What should we tell our descendants that we have done to ensure that they will get a fair life?
The ‘Planet Earth Values The Most’ label will make it easier to choose things that benefit our Earth now and here as well as in the future. We can ALL make a difference! Both by choosing to go in a more sustainable direction and by choosing products from companies that work to make our planet a better place!
Help the children of this planet and their children too!
This marking has so far been performed by Cant. Scient. in Biology and Mathematics Jan Printz. (Later, other scientists and humanists / philosophers could join.) For the time Jan Printz do no know everything to know about what can make a better future so the marking are estimates made on the basis of his scientific knowledge of the environment and circuits in nature. The companies’ labeling is based on the knowledge I have been able to read about them. A more accurate assessment would require more in-depth knowledge of their production and waste management as well as the type of energy used in the company. Is it made from wind or solar energy.
This is a kind of parallel to Michelin stars that designate gourmet restaurants.
Jan Printz ‘view of Homo Sapiens
Odds for humanity and the majority of living species here on Earth have been desperately poor in recent decades, but something has happened that raises the odds!
We are a species that carries around the same genes as we did in the Stone Age. This presents some challenges! A small example is that at that time we rarely ate anything that contained sugar. However, if we found and ate some sugary berries then the brain’s reward system secreted dopamine. So today many people are struggling with an excessive intake of sugar which is a big part of the cause of type 2 diabetes.
Another example that helped us a lot in the Stone Age was the hormone testosterone from the Y chromosome which could help save the herd when it was threatened by dangerous things from the outside. Today you can see that about 0.1% of men have an extra Y chromosome (the sex chromosomes are XYY). Among basketball players, the percentage is higher and here it is an advantage to make more testosterone as it stimulates one’s growth. There are also more relative with XYY among inmates in prisons. The latter shows that it can be difficult to control testosterone. In the Stone Age, cavemen could better protect and collect supplies by exploiting nature. Today, for some, this has become greed. A handful of the richest people on Earth own half of all wealth. And as in the Stone Age, it is really only used to secure itself and possibly its family. But even the descendants of the richest people will have a hard time with collapsed food webs and ecosystems.
The biggest threat to future generations of plants and animals (including man himself) is the combination of the rich not investing in a sustainable future and world leaders who have difficulty managing their testosterone and who behave like cavemen.
It is thought-provoking that our species moves around the earth and affects the landscape more than volcanoes and earthquakes combined. It is also thought-provoking that all other animals and plants quite obsessively have no rights. More respect and care for other species will reduce the risk of collapsed food nets and ecosystems. More respect between people, even if we are different, will also be able to reduce the risk of destructive conflicts. Are we still cavemen or have we really moved on?
As a biologist and mathematician, I have the last years seen declining odds for a reasonable future as here in recent decades, where e.g. coal and oil lobbying has stuck to the 3% of scientists who do not believe that the 50% increase in atmospheric CO2 content, for example, leads to more hurricanes, heat records, forest fires and rising water levels are man-made.
Elon Musk, who I would argue is the world champion in innovation, shows in these years that if you have the will (and the means), you can start a huge development for example the car industry and space exploration that increases the value of the planet now and for the future at the same time.
The rapid development of better electric cars and batteries as well as solar panels now makes it cheaper to use solar and wind energy than coal and oil. To help future generations, we should limit the extraction of coal, oil and gas as much as possible in order not to increase the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere further, which to a large extent helps to heat our planet too much.
The rapid development of space travel with recyclable rockets and Starship that can use CO2 neutral fuel, namely methane that can be extracted from the atmosphere using solar panels. This must be able to be used on Mars, and therefore makes a lot of sense to get developed! In addition, working seriously to make humanity multiplanetary and settle on Mars is also something that can help us a lot here on Earth! Settling on Mars will require yet another rapid development in self-sufficient systems, such as water recyclability, waste utilization and biological circuits.
In this time where many professions are under pressure, such as tourism, it will be obvious to guide more people into areas that help our future generations.
Elon Musk has even shown that the development in a more sustainable direction is not the opposite of making money; This can be inspiration for other companies and is something is the best thing that has happened to humanity here in this time!
This increases the chances that our species as well as most other species have a reasonable future!