is uncontrolled production and trade of commodities encouraged, sustained, and perpetrated by global capitalism. Unless the world learns to live within its earthly means, unless we humans live within a sustainable growth structure, catastrophe for our planet is surely guaranteed. If humanity survives, we will leave a horribly polluted, destroyed, and hot burning planet to our children. Is this what we desire? Can we depend on our myopic and foolish politicians who only look forward to the next election and the next few years while our planet is hurtling towards a catastrophe created by out of control growth perpetrated by our economic system?

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Should India Allow Religious Conversions?

Since a long time, religious conversions have become common in secular India. Usually religious conversions are practiced by Christian Missionaries who specifically come to India just to do that. Usually the poor Hindus are converted to Christianity for some kind of rewards such as money, medicine or even food. Hinduism is a non-proselytizing religion.
Article 15 and article 25 of the constitution of India gives everyone the freedom of religion in India but that should not be misunderstood as freedom to convert others.
Currently, five Indian states—Orissa was the first state to pass anti-conversion laws in 1967; followed by Madhya Pradesh in 1968 and Arunachal Pradesh in 1978. Catholics protested against this, arguing that propagation of their faith was an important part of Christianity. Both laws, enacted by Orissa and Madhya Pradesh High Courts were challenged pointing out Article 25 of the Constitution. But the Supreme Court supported the laws saying “What is freedom for one is freedom for the other in equal measure and there can therefore be no such thing as a fundamental right to convert any person to one’s own religion.”
Chhattisgarh in 2000 and Gujarat in 2003 passed anti-conversion laws. In February 2007, Himachal Pradesh also passed anti-conversion laws and now have anti-conversion laws in place to stop forced conversions. As long as these conversions are voluntary, the laws do not ban conversions. Arunachal Pradesh has enacted anti-conversion laws, but its government has yet to frame the rules to enforce it. In 2008, Rajasthan passed a bill that has yet to be converted into law.
All states’ laws are strikingly similar. All of them prohibit conversion from one religion to another by the use of coercion, allurement or by fraudulent means. Allurement or inducement is defined as a gift or material benefit while force is defined as the threat of injury which includes threat of divine displeasure or social excommunication.
In Gujarat and Chhattisgarh, a person seeking to convert must seek permission from the district magistrate at least 30 days prior to the date of the intended conversion. In Himachal Pradesh, an individual is required to notify the magistrate 30 days in advance that he/she intends to convert.
In 2013, BJP had declared that they would bring anti-conversion laws nationwide if they came to power. Amit shah has challenged the opposition parties to support these laws as BJP does not have a majority in the Rajya Sabha at present.
Why should India allow any kind of conversions to take place? We are already divided enough; why should we allow further division of the country on religious line? It is very important to note that foreign missionaries who are in India have only one mission on their
agenda; that is to Christianize the country as much as possible. Why should India allow foreign missionaries to enter the country in the first place? They should all be banned from entering the country.
India is the most religiously tolerant country in the world. But nobody should be allowed to take wrong advantage of this.
The Indian parliament must pass the law banning any conversions from any religion to the other unless people themselves want to change their religion without any outside persuasion. Any person or group of persons who are found converting other people by force or by inducement or gifts should be prosecuted, and if proven guilty should be given appropriate punishment. The foreign missionaries should be totally banned from entering India, period. They are up to “no good” anyway.
When Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh was luring thousands of American Christians to Hinduism, Reagan administration prosecuted him on a technical immigration violation and jailed him for quite some time and ultimately deported him to India. It is also highly suspected that the US government reportedly poisoned him with slow poison which ultimately took his life after he was deported to India. The truth will never come out but the fact remains that he was deported back to India on minor technical immigration violation.
We just hope that the BJP government of Prime Minister Narendrabhai Modi gives this matter its upmost consideration and bans religious conversions as soon as possible.

