HAPI Guide Summer 2017 - Page 48

HEALTH Ultimately, that is the problem: We’re killing ALL of the systems that would normally help stabilize the Earth’s climate, such as oceans and rainforests. Carbon displacement is real, and soil erosion and the burning of fossil fuels are taking carbon from the land and moving it to water and air. Regenerative agriculture is the most promising and productive means we have to remedy this situation while improving the quality of our foods and water efficiency. 7. Destroying the Lungs of the World Another type of oil that is robbing our grandchildren of a future is palm oil, an inexpensive oil found in countless household products, from soaps and cosmetics to processed foods and cooking oils. In Indonesia, massive fires are intentionally set to clear rainforest for palm oil plantations. As noted in the film, “This cheap commodity is making companies tremendous profits.” The ultimate price: rainforests — the lungs of the world. Today, palm oil plantations have taken over about 80 percent of the rainforest in Indonesia. The forest fires of 2015 released more carbon into the atmosphere than the entire U.S. economy, each and every day. In the process, populations of rhino, orangutans, elephants and tigers were also decimated. The reasons these forests are being destroyed is because people keep buying products containing palm oil. This is yet another case where the purchasing decisions of consumers are driving an incredibly destructive process. 8. Is Transition to Solar Energy a Feasible Goal? Revisiting the issue of transitioning to renewable energy like solar, DiCaprio talks to Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla. Would it actually be possible to transition not only the U.S. but the entire world to solar energy? At Tesla’s gigafactory in Reno, Nevada, Musk is working on producing batteries that can efficiently store solar energy. This is a much-needed component of the solution, as the sun does not always shine, no matter where you live. A massive advantage of solar panels and batteries is that you avoid having to build any kind of electrical power plants. A single battery pack could store energy collected by solar panels and supply power to an entire village, without having to build a power plant and draw power lines. 48 | HAPI Guide HEALTH Ultimately, that is the problem: We’re killing ALL of the systems that would normally help stabilize the Earth’s climate, such as oceans and rainforests. Carbon displacement is real, and soil erosion and the burning of fossil fuels are taking carbon from the land and moving it to water and air. Regenerative agricul- ture is the most promising and productive means we have to remedy this situation while improving the quality of our foods and water efficiency. 7. Destroying the Lungs of the World Another type of oil that is robbing our grandchil- dren of a future is palm oil, an inexpensive oil found in countless household products, from soaps and cosmetics to processed foods and cooking oils. In Indonesia, massive fires are intentionally set to clear rainforest for palm oil plantations. As noted in the film, “This cheap commodity is making companies tremendous pr ٚ]˸'HH[KBX]HXNZ[ܙ\8%H[وHܛ ^K[H[[][ۜ]HZ[ݙ\X] \[وHZ[ܙ\[[ۙ\XKHܙ\\\و MH[X\Y[ܙH\ۈ[H][\H[H[\HKˈXۛ^KXX[]\H^K[H\[][ۜقTHZYB[ܘ[][[\[[Y\\H[™X[X]Y HX\ۜ\Hܙ\\HZ[™\YY\X]\H[HY\^Z[X˜۝Z[[[H[ \\Y][\\H\BH\\[X\[ۜوۜ[Y\\H][˜[[ܙYXH\X]H\˂AŽ \[][ۈ\[\HHX\XB[”]\][H\YHو[][ۚ[[]XB[\HZH\P\[[[ۈ]\S›وXV[\K[]XX[HHXB[][ۈۛHHKˈ]H[\Hܛ\[\O]\x&\YYXܞH[[]YK]\\ܚ[ۈX[]\Y\][YXY[ BHܙH\[\K\\H]X [YYYKBۙ[وH][ۋ\H[\[^\œ[KX]\\H[H]KHX\]HY[BYHو\[[[]\Y\\][H]Y][Z[[H[و[XX[\[˂H[H]\HX[ܙH[\HX BYH\[[[\H\[[\B[YK]]][Z[H\[[]\[\