April 22nd, 2012 is Earth Day

I am an eco-fantasy author, and today is Earth Day.  My immediate thought is – crap, I should really do a blog post about this.  But honestly, what can I tell you today that will make a difference tomorrow?  Probably not much.  We’re all mostly aware of the declining quality of our planet’s ecosystems.  A large part of that is due to the lifestyles to which we’ve become accustomed; and it is something we, as a whole, are unwilling to change.  As individuals – yes, lots of us can do something small here and there.  But the main shift needs to happen at a higher level; with politics.

What I can tell you to do is petition your government at the local, state, and national levels to center their campaigns around environmental issues. Then you need to vote accordingly.

Longer term change needs to be our focus.  In recent research for my books, I have come across another long term solution – permaculture. Permaculture is a philosophy of ecological design that develops sustainable human settlements and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems. It draws from several disciplines including organic farming, agroforestry, sustainable development, and applied ecology.

Farm and pasture land take up over 1/3 of the world’s ice-free land surfaces.  These are areas that have been cleared of natural vegetation.  This is why permaculture is so important.  Permaculture works with natural ecosystems to grow food and support life, instead of against it.  Many predictions, including those by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), show that by 2040 Europe, the America’s, and China will not be able to sustain food growth.  This theory, along with others that predict we cannot change global warming, tells us we need to adapt the way we go about growing, processing, and distributing food.

Well, that was a mouthful. Some food for thought, so to speak, for Earth Day.  By this time next year, the final book of the Akasha Series will be released and I can hopefully focus on the larger message I hope to convey with the series.  Wish me luck with that!  In the meantime, Google ‘Permaculture’ and find out what you can do to help.  Here is a great clip on Actress Ellen Page’s experience with permaculture on the Ellen show (I love Ellen  – both of them):

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