Back to the Land

Farmed animals land use

Land consumption is the next chapter in our book of hidden impacts. The huge amounts of land which humans devote to both cars and meat is another troubling issue, since it removes space that could otherwise be left in it's natural state to host wildlife.
Our natural lands can be harmed in many ways, and for various reasons. Sometimes it's the loss of trees and plants which hold the topsoil together. Other times it's the act of covering the land with asphalt or concrete which cuts off access to the sky and concentrates water runoff. Finally there's the pollution from oil, animal waste, or agricultural chemicals that cause long-lasting damage to the earth. Whatever the impact, treading the earth with a smaller footprint will always bring us communal benefit.

No trespassing

As I travel through the countryside, there are regularly signs expressing that this piece of land is 'private' or available for 'development.' What this really means is that the people who currently have control over that land see it's value mainly in the amount of money it can provide rather then seeing value in letting the area exist in a natural state.

Scared pepper

The ever-increasing demand for space to support high-consumer lifestyles means that forests, wild lands, recreation space and forests get squeezed out. It's reaching the point where the only areas not under the thumb of human development are [retreating] glaciers and deserts. This brings about an enormous hidden cost to our biodiversity, our health, and our future security.