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A newspaper in Thailand on Climate Change

October 4, 2009

On return from visiting a conference in Bangkok on October 2, I had a look at a Thai newspaper which I picked up just before leaving the hotel at 6 AM.

There I find an article on the first page, entitled ‘Climate change to have severe impact on food in region: ADB’

(ADB: Asian development Bank)

How fitting and reassuring, I thought, that I had chosen to focus on the ability of phytoplankton to create the feed and food of the near future, and to point out that the next green revolution has almost nothing to do with the production of bio-fuel, or climate change, directly (…while a phytoplankton based global paradigm change will help mitigating and even reverting climate change. This may sound like a contradiction, but it is not, and I will soon write a blog to clarify what I mean).

The front page article reports that developing countries in Asia and the Pacific will experience reductions in food supply due to climate change, hence food prices will rise, resulting in lower food consumption – especially for the poor. Who else?

Irrigated agriculture will decline by around 20 percent (with large margins, depending which crop is evaluated) over the next 40 years.

Simple numbers, but the human tragedy behind it should make our hearts stop beating. The real message is that people will die. And before they die, they will suffer.

And the suffering is inflicted by a global society which is unwilling to do that what we are enabled to do as the only living species: to observe, to learn, to think and to act responsibly; to recognize that this world is one for all. This suffering can be minimized, maybe – if we act in a proper way.

It is time to act, it is time to start taking measures that will resonate beyond an election period, beyond a few years where thinking green is hip, beyond a life time, beyond time spans that we can oversee as our or our family’s own future.

We have to think about the details related to global economic, social and climatic processes which we can see here & now; and act in a way to influence this world on such large time scales that match the power of our abilities to control our climate, to create a global change based on sustainability and fairness for all.

We have to start to consider seriously, how marine phytoplankton based production processes can be integrated in ongoing feed producing activities.  In doing so, drinking water is saved, carbon captured, arable land left for producing other and/or additional food products.

One Comment leave one →
  1. December 17, 2010 3:16 PM

    great post, thanks for sharing

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