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Fun in a Careless Consumer Society
I shot the picture with the Inflatable boats floating down the Aare between Thun and Bern last July. I could have done it this year as it repeated exactly the same way during the weekend ... but this time around I want to focus on the dark side of that medal, that is, that the vast majority of these Inflatable boats will only be used once or twice and then be thrown away.

The fun seeking consumers arrive in Thun by train from Bern or further away, then they shop for some variety of an INTEX "made in China" product, an air pump if not included and plenty bottles or cans of beer, of which an untold number will quickly join the fishes.

The past few years the city officials grew tired of seeing these empty boxes left everywhere near the river and in this particularly appreciated boarding spot they took steps. Thun gets to deal with the packaging, Bern with whatever plastic they contained and is no longer wanted. It has been sunny and warm until Sunday evening and what you see here is just from the previous two days.
Thun, June 18th, 2017.
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640 km was the maximum distance I got from burning 65 liters of gasoline in my overpowered Subaru and that is also the total mileage I reached today on that lithium-ion powered bike, 17 intensive days after getting it "in the mail".

In my leisure time I can now cover much greater distances and climb much higher, all that still without burning a single drop of gasoline and this matters very much to me. Considering all the cars and motorcycles I have owned and used in the past, I think I have already used up my share of careless polluting, built up my own little toxic legacy for future generations to deal with. This bike gives me a freedom which is largely sustainable in comparison.
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Ensuring Swiss food Security
My dear compatriots voted like me this weekend and that is a welcome first step. Next they will also need to realize that if the number of mouths to feed keeps growing, this will all be for nothing.

With an annual growth rate of 1.1%, in less than 75 years, we will have doubled the demand and my dear compatriots will soon find out that cutting down all what is left of our forests to grow more Swiss food won't be enough to meet it.
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What to do with our existing and future nuclear wastes?
There are those waiting for a future technological miracle to solve this problem. There are those waiting for the problem to be forgotten by voters and then sliding it under the carpet for future generations to handle. Finally there are those tired of waiting and actually doing something about it, like the Finnish. I think that's about sums it all.

Okay, some of you might think that it is also a problem for future generations to handle. Well, with serious doubts about our species not lasting much longer that 1000 years, at least having here a hundred thousand years or more is allowing us to focus on our countless other shorter term problems.
Via +Irina T.​​
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Feeding humans instead of pets?
This article focuses on the environment but it got me thinking just one step further.

We have begun to consider eating insects so food production for human consumption is slowly becoming a long term global concern, and rightly so.

We can't have everything especially if the we keeps increasing. Many tough choices will be coming to us, mostly to our kids.
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Scots appear to be serious about recycling which is for me, along with a responsible management of the environment, an important marker of a developed society. It is not enough when used as an alibi, as is still mostly the case, but all journeys have began with a first step.

When day-to-day survival is your main concern your least worry is to recycle your trash. That is an unfortunate situation we still see in large impoverished chunks of our world which have bitten into the forbidden fruit and initiated their conversion into becoming a marketing driven consumer society, thus producing trash. I've repeatedly seen that with my own eyes.
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Children are our future, but only when the present can bring them there, and in a good standing.
A sound investment from the Danish people but what a poor choice to bring the term migration in this context.

No need for more schools but better ones, no need for more food but of better nutritional quality, no need for more farmland but to better use what's already there.

When less is more...
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One Airbus A380 Every 6 Minute, 24h/24.
Considering a yearly population increase of 82 million (2016) and a certified capacity of 853 passengers for the Airbus A380 we would need an interplanetary variant of that plane filled at 100% to take off to somewhere else every 6 minute just to keep our population size from further increasing.

❝It’s our population growth that underlies just about every single one of the problems that we’ve inflicted on the planet. If there were just a few of us, then the nasty things we do wouldn’t really matter and Mother Nature would take care of it — but there are so many of us.❞
— Dame Jane Goodall

The growth rate of our species is now 'naturally' decreasing, fortunately, but this change is already coming too late for a great many species. What now needs to decrease is our total population, in other words, our growth rate must become negative until our the size of our population becomes sustainable with Earth's renewable resources.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Population_growth
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An Alpine Diesel Generator
High up in the mountains it is difficult to do without electricity nowadays. If you have cows then you'll need some for the milking machine (itself needed for hygienic reasons) which must be also powered during rainy days (exit solar energy) or when the wind is not blowing and then later to cool and store that milk until it is processed into cheese or brought down to the valley. At these altitudes there would be enough wind and solar energy but storing it remains the main obstacle to using renewable sources.

It was not running as I went by so the smelly and polluting emissions as well as the declared 95db were not an issue, fortunately.
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Africa, an Humanitarian Crisis in the Making.
Between 2010 and 2016, in the African continent alone, there have been 31 million more humans per year, or 85'628 per day, or 3'568 every single hour (➊). In comparison, the migrants involved in the Mediterranean crisis of 2016 represented with 362'753 European arrivals (➋) a mere 1.16% of those 31 million.

Overpopulated and Underfed
❝Mass migration, starvation, civil unrest: Overpopulation unites all of these. Many nations’ threadbare economies, unable to cope with soaring births, could produce even greater waves of refugees beyond the millions already on the move to neighboring countries or the more prosperous havens of Europe. The population crisis is especially acute in Africa, as Eugene Linden writes in the accompanying article, but it spans the globe, from Central America to Asia.

Humanity has grown as expected since the warnings about global overpopulation of the 1960s. Decades of United Nations projections for the year 2000 came within 3 percent of the actual total, making the U.N.’s 9.7 billion prediction for 2050 both credible and alarming.

The Green Revolution and globalization brought food and jobs to soaring populations. Those events, and the declining rate of global population growth, camouflage today’s situation: the rise in absolute numbers of people, with millions more at risk when things go awry. Thomas Malthus, the population theorist of the 18th and 19th centuries, predicted such calamities if the world’s population grew unchecked. Current growth adds the population equivalent of a new Iran or Germany every year.

Fast-rising populations degrade economic and agricultural resiliency; add a recession or drought and the human consequences magnify.

In many countries, the population of desperately impoverished has grown to far exceed their total population as of 1970. When conditions worsen, the numbers stricken are staggering, and Malthusian concerns come back with a vengeance.

Curbing poverty in some countries would require unheard of economic growth. Even maintaining the economic status quo, a very low bar, is beyond reach.

To illustrate the burdens of exploding populations, imagine these nations scaled up to the size of the United States, which generated, on average, 129,000 new jobs a month last year. Just to tread water — the dismal status quo — an America-size Tanzania would have to produce 636,000 jobs monthly, without cease.❞
➡➊ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_continents_by_population
➡➋ http://data2.unhcr.org/en/situations/mediterranean
➡➌ https://nyti.ms/2trQGYS, https://nyti.ms/2sukGWE,
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