Gaia The Patient

I’m a member of several online groups who’s intent is to take action to improve the health of Gaia.

There are a couple of ways to help a sick patient.

  1. Attack the disease.
  2. Support the patient’s immune system.
  3. Manage the symptoms.

1) Attack The Disease

This is the most direct approach, but to take it we must understand what is really ailing the patient. That isn’t always an easy thing to accomplish, especially when the patient in question is a living planet.

So what is the ailment? Some would say it is human population but I’d call that merely a side effect of the real problem. The real problem is the system which has enabled us to become so populous. The economy.

It isn’t that the economy exists that is the problem but the fact that we insist upon it constantly growing. We’ve now grown it so large that we must obtain economic contraction to get us back to sustainable levels of activity.

Our gigantic economy provides us with many wondrous things but it all comes at a price that we don’t want to pay; the health of our beloved mother.

2) Support The Immune System

The immune system of Gaia is made of the places that remain mostly wild. Defending and restoring those places should be a priority. Also part of the immune system are the activists that spread information, defend the immune system and take part in Attacking The Disease.

3) Manage The Symptoms

Honestly, Gaia can heal herself if only we’d stop causing harm. Until we can accomplish that we can use regenerative agriculture to bring not-wild-at-all type places back to life. Ecological gardening and permaculture are the tools we’d use.


What does human life look like on a, “Saved,” Planet?

No internet.
No personal transportation without muscle power.
No climate control.
No out-of-season produce.
No air travel.
Unreliable and intermittent access to electricity.
Much less meat.
No mass production of concrete.
Growing most of your own food and fuel.
Collecting and purifying your own water.
Managing your own waste: humanure, composting, waste water.

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