How to Boil a Frog

No, this isn’t a French recipe for Frog Bisque or some other yummy frog delicacy, it’s a metaphor used for Global Warming. It represents what happens to a frog if you put it in a pot of cold water and turn on the burner, the frog sits in the pot completely oblivious to its imminent demise.  This is very similar to our predicament on a planet that is slowly warming up one degree at a time.

How to Boil a Frog is also the title of a great new movie about saving the planet, well more like saving us. What makes this movie so unique is that it explores a serious and somber subject (the end of civilization) in a comedic and entertaining way, and as you know there is nothing better than a comedy about mass destruction. Plus, it’s Canadian Eh!

Up here in the Great White North other than our national icon David Suzuki, we have very few if anyone willing to brooch the (environment) subject, never less produce a movie about it.

How to Boil a Frog is a movie that was written, produced, directed and starring the one and only Jon Cooksey, you know that famous feller who writes stuff for TV.

Well Jon, like many of us was a tad bit confused and overwhelmed on the issues facing us and our planet and wondered what he could do as an individual that could truly make a difference. So what he did was, to go out in search of the answers himself and ask the questions most of us were afraid to.

The movie explores the five major problems facing all of us and Jon’s (our) five solutions to each problem.

Thanks to Jon’s efforts, here’s his hit list of the 5 major problems facing mankind and our solutions…

Problem 1…Overpopulation

We live in overshoot, our planet and its resources both renewable and non-renewable are being used beyond their limits, with almost 7 billion people vying for a piece of the pie, the pie is pretty well gone.

Our civilization is based entirely on unlimited growth. This is a huge problem considering that we live on a very finite planet that can really only sustain 2 billion people or so.

Problem 2…The War on Nature

Thanks to our love of throw away plastic, we’ve created five gigantic plastic gyres the size of Texas in the world’s oceans, plastic breaks down into plankton sized pieces that are ingested unknowingly by fish, thus killing them and us.

We’ve also eliminated 90% of the world’s predator fish, within 50 years the oceans will be completely bare of any known aquatic life.

From the 20 billion acres of trees that we started with only 10 billion remain.  Every minute of every day we lose the equivalent of 9 football fields of forest.

A billion people worldwide don’t have clean water to drink, that number will rise to two billion in 20 years.

Fifty percent of the world’s animal species will be extinct before the end of the century.

It won’t be long before the planet is completely ours!

Problem 3…Rich vs. Poor

The gap between the rich and poor is growing each and every day.  640 million children worldwide don’t have a place to sleep or to call home.  Almost half the people on the world live on less than two dollars a day, one fifth live on a dollar a day.

We put out sixty six times more pollution than most of the planet.  Once the developing nations close the gap between the rich and the poor this is going to create a huge strain on the planet and its remaining resources.

Problem 4…Peak Oil

Oil is the edifice of everything, from toothpaste to rocket ships, our whole way of life and society is dependent on cheap abundant fossil fuels.

Oil is the only reason why we went from a world population of 2 billion people to 7 billion people in a little over 100 years.

The problem, oil is a finite resource not an infinite one, that some (oil companies) would like us to believe. If we continue at our present rates of consumption the end of oil will happen much sooner than later.

Problem 5…Global Warming

The earth can absorb 11 billion tons of C02 a year, right now we are putting up to 32 billion tons into the atmosphere, and that number is rising fast.

Atmospheric CO2 data

Global warming is mainly the result of CO2 levels rising in the Earth’s atmosphere. Both atmospheric CO2 and climate change are accelerating.

Climate scientists say we have only years, not decades, to stabilize CO2 and other greenhouse gases.

C02 levels for 1955 – 310 ppm

C02 levels for 2010 – 390 ppm

November 2010 is the second warmest November on record since 1880. November 2004 was the warmest November on record.  Year to date, 2010 is the warmest year on record for the January – November period.   The second warmest year for this period is 2004. The temperature for the month of November this year has been 1.24 F warmer, than the average recorded temperature between the years 1901 to 2000.

Burning fossil fuels, cutting down our forests, killing the phytoplankton and overpopulation are the biggest contributors to runaway overshoot and global warming…period.

Over the last 100 years the earth’s average temperature has risen 1.5 degrees, anything above 2 degrees is considered disastrous and our point of no return.

So as Jon said in the movie “What can we do now?”

Here are 5 things anyone can do.

Solution 1…Drive Past Exxon (Esso)

Exxon is responsible for 3% of the world’s global warming problem. They’ve also spent 55 million dollars over the years trying to convenience us that global warming isn’t real. I think I remember Big Tobacco doing the same thin in the 6o’s.

Solution 2…Life Bulb Changes

We need to move from being consumers (users) and find a balance with ourselves and our planet.

  1. Cut our emissions by eating less red meat, cows produce more emissions (methane) than all of our driving in Canada combined.
  2. Stop overpopulating the planet. We don’t have to give up the fun part, just the end result.  Adopt, there are plenty of kids that need a good home (640 Million).
  3. Spend less, reduce more, recycle, the real costs of a new product aren’t calculated into the costs to the environment and to us, If they were, they would cost us an arm and a leg (excuse the pun ) BUY USED!

Solution 3…Change of Heart

Change is from the inside out, nothing on our planet is going to change until we first accept that these realities do exist. Action will only happen if and when we choose to take action.

Solution 4…Giant Killing

Blog, Post, Discuss, Form a group and Shoot a YouTube video, whatever it takes (look what Greenpeace did with a camera), we have the power NOW to initiate change, that’s only if we’re willing to. This is our chance to step up to the plate and rise to mankind’s biggest challenge. It’s time for us to kick some butt. Maybe someday we’ll be the ones that they’ll be writing songs and poems about.

Solution 5…Transition

We’ve got to realize that we can’t continue to live this way, we need to get back on natures curve, and we’ve got to shrink to fit. More is less and smaller is better.

Here’s something David Suzuki said in one of his talks, that kind of put’s it all in perspective.

“In the last 40 years the average Canadian family has shrunk by half, but in the same time period the average size of the average Canadian home has more than doubled.” “We have 4 times more space per person today, but are we 4 times happier? I don’t think so” “We need all that space because we have too much stuff.” “All of that stuff comes out of the Earth and when were finished with it we throw it back into the Earth as garbage.”

For us to survive our future has to a sustainable one, the bonus is, that we have the power today to decide because if we wait for tomorrow it might be too late.

Well that’s our five problems and Jon’s five painless solutions that anyone can do.

Personally, I’m going to start by driving past Esso, that’s easy, stop buying new and buy used, whenever I can and being a Martial Artist,  I’m always up for a challenge so Giant Killing is a no brainer, plus it sounds like it might be a lot of fun.

So even if you don’t believe in any of this, you’ll have to agree that doing any one of the solutions will help the planet, enhance our quality of life, and make us happier in the end.

Isn’t that worth our best efforts, not only for us but also for our children?

Well, what are you waiting for?

Let’s get some!

By: Master Tim Bell

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