8 Fun Ways to Ward Off the Apocalypse Now

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Why Wait Till 2012? 8 Quasi-Serious Ways to Ward Off the Apocalypse Now:
Let's work together to leave the end of the world in song lyrics and movies.
by Mickey Z.
It's the end of the world as we know it...and I'm not just talking about 2012. Forests clear cut, oceans depleted, widespread extinctions, toxins everywhere, and peak, well...peak everything. I've said it before, but I can't say it enough: what an amazing time to be an activist.

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If we want to keep Armageddon as nothing more than a hackneyed film plot point, we must get busy right now. Yeah, I know you're already pretty damn busy but I'm talking a whole new level of busy. Noah's Ark busy. As the graffiti artists of Paris once said: "The future will only contain what we put into it now."
 
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8 Ways to Enjoy a Low Impact Apocalypse


1. Peak Oil

This term doesn't refer to oil running out--yet--but rather, as Energy Bulletin points out: "Oil is a finite, non-renewable resource ... Once we have used up about half of the original reserves, oil production becomes ever more likely to stop growing and begin a terminal decline, hence 'peak'." It might not come as a surprise that oil currently accounts for 95% of global energy used for transportation but a rapid decline in oil supply would also impact almost all facets of what we deem modern life, e.g. approximately 10 calories of fossil fuels are required to produce every 1 calorie of food eaten in the U.S.

Forward looking green step: Transition towns
If you wait till it's too late: Develop your inner Road Warrior

2. Peak Dirt

The concept refers to topsoil or, to be more specific, topsoil depletion. Scientists estimate we are losing about 1% of our topsoil every year to erosion. It's been estimated that 75% of original U.S. topsoil has already been lost and 4,000,000 acres of U.S. cropland is lost each year to soil erosion. An acre of U.S. trees disappears every eight seconds. Since 85% of U.S. topsoil loss is directly associated with livestock raising, there is a way we can all do our part to battle Peak Dirt: go veggie.

Forward looking green step: Veganic farming
If you wait till it's too late: Learn how to build a dry sandcastle

3. Godzilla

Don't laugh. Godzilla was born from radiation and struck down the people of Japan like a giant, rubber-suited, red-white-and-blue metaphor. Anyone familiar with the World War II firebombing of Japanese cities and, of course, the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, will understand the connection.

Forward looking green step: Stop all nuclear testing
If you wait till it's too late: Hire King Kong as protection

4. Deforestation

Trees are important. They provide oxygen, food, homes, medicine, shade, protection, energy savings, pollution reduction, erosion and flood prevention, soil enrichment, beauty, and natural wealth. That's why deforestation--the permanent destruction of indigenous forests and woodlands by humans--is cataclysmic.

Forward looking green step: Step away from the cheeseburger
If you wait till it's too late: Sunscreen. Lots and lots of sunscreen.

5. Flood

"The consequences would be catastrophic," explains Jonathan Overpeck, the director of the Institute for the Study of Planet Earth at the University of Arizona in Tucson. "Even with a small sea level rise, we're going to destroy whole nations and their cultures that have existed for thousands of years." If you don't want to take Overpeck's word for it, check out these maps and see for yourself.

Forward looking green step: We need trees to help prevent floods so, practice forest defense
If you wait till it's too late: Green your sailing skills

6. Nuclear Threat

I gave you the Godzilla metaphor above. Now you get the full mushroom cloud. Whether it's an accident or weapons or waste, radiation, my friends, is forever.

Forward looking green step: Don't fall for the "nukes are green" hype
If you wait till it's too late: Stay far away from black lagoons

7. Epidemic

While the media wrings its hands over vaccines and face masks, one angle remains obscured: "Over the last few decades meat and egg consumption has exploded in the developing world, leading to industrial-scale commercial chicken farming and mass animal transport, favoring the emergence and spread of influenza superstrains," writes Michael Greger, MD. "The World Animal Health Organization blames changes in the global poultry industry, such as shorter production cycles and greater animal densities, for the increased risk of spawning epidemics. Even backyard farms in Asia have turned almost industrial, filling every square inch with chickens."

Forward looking green step: Opt out of the global animal food industry
If you wait till it's too late: Hand sanitizer. Lots and lots of hand sanitizer.

8. Activism

There's one way to experience the end of the world as we know it that may create a softer place to land: activism. By recognizing what industrial civilization has wrought havoc upon our beleaguered planet, we can begin conjuring up the methods, the monkey wrenches, and the direct action to replace hope with desperately needed change.  
 
 

Forward looking green step: Dismantle
If you wait till it's too late: By shoes that match well with orange

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