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Poisoning of Millions of Indians-a National Shame

During our recent travel in the foothills of the Himalayas, while we were walking in the town of Zero (elevation 5,577 feet), Arunachal Pradesh, we came across houses after houses with black letter signs: DDT, 7/14/15. Somewhat surprised, I asked our local guide what this sign meant. As I had suspected, he told me that DDT was sprayed in these houses on July 14, 2015. I asked him if they sprayed all the houses and how many times? He said every house is sprayed by the government twice a year in whole of Zero and all other parts of Arunachal Pradesh. Then a few days later, we were in Darjeeling and I asked my guide the same question and he too said that DDT is sprayed twice a year in every house in West Bengal. Now the picture was clear: DDT is being sprayed in most of the regions of India once or twice a year to eliminate mosquitos. As we were growing up–and I am sure this is the same experience of everyone who grew up in India—DDT was sprayed every year in our house, especially in the bathrooms and toilets and in the backyard. Like everyone, all of us have absorbed DDT while growing up in India. While the whole of Europe, America and other developed countries have banned DDT use, it is still being used widely in India, other parts of Asia and in Africa.
Houses in Zero, Arunachal Pradesh.
Well, let me give some information on DDT pesticide:
1,1,1-trichloro-2,2-bis(p-chlorophenyl)ethane or commonly known as DDT is an organochlorine insecticide that was first synthesized in 1874. DDT is a pesticide that was used very successfully to control the insect population especially the mosquito population prevalent all over the world. It is a persistent organic pollutant.
Farmers used DDT in a variety of food crops in the United States and worldwide. It was also used in buildings for pest control. The reason why it was used so widely was because not only it is effective, but it is also relatively inexpensive to manufacture, and lasts a long time in the environment.
Rachel Carson, an environmentalist, came out with her ground breaking book called “Silent Spring” in 1962. She used DDT to tell the broader story of the disastrous consequences of the overuse of insecticides and raised enough concern from her testimony before the Congress. This triggered the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Following her testimony, President Kennedy convened a committee to review the evidence Carson had presented. By 1972, DDT was banned in the United States except in case of public health emergency. But its manufacture is still legal in the country as long as it is exported for use by the developing nations.
When tested on animals, DDT is found to cause chronic effects on the nervous system, liver, kidneys, and immune system. DDT is also found to be carcinogenic, causing cancers when tested on animals. It is found to cause disruptions in the endocrine (hormonal) systems of the animals. Also is found to cause reduced fetal weight or even sterility in some animals.
DDT’s carcinogenicity is equivocal. It has been shown to cause increased tumor production (mainly in liver and lungs) in test animals such as rats, mice and hamsters in some studies. In one study, increased connection was found between humans and pancreatic cancers. Also on humans, studies have revealed that DDT can adversely affect the nervous system, liver and the kidney.
The most amazing thing is that DDT gets accumulated in humans and animals in the fatty tissues of the body. Its concentration keeps increasing in the body and without doubt it will have significantly adverse effect on the bodies of humans and animals.
The evidence on DDT’s effect on humans has continued to mount over the years. The recent studies are showing harm even at very low levels of exposure. Studies show a range of human health effects connected with DDT and its breakdown product, DDE:
• Breast and Pancreatic cancers & leukemia
• male infertility
• miscarriages & low birth weight
• developmental delay
• nervous system & liver damage
No wonder, all the developed countries have banned the use of DDT in their countries especially after the US ban. Unfortunately, DDT is widely used in Africa, and Asia including India. India is just one of the three countries still manufacturing DDT and is the largest user of it. The other two countries are China and North Korea. China uses a small quantity of DDT for domestic spraying while exports the rest to other countries.
We should learn from Mexico and Vietnam who successfully carried out a range of programs to reduce or eradicate malaria from their countries with measures other than DDT spraying. Both these countries don’t use DDT anymore since last several years as PAN (Pesticide Action Network) reports.
India desperately needs to develop and pursue other non-chemical methods to control malaria. They include protective nets, larvae eating fish and elimination of mosquito breeding sites such as stagnant waters and open gutters. Addition of alkaline salts to stagnant waters and gutters could be useful but needs further research. Mass production of cotton bed-nets should be made available to the masses at very low cost. Combined with other prevention and treatment strategies, these bed-nets can prevent half of all the deaths from malaria. Like what Vietnam did, there are drugs that can be freely distributed to the poor which gives protection against malaria.
With a huge pool of biologists and other scientists, India can devise ways to eliminate the malaria deaths from the country. Poisoning of millions of Indians by DDT spray is not the solution. I urge our popular Prime Minister Shri Narendrabhai Modi to combat this menace by implementing other alternatives and save millions of Indians from being poisoned.

