September 28, 2023


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Ship Of Fools | Profitable Software program

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I lately had a 3 week vacation in Florida with my household. My 17 12 months outdated son is serious about rocketry and my spouse is serious about wildlife. We obtained to see loads of each and had a good time. There’s a lot to love about America and People. However the sheer waste of assets on present in all places was fairly stunning. In Europe we completely aren’t doing sufficient to guard the atmosphere and avert the upcoming local weather disaster (I flew to Florida and drove a automobile there, so I’m no environmental saint myself). In Florida they don’t look like even attempting.

Let’s begin with plastic. Every part appears to be product of plastic, wrapped in plastic or each. It is a lodge breakfast for the three of us. That could be a severe quantity of plastic.

Plastic cutlery is the order of the day. And even the plastic cutlery is individually wrapped in plastic! The very least expensive accommodations within the UK provide you with steel cutlery.

Apples had been individually wrapped in plastic.

We even noticed oranges wrapped in plastic. Nature already offered oranges with their very own wrapper! I don’t bear in mind the plastic difficulty being as dangerous after I travelled via Wyoming, Utah and Colorado in 1999. Possibly it’s a hangover from COVID?

After which there are the automobiles. We did a fast casual survey and over half the autos on the highway had been large SUVs and much more large pickup vans, with macho names like ‘Raptor’ and ‘Titan’. The very low tax on petrol/fuel (by European requirements) makes this doable. These pickup vans are clearly getting used largely by individuals from the suburbs who don’t want an enormous pickup truck. We employed a ‘mid-size’ (however large by European requirements) SUV ourselves as, in a earlier journey, we had discovered it fairly intimidating to drive a European sized saloon automobile on American roads.

The entrance of those pick-up vans is so excessive {that a} pedestrian hit by one is certainly going below, relatively than over. Particularly the ridiculous ‘raised’ pickup vans, that are quite common.

Not that there are numerous pedestrians in Florida, in fact. You’re anticipated to have a automobile and drive in all places. You possibly can even eat your breakfast in your automobile.

The breakfast drive-thru queue at Fort Myers Dunkin Donuts.

The availability of pavements/sidewalks is decidely missing and public transport is just about non-existent. If you’re too poor to personal a automobile, onerous luck. There did appear to be some cycle lanes, however they ran alongside main roads and weren’t segregated from all the big autos. They appeared totally terrifying. No surprise no-one was utilizing them. Maybe cyclists had tried, however that they had all been run over.

In every single place has aircon and all of it appears to run 24×7. Usually with doorways left open. Whenever you flip as much as your lodge/motel room, the aircon is working and it doesn’t flip off while you take your card out of the slot to depart the room. It has most likely been working in each room because the lodge was constructed, no matter whether or not the rooms are occupied or not. Heaven forbid that you must have to attend 2 minutes for the aircon to chill the room down.

This may be okay if the aircon was powered by photo voltaic. Nevertheless it isn’t. We hardly noticed a photo voltaic panel in our entire journey to ‘The Sunshine State’. That is onerous to fathom, as there are photo voltaic panels in all places in temperate and cloudy Britain. Once we requested one of many locals why she didn’t have photo voltaic, she instructed us that solar energy was penalised by the facility firm, so it wasn’t price it. We didn’t see a single wind turbine both.

The irony is that Florida is without doubt one of the most susceptible locations on earth to local weather change. It’s already ridiculously scorching in the summertime. A number of extra levels of additional temperature will make it insufferable exterior your air conditioned room or automobile. Greater temperatures means extra aircon, which implies extra carbon within the environment, which implies even increased temperatures. Florida has a mean elevation of just 31m/100ft above sea stage. The vast majority of Miami-Dade county is less than 2m/6ft above sea level (presumably much less, relying on if you find yourself studying this). The one factor we noticed that appeared like a hill in Florida, was in actual fact an enormous landfill. Most likely largely filled with single-use plastic cutlery. The wealthy are already beginning to transfer to increased floor in Miami. Possibly solely the landfills can be left above sea stage by the top of the century? Florida can be usually devastated by hurricanes. The devastation left by 2022 category 5 hurricane Ian continues to be very apparent and category 4 hurricane Idalia hit just a few days after we left. Rising sea temperatures can solely result in extra devastating hurricanes.

And Florida isn’t even one of many worst offenders, putting thirty ninth out of the 50 US states with round 10.8 metric tons of CO2 per capita per year. Partly as a result of lack of any heavy trade. The worst offending state within the USA is Wyoming with a whopping 104.5 metric tons of CO2 per capita per 12 months. Throughout the nation People common 15.3 tons per capita per year, in comparison with 5.6 tons for the UK. And the USA isn’t even the worst offender. Qatar clocks in at 38.1 tons per capita per 12 months.

Local weather change shouldn’t be some minor inconvenience the place we lose just a few obscure species of frogs and need to put on a bit extra sunscreen. We may very well be speaking about widescale crop failures and excessive climate occasions making massive elements of the globe unliveable. Resulting in famine and migration on a scale approach past something now we have seen thus far. Given the seriousness of the state of affairs it’s miserable to see such profligate waste. My concern is that different individuals will take a look at locations like Florida and suppose “why am I even attempting to do the correct factor? Have a look at them!” and never even strive.

We’re in hassle. The present system of sovereign states with politicians pushed by short-term targets is poorly positioned to repair long-term, world issues. And the billionaires aren’t going to save lots of us. They’re the principle beneficiaries of the present system and they’ll use their cash and energy to maintain it that approach. If we allow them to. Geo-engineering is massively dangerous. Carbon sequestration seems to be unlikely to make any significant distinction. Transferring to Mars is a pipedream for 99.9999% of the inhabitants. That is the one planet within the universe now we have advanced to reside on. We’re caught right here with the mess now we have created in a gradual movement tragedy of the commons. Particular person alternative shouldn’t be going to chop it. We want deep structural change. A lot increased taxes on fossil fuels and fewer monumental pickup vans for a begin. We have to get our act collectively, and shortly. For ourselves and our kids. However, having seen the state of affairs in Florida, I don’t maintain out a lot hope.

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