Excerpts of seven point “save the planet” outline from Reddit user “m4ybe”:
1) Completely overhaul agriculture
Our agriculture system relies heavily on supplementing soil with … minerals supplemented as a secondary pass. This process destroys the rhizosphere… By enhancing and feeding microbial life in the soil … we can get a greater yield without … rhizospheric holocaust. (Note: rhizosphere is the narrow region of soil that plants depend on for nutrition.)
2) Eliminate any non-recyclable single-use packaging or product
Hemp makes better plastic, which is biodegradable … planting hemp instead of soy and corn would go a long way to fixing the soil…
Any current plastic producer can easily be retrofit to produce plastic with hemp instead of petrochemicals.
3) Make a World War II-style push to seriously address energy production
Thorium-salt based nuclear reactors … through tidal, wind, solar energy …
We also need to research and establish safer, more sustainable ways to store our energy.
[Thorium salt is apparently safer than regular nuclear reactors.]
4) Close any waste loops
From toilets to nuclear waste, methods must be established to convert waste to useful products as opposed to treating it as an afterthought. … These things must become the norm instead of the exception.
5) Utilize known and effective alternative building materials
Cob, Rammed Earth, Adobe, Strawbale, Earth Bag, Aircrete, and others … freely available, sustainable, and vastly reduce the amount of waste produced by building a house.
6) Reduce protein intake, increase sustainable protein production
[Note: the solution offered is not really to reduce vital protein in the diet but to choose sources and methods of growing protein that are less wasteful.]
Our current methods for producing beef, pork, chicken, and fish are all deeply unsustainable. Factory livestock operations produce the pollution equivalent of a city on as little as an acre’s worth of space.
Free range chickens make excellent pest control on polyculture farms. Pigs make excellent manure and function as nature’s garbage disposals. Aquaponics can sustainably grow salmon, trout, jade perch, tilapia, and a number of other fish while SIMULTANEOUSLY growing crops in a density much higher than traditional agriculture.
7) Subsidize and incentivize birth control
The single most effective thing you can do to reduce the human burden placed on the planet is have one less child. By incentivizing birth control universally (the universal aspect is critical), we can reduce the human population. If first world nations were half as populated as they are today, our waste output would plummet…