changes, transformation, change, transitioning, health, fitness, self, true self, identity, logic, philosophy, science, psychology, neuroscience, soul

What’s the solution to the next pandemic?

I’ve been saying we need to work on people’s health all over the world.

Sounds simplistic? I’m already contradicting myself purposely.

Malnutrition is now higher in the obese than the underweight.

I think, hopefully like you, dear reader, that expecting to find one solution to fix everything is simplistic and a stubbornness to change.

Blaming one politician or one problem is simplistic.

Looking for one solution is simplistic.

E.g. Racism.

New Orleans has 70-80% blacks.

70-80% are obese.

Their COVID-19 death rate was 80%.

(As I recall Mayor Cantrell saying a couple of months ago. Sincere apologies if I’m wrong. It may have been 80% higher than the rest of the USA’s.)

Black and Asian populations are highly disadvantaged by:

  • Discrimination
  • Poverty
  • The cycle of poverty
  • Lack of social support
  • Lack of education funding
  • Targeted racism
  • Targeted incarceration
  • Substance abuse due to all of the above (rats in a cage vs rats in a park almost never get addictions to the drug lever).
  • Cities and transport are designed or managed in ways that are not healthy and lead to segregation.

Those are some of the causes of one aspect of the world’s problems (racism, equality) that can affect all of us.

The World Economic Forum is saying this. Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg, Angela Merkel, China, The EU, the UN – are all saying this on ongoing individual/peak level media releases.

The UN’s Global Goals say these 17 goals will help the planet and us be healthy in 2030.

sdg2030

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030

I follow all this ****. Hell, even much-attacked Australian PM Scott Morrison is almost saying this.

The doom that’s coming is our individual doom, our deaths, but the world is getting better, even as we slowly each die. It has done so for us since before Lucy.

I repeat. The world is getting better.

Bill Gates endorsed that idea even after he predicted the pandemic.

 

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nature, systems, biology, genetics, weight, evolution, efficiency

We’ve become too efficient at feeding ourselves

Obesity, its causes, and solutions are not a soundbite or two.

We’ve evolved to what we are today because of improvements in efficiency.

We are so efficient now at producing food, we waste 30% of it globally.

It’s so easy to feed ourselves, we need to go against our genetics and do things with the sole purpose of removing excess food stores.

Biologically, we want to do things the quickest, simplest way.

Hence fad diets, extreme diets.

Hence arguments about the one cause or cure of obesity.

As Nobel Prize winner, economist and psychologist Daniel Kahnemann’s many studies show, the very act of thinking hard in itself depletes us of energy.

We want a quick fix, like our quick reactions in simply running from bears or hunting them.

Our bodies including the brain organ don’t like expending energy we will then have to replenish.

In the 12,000 years since we started farming, we have grown taller, and are now living longer, becoming more obese, but it’s not obvious we have evolved in such a short time.

Instead, though, our knowledge has grown.

It’s up to us to use the collective knowledge of our tribe to help each other make learning easier, buying the right food easier, and to help make regulating our weight easier to do and understand.

It’s up to us to stop insisting on extremist, over-simplified, and/or fad approaches that we can’t sustain long enough to make all the required changes.

Darning tights. Boro stitch. Japanese slow stitching. Contrasting darning. Rainbow embroidery thread. Slow fashion. Fashion Rebellion. Circular Economy

My Extinction Rebellion Personal Manifesto to Support Sustainable and Ethical Industry

1. Be a relentlessly optimistic and logical realist.

2. Be curious. Learn, practice, share, teach; Learn, practice, share, teach; Circular Economy.

3. Email/communicate with local, state, national government workers and with politicians. Suggest ways to present sustainable policies to their colleagues and voters in a way that makes the people they represent like the ideas and understand how the voters will benefit.

4. Act Global. Online, share, encourage, and communicate information and technological and ideological developments. Be curious! Be part of sharing the circular economies in learning, open source policies, strategies, ideas, data, technology. Connect with innovators and activists.

5. Tell brands I’ve liked what they can do to be even better and transparent and make me recommend them even more.

6. Don’t subscribe to shop email newsletters because they tempt us to buy because something is “cheaper”.

7. Subscribe to alerts on circular economy, open source information, and sustainability in materials, technology, energy, recycling, transport, fashion, architecture, education.

8. Keep my finance spreadsheet updated including my list of any material things I need and only buy once I’ve researched the best product for my needs and situation.

9. Tell friends important things I’ve learned and make their lives easier and more fulfilling by giving them simple ways to be ethical and sustainable.

10. Re-use, repair, retain, redesign, upcycle clothes and goods. Only buy good quality, and ethically or second-hand. Vote with my note. Spend less so I can spend wisely on a few sustainable and ethical things that may cost as much as lots of fast fashion.

11. Act Local. Keep working with my local War on Waste group. Attend the nearby sustainable fashion festival and clothing swap; get ideas for a swap meet of our own. Keep sharing information about Repair Cafés. Learn about mending workshops, and gather interest and ideas to hold one, and hopefully more.

12. Keep walking for enjoyment and health and necessity (never ever had a driving licence since being old enough to get one in the 1980s and seeing my father devastated at hearing David Suzuki for the first time speak about climate change).

13. Activate for more public transport use and better footpaths and lighting in my area.

14. Activate for a running track in my town.

15. Activate for fair wages and unemployment benefits and universal basic income.

16. Absorb information from Ellen MacArthur, Greta Thunberg, Jeremy Rifkin, Rutger Bregman, Fashion Revolution, Slow Fashion Season, #CircularEconomy, The United Nations, The World Health Organisation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

17. Be prudent.

18. Embrace the Zen.

19. #loveparkrun

20.Run sustainably.

21. Draw daily.

22. Practice sustainable and ethical investment.

23. Call out injustice and illogic.

24. “Now is the time for civil disobedience” – Greta Thunberg.

25. Speak the unspoken.

26. Be awesome!