Obesity and Global Warming

We now have another reason to shed those unwanted pounds. It has been reported that Obesity is a contributing factor to Global Warming. Yes; can you believe it! If we didn't have a big enough problem to deal with on the weight loss issue; it now appears that us porkers may be affecting our planet (and when I was jogging I thought that the groan I heard was in my head but it might have been Mother Earth complaining about the pounding I was giving her!)

ABC News reported on May 16, 2009 and The New York Times reported on July 18, 2009, about a new study that has suggested that obesity is affecting the planet by raising carbon emissions.

Apparently a couple of researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine recently published a report in the International Journal of Epidemiology titled "Population adiposity and climate change."The report goes on to say that there appears to be a relationship between obese people and an excess amount of carbon dioxide emissions compared to thin people.

Apparently, they found that there is a significant amount of extra carbon dioxide emitted from our heavier neighbors.

Some of the things that enter into the observations are
1. Overweight people are comparable to running around in a gas guzzler as far as consuming calories.
2. Overweight people tend to use motor vehicles to travel short distances rather than rather than walk or cycle

We all need to do things to cut our carbon footprint. The research suggests that reducing our weight to a healthy level is the best place to start.

It's interesting that the focus on global warming can be focused on how much carbon dioxide individual people emit.

I knew that the scientists have been observing cattle for some time but it seems as though some scientists may have too much time on their hands when they begin calculation how much people emit.

With the government trying to push through the "Cap and Trade Act" and wanting to raise taxes on energy consumption, you watch, they're going to start taxing us because we're overweight! Maybe we'll get a tax credit if we are actively trying to lose our extra pounds.

The bottom line is that we must take responsibility for our personal carbon footprint along with our weight so let's do our part to keep the planet from overheating. Enroll in an exercise program and do whatever is necessary to promote good health and get out of the obese range.

Get a journal and get moving.

Global Warming - Is It Real For You?

The information age has landed with a head bursting thump. In fact it has not only landed; it has planted roots and made a firm home for itself within our society. On a daily basis we have the opportunity engorge ourselves with new information - magazine articles, blogs, pod casts and e-books. And yet as we revel in this golden age of information, we manage to casually face our biggest ever challenge as a species, and note it down on a virtual to do list for the future - "global warming, fix next week".

Just this evening while discussing the topic, my six year old daughter dropped her shoulders rolled her eyes and moaned "not that again!" Too much information can be as bad as too little, as we run the risk of desensitization setting it. What's more, information without experience to help us internalize it does little good. Experience enables us to assign an emotion to the new information; this is what makes it meaningful.

This being the case, I am not here to overload you with facts about global warming, there are multitudes of pages about it on the net and the "almost" US president Al Gore has adequately illustrated the threat of global warming in his award winning film, The Inconvenient Truth.

My interests are more to do with the effects of global warming on plants and more specifically the plants that live within my direct human experience.

How will the increase in average global temperature affect the plants live around you? The question was sparked by the unprecedented dry summer we have just experienced in Johannesburg. After a season of unrelenting heat, punctuated only by two meager rainfalls, Johannesburg's surrounding grasslands turned from green to brown and then shortly after to black as the inevitable veld fires started.

These savannah areas are rich in medicinal plants including the hardy African Potato, Artemisia and a host of golden savanna land grasses. While these areas often burn in winter, the unseasonable fires arrived at the wrong time during the plants' growth cycle. Consequently some plants were badly damaged, while many did not survive at all. It was this experience that happened on my doorstep that really caught my attention.

My local African potatoes are only a reflection of a much wider problem. "Approximately 20-30 percent of plant and animal species assessed so far are likely to be at greater risk of extinction if increases in global average temperature exceed 1.5 to 2.5 Celsius" . Water supply and drought are not the only problems, some species of plants and animals are temperature sensitive for reproduction. With the onset of global temperatures; botanical gardens around the world have noted that plants around the world are booming ahead of their normal schedule .

We are reminded that global warming was created by factors such as industry, traffic and agricultural practices to name a few, however when we follow the road to the source, these contributors come down to one place -the place you call home. The quandary with global warming is the name itself. It evokes a sense of "globalness" or if you prefer, a sense of bigness that is hard to equate with the day to day hustle and bustle of the family home, its hard to absorb it, and say, "It's my problem". You may wish to test this yourself; what is the first image that enters your head when you hear the term "global warming"?

With the home in mind let's avoid the multitude of tips available to reduce global warming and consider what experiences we can have that will help us to internalize this mass of information and make it real. Experiencing means processing our world though our five senses, perhaps it's the time you take to brush your teeth while leaving the tap running and saying a sad farewell to those water drops that not even your grandchildren will gain any benefit from. Perhaps its taking a walk through your local botanical garden as if it was the last time you could do it, or perhaps it's as simple as taking the time to notice what it feels like for your body to experience thirst. The fact remains that until information about global warming becomes real and experiential to each and every person, we can expect a good few very dry summers to come.

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