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Excerpt-2 from “MONUMENTAL SHIFT: Creating a New Economy with Genuine Democracy”

MONUMENTAL SHIFT: Creating a New Economy with Genuine Democracy

By: Chaitanya Davé

Excerpt-2

We have already exceeded carrying capacity of the Earth, as environmentalists affirm. Capitalism, in its wake, is devastating the world’s ecosystems and forests. The planet’s oceans, rivers, lakes, and atmosphere are polluted beyond imagination. Oil companies are digging and diving for more oil around the planet. Mining companies are destroying the forests and lands, predominately in the third world. Coal companies are cutting mountain tops and throwing the debris in the surrounding areas in America while the multinational logging companies are cutting swathes of forest in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Russia. How much can the earth tolerate? It is already saturated with pollution. The atmosphere is increasingly saturated with billions of tons of carbon, adding to climate change. The Earth is telling us to stop it all and is warning us with increased frequency and enhanced strength of storms all over the planet. We have witnessed thousands of people (mostly the elderly) dying in France in 2003 in the worst heat wave in that country. We saw massive flooding in Pakistan, unheard of forest fires in Russia, once in a hundred year flooding in South India, and the once in a lifetime storm Katrina hit New Orleans. Recently we experienced nationwide drought in America that covered most of the country. We saw Sandy storm hitting the East coast. Do we need more tragic reminders that the Earth has had enough? Only the fools could ignore such warnings at their own peril.

It should be obvious that capitalism is a huge contributor to the climate crisis. It is squarely on a collision course with Mother Earth. Unless humanity changes course drastically and globally, the Earth will force us to do it. Planet Earth will cleanse itself. Then the consequences will be devastating. Hundreds of millions will then die due to starvation, flooding, and homelessness. Millions will have inadequate water to drink or food to eat. The air will be unbreathable as we see it in some cities of China frequently.

Few people realize that by extracting raw materials, multinationals are exploiting the resources of what in environmental jargon is referred to as ‘commons’. They are taking away the resources that belong to all the common people whether it is water, fossil fuel, minerals, and soil, or forest products. It is the average citizen of the world along with all the non-human living creatures who should be the rightful owners of this ‘commons’. Unfortunately, the powers that be are myopic and not capable of the foresight to change their country’s ways. They are only concerned about next GDP growth report, employment report, and election.

Unlike what Mahatma Gandhi has voiced, “Local production for local consumption”, the slogan of capitalism is “mass production by the few.” In Britain which was the biggest empire at the time, the 19th century became the century of ‘coal.’ Coal was vastly used everywhere. Being a major maritime power, all its ships were powered by coal; so were its factories. But by the beginning of the 20th century, coal was replaced by oil, another fossil fuel. Capitalism was being fueled by another fossil fuel, oil which was easy and cheap to extract. Little did the leaders of Europe and America realize at the time that their industrialization and capitalism powered by oil was an intoxication for which ultimately the whole world would pay dearly. Before the industrial revolution and before the discovery of oil, coal and natural gas, the atmosphere contained about 280 ppm of CO2. Since then, because of the fossil fuel based capitalist economy adding tremendous quantities of CO2 that number stood at 387 to 390 ppm in 2009. Today, it has surpassed 400 ppm. 3

Many misguided benefactors and other blind followers of capitalist theory might argue that capitalism has given us so much progress. But at what cost to the planet? Was it worth it? Does humanity really need that so called progress? As a result of that ‘progress’, we have become lazy. Instead of walking for which the human body was designed by nature, we travel by cars and scooters. Instead of growing our own vegetables, wheat and rice, we buy ready-made mass produced, often genetically modified food. Most of us have never seen from where our food purchased in the grocery store comes from. There is an epidemic of obesity in America, and many other countries. There is an epidemic of heart disease and diabetes. Most people in wealthy countries get too little or no exercise. This is the result of this so called ‘progress’. Few people realize the price our Earth, the planet that belongs to all of us—the rich and poor, powerful or weak, young and old, the citizens of each and every country—has to pay for this technological progress. Few realize how many billions of gallons of water, tons of steel, copper and aluminum, billions of gallons of harmful chemicals and paints, and tons of plastics and glass are gobbled up in the manufacture of millions of cars, computers, airplanes, smartphones, and TVs. Have they given men great happiness? Were men unhappy when he didn’t have any of these but had a family, clean and pure water in the rivers, lakes and oceans? Was he unhappy surrounded by immense natural beauty of trees, plants and wide varieties of animals? Of course he was equally happy or happier. At least he was eating pure food and drinking water uncontaminated with chemicals. Technology has not made us any happier. One can argue the progress in medical technology has made humans healthier and offered them longer lives. This is true. But this is the only progress which could be justified. Otherwise humans were very happy without this so called ‘progress’. There were no weapons of mass destruction such as atomic bombs, fighter jets, missiles, tanks or people-killing drones. There were no superpowers or regional hegemons controlling and exploiting resources, labor, and the lives of millions of people around the world.

