Water scarcity

What I Imagine Post-Scarcity to be.

I’m gonna try, but it’s like midnight, and I’m high on prescription pain meds from a surgery I had lmao. [there was an anon ask but like it didn’t publish so i’m answering it in this way]

WE basically already are, post-scarcity, to an extent, we overproduce everything, we have enough for everyone to have what they need. The only problem is, if people don’t have money to buy this overproduction, it is disposed of, and therefore not used.

Now, there are certainly some things that are not unlimited, and must be replaced in a true post scarcity society, such as petroleum oil, among other energy sources, and items. These things will have to be phased out.

We need to be sustainable, obviously. So a post scarcity society, the way I see it, isn’t saying everyone gets everything their hearts’ desire, it’s saying what we can produce for all, all should have access to. We can work towards producing other things for all, this requires massive collectivized work and education if people want things that are today considered luxuries.

But think about it, electricity was once considered a luxury, and sometimes still to this day is, but we have enough resources to make it available to everyone without actually charging them, we already have systems we can set up to make energy far more efficient and successful at giving it to all. It’s kinda like that, no one is ~stealing~ electricity, they just all get it because they need it today. But we don’t do that, we make people pay for electricity despite it not really needing to happen outside of capitalist reasons.

Another thing, food, we overproduce food, we throw out the excess, we could instead give excess food to the hungry, we don’t technically even need to charge for food, because we’re so successful at producing it we could actually cut down on our production and become more sustainable and still feed everyone. People would have access to food, whichever foods they like that we’re able to produce for all, and they wouldn’t be stealing or hoarding it, because they have what they need, and will always have what they need.

There is no need for excess in post-scarcity because we’re not planning on profiting, or losing shit, so we don’t have to worry about stealing or hoarding, unless of course someone has a mental illness, but like that’s really not the majority of people? And in a post-scarcity society mental illness would be treated a lot more efficiently than it is today, theoretically, because medical practices would be universally accessible.

TL;DR: Basically what I’m saying is, people will have what they need, and if we as a society want more, we can work towards making more for all, because we have the means to do it, we just choose not to, we instead choose to engage in capitalism. 

Now yall who know more than me can like add to this shit, like I said I tried my best. 

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Happy Earth Day!

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of destruction of the Amazon rainforest, global deforestation, global greenhouse gases, ocean dead zones, species extinction, fresh water scarcity and waste, resource depletion, and soil degradation. Going vegan is arguably the most effective and impactful action every individual can do to help the environment. Make everyday Earth Day. Watch the eye-opening documentary Cowspiracy to learn more! 

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UK scientists 'develop superwheat'

Does it also resist severe soil degradation, drought, and flash flooding? like the recent drought in the U.S (which continued well into the winter and spring btw) or the second wettest year on record in the UK (which drowned wheat crops).

You know we could just stop eating a metric fuckton of meat, driving giant SUV’s in sodding Chelsea and taking two international flights a year.

People could stop denying the mountain of evidence supporting climate change, they could stop campaigning against clean energy developments because they “spoil the view”, they could do any number of good and helpful things.

Because it’s not just climate change coming for us it’s water scarcity, it’s deforestation, it’s overfishing, it’s pollution, it’s desertification, it’s peak oil. All of these things feed into each other and make each other individually and collectively worse.

To add to that these things aren’t going to hit everyone equally and proportionately so you’re going to get areas that have enough and areas that don’t, what happens then? well because we’re human beings wars break out.

Wars cause massive migration which provides a perfect chaotic environment for epidemics and pandemics to break out and these then feed into it and cause even more chaos and suffering.

Like, imagine getting the flu, not great but you can deal with it.

Then you get food poisoning and a head cold and shingles and hepatitis and an infected cut and suddenly you’re dead.

But no apparently steak dinners, comfortable living and getting to sun yourself in the Mauritius is more important than you and your children dying in 20 or 30 or 40 years time because that’s what it boils down to and if you pretend the fancy wheat is going to save you then you’re fucking delusional.

Supporting links here.

“The human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future—deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease.”
— World Watch Institute

To produce a ¼ pound burger requires immense natural resources. Water is needed to grow the alfalfa and grains fed to the cows. Water is needed to hydrate the bovine himself (and they drink 20-30 gallons a day). Plant-based foods generally require less water and are less resource intensive. Eat vegan!

Remember when I was like “okay I’ll get off my soapbox about Lapis being OP”

well it’s a new day and I’m back again.

Specifically on the topic of: “But Clockie, Lapis’s powers are clearly ruled by water, that’s her thing, so, if you fought her on the moon, without any atmosphere she could pull water from, she’d just be. totally screwed”

My problems with that mostly boil down to: how do we know that’s Lapis’s one and only game plan? Like. Lapis is presented, and framed, repeatedly, as terrifyingly overpowered. The situations that trap her are situations she cannot get out of by destroying everyone present- at least, not without serious undesirable consequences.

We have never seen a desperate Lapis outside of the mirror, which she was physically restrained. So we don’t know how she’d behave in that context- we also don’t know what it takes to get there. We just have the fact that, a certain part of Lapis’s personality suggests she is, at bare minimum, very used to being able to destroy people to the point that even when around people she can’t destroy for other reasons besides “they are too powerful” (see: Jasper) she is not particularly reverent or deferential to them. 

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Superman / Wonder Woman  by  dillon_boy

Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.

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anonymous asked:

All I was ever taught about the Panama Canal was that the US decided it was needed and then we built it and also the hardships of the actual construction. Nothing about the relationship with Panama or how we caused Panama to no longer be Colombia. I remember hearing some years ago that Panama was now in full control of its canal and was confused as to why we had retained control of it for that long in the first place. Side note, both of the Roosevelts were bad presidents imo.

I know nothing on the Roosevelts, but the whole Panama canal deal was an american fiasco from start to finish, both against my country and even Panama herself, as she wasn’t even allowed to own the land of the canal itself up until 1999, which to this day has keep the country with a serious water scarcity problem. 

Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.
—  Ban Ki-moon
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