Technology gave the imperialist nations five hundred years ago the power to conquer Meso-America and many countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. It gave them the opportunity to enslave and exploit millions around the globe. If it was not for their technological superiority, they could not have done this. Today’s capitalism along with globalization allows the United States and Europe to exploit the resources and cheap labor of developing countries while the people of these poor nations remain as poor as ever.

Years ago, chiefs and kings ruled over people. Then came the dictators and despots. Democracy finally evolved in Europe and America, followed by other countries of the world as they gained their independence from imperialist powers. Around early 20th century, communism emerged in Russia, then subsequently in China. Of course, as a system of economic development, capitalism was already getting stronger in the Western nations led by the United States in last 200 years. We saw around late 20th century the demise of communism as it was not good for the people and could not survive. It is through this book that I will attempt to encourage the reader to see what capitalism truly is and why it must also go. In later chapters, I have tried to describe the planetary devastation the global multinationals have caused and are still causing to ecosystems and forests in the vast corners of the world. I have tried to point out the mass poverty and inequality that capitalism and its arm called globalization is responsible for around the world.

After all, what is the purpose of a society? What is the goal of a country, especially a genuinely democratic one? Isn’t it to look after all its people and their welfare rather than a select few?

How can a civilized, genuinely democratic country allow millions of its people wallow in poverty while a few of its oligarchs get richer and richer day by day? How can any sensible and decent country allow that to happen? Well, it is happening right now in the United States.

Unless those of us who are aware and compassionate stop this “March of Folly”, this “Capitalism’s Crusade” as soon as possible, the consequences for this country and the world will be dire. We see every day, more and more evidence that capitalism which was once the basis for an unprecedented wave of creativity and liberation, has transformed itself into a force for decay, destruction, and death.

Capitalism, by exploiting resources of this planet and its people, has created vast oceans of poverty with a few islands of enormous wealth. More than a billion people live below two dollars a day and hundreds of millions more survive with a dollar a day while the Forbes List continues to proudly publish its list of billionaires every year.

Perhaps, the greatest threat to the survival of humanity and other innocent creatures of our planet today is climate change. Through continuous exploitation of the Earth’s resources, global capitalism is the main vehicle through which our Earth is continuously being exploited. Capitalism’s dogma of ceaseless growth foolishly measured through GDPs persists despite the earth’s devastation beyond its capacity to bear. Unless we realize that this planet has finite resources and that continuous, out of control growth through exploiting these finite resources is not only unsustainable but impossible and catastrophic, humanity and the earth itself are all doomed.

Capitalism is on a collision course with the wellbeing of Mother Earth. This planet is warming due to atmospheric carbon emissions. The greatest emitter of this carbon is uncontrolled production and trade of commodities encouraged, sustained, and perpetrated by global capitalism. Unless the world learns to live within its earthly means, unless we humans live within a sustainable growth structure, catastrophe for our planet is surely guaranteed. IF humanity survives, we will leave a horribly polluted and destroyed, hot burning planet to live for our children. Is this what we desire? Can we depend on our myopic and foolish politicians who only look forward to the next election and the next five years while our planet is hurtling towards a catastrophe created by out of control growth perpetrated by our economic system?

 

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Choice is Clear–Survival or Extinction

Choice is Clear–Survival or Extinction

By Chaitanya Davé

There have been five extinctions of living species in the past. The last extinction occurred 65million years ago when the dinosaurs went extinct. This was caused by a meteorite striking Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Today, 97% of the scientists who have weighed in on the issue believe that climate change is a human-caused phenomena. According to many of them, today we are already into the sixth extinction. Unlike the past extinctions which were caused by nature, this one is different. It is anthropogenic.

We the humans are adding billions of tons of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) in the atmosphere every year by our out of control usage of fossil fuels, and our reckless destruction of forests around the world. The carbon thus emitted warms the atmosphere absorbing more and more sunlight and that in turn warms the oceans.

Another grim milestone for an ever-warming planet has just been marked last month. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration revealed recently that for the first time in recorded history, global levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere averaged over 400 parts per million (ppm) for an entire month, the month of March, 2015. At the pre-industrial times, the CO2 levels were 280 ppm. Constantly burning fossil fuels, we humans have added 120 ppm more.

The strength and frequency of major storms around the globe are increasing year after year causing vast devastation and human suffering. Scientists at Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)—a UN appointed panel—believe that we have less than 14 years left to rein in carbon emissions or we’ll need new technologies which are not yet in existence and which may not be effective.

If carbon emissions from fossil fuels continue to accumulate in the atmosphere at the current rate, the prediction by scientists is very clear. Humanity itself along with rest of the species will perish from the planet. There is no doubt about it. It is also clear to the scientists that if we burn all the fossil fuel that is still buried in the earth, the earth will burn and we the humans and all other species will burn to extinction.

Animal agriculture is especially responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all worldwide transportation—cars, trucks, planes, trains and ships—combined. Livestock and their waste and flatulence account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year. Crops grown for feeding livestock consume 96 percent of the water used in the United States. Some eighty percent of the world’s soy crop is fed to animals. Most of this soy is grown on cleared lands where once existed rain forests. This is happening while some 6 million children globally die from starvation and hunger and starvation affect additional I million people. Staggering amount of natural resources are gobbled up to produce minimal amounts of animal products—to produce 1 gallon of milk, 1,000 gallons of water is used. To produce 1 pound of beef, some 10 pounds of grains are needed.

According to an April, 2013 report by the Insect Pollinators Initiative, insect pollinators such as bees provide pollination for up to 75% of crops and enable reproduction in up to 94% of wild flowering plants including most fruits, vegetables and nuts. Bees, along with other pollinators like moths and hoverflies are in serious decline around the globe since last few decades of 20th century. Their current decline greatly “threatens human food supplies and ecosystem function” around the world. Though it is unclear why, scientists suspect it is from a combination of new diseases, changing habitats around cities and increasing use of pesticides.

Forests are the lungs of the earth. According to Rainforest Action Network: We humans are destroying forests at a rate of 375 sq. km each day. As per Amazon International Network, close to 93,000 square miles of Amazon Rainforest—an area as large as UK–was destroyed by deforestation between 2000 and 2010. Bulk of this deforestation—84.3%–is occurring in Brazil. The world has already lost some 80% of its original forests. 1.1 billion acres of tropical forests were cleared in just thirty years between 1960 and 1990.

At the current rate, 5-10% of tropical forest species will go extinct every decade. 80% of all the fish stocks of the world are either already exploited, over-exploited or recovering.27% of coral reefs are extinct and 70% of earth’s coral reefs will cease to exist in next forty years. Half of the world’s coastal wetlands including mangrove swamps and salt marshes are already lost. One fifth of all species alive today will become extinct in next 30 years and 12% of all bird species are threatened.

Marine biologists have warned that ocean acidification is now one of the most worrying threats to the planet. Billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide that we emit each year lingers in the atmosphere causing it to heat up driving global warming. But around 30% of that gas is absorbed by the oceans where it is converted into carbonic acid. That has started killing coral reefs and shellfish beds while threatening other fish stocks. Very little can live in oceans which are too acidic. Caribbean has already lost about 80% of its coral reefs to bleaching. The amazing coral reefs of Australia will be the things of the past in a few decades.

U.N. scientists believe that in order for the earth to avoid the worst consequences of global warming, global temperature should not be allowed to rise above 2 degree Centigrade by 2080 but to achieve this goal, global emissions must be reduced from 56 billion tonnes annually today to 44 billion tonnes by 2020. These scientists said that the faster emissions are cut now, the easier it will be later to hold temperatures steady. “To hold temperatures to no more than a 1.5C rise, a figure which more than half the world’s countries are pressing for, would need annual 4-5% cuts in emissions after 2020,” said UN chief scientist Joseph Alcamo. China and the United States are by far the world’s biggest polluters.

These statistics are not just numbers. They are alarming facts. Every responsible person who reads this article should be extremely alarmed and worried. This worry should turn into action. We must act, not for anybody else but for our own children and grandchildren.

Melting glaciers worldwide, rapidly melting arctic ice-sheets, cyclones, major floods, typhoons, and heavy rains in some countries while drought and forest fires in others, mother earth is crying and telling us in no uncertain terms to change our ways.

The choice for us humans is very clear: Act now, start reducing GHG emissions quickly now or face extinction from this beautiful planet.