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The future is now

Dear Editor:

I want to make a correction, or really, an addendum. On Thursday, I posted a letter here that may have been seen, by some, as harsh, negative, and pessimistic. To those so affected, I apologize. I am not, in my true nature, pessimistic about our future. Quite the contrary, I am very optimistic.

In the last century, the world was touched by Gandhi, Desmund Tutu, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to name a few. Civil rights in our country and abroad have never been more equal, for both human and animal. Because of the hard work of activist groups, many people now know what animals endure, from factory farms to the circus. With the birth, advent, and bloom of telecommunications and the Internet, information is spreading like fire. We have come far.

I know now that it is possible to be prosperous and use almost no animal products (no known). This happens because there are dedicated vegan companies for shoes, clothes, food, supplements, and the like. This is unprecedented. But let’s not stop just there; never has the international business community been so primed and ready to spring into a full-blown green industry. There are entire communities that are going carbon neutral, like Fryburg, Germany, where 5,000 people depend entirely on the solar energy of their house panels.

We have better medical coverage than at any time in history. The coming energy crisis is now being fully discussed, and the future optimized for sustainability. Organizations all over the world are working on how to clean water cheaper. Countries around the world are spending more and more on education. NGOs are filling the gaps.

Antarctica is being preserved as a place for peace, education, and scientific inquiry. A treaty signed by 49 countries makes this so. Governments have acted, around the world, to protect nearly 2 percent of territorial waters. National Parks now cover over 13 percent of the continents. After near complete devastation of their trees, South Korea has reforested far more than half of the once dead hills. Today, nearly 75 percent of all their paper is recycled. Gabon selectively logs, not more than one tree per hectare, a true model of sustainable.

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With the advent of conscious consumerism, ideas like fair trade have created an economic home to reasonable, fair, mutual, futures. Agriculture can feed the whole planet, if it is not used for animal consumption. Solar electricity has grown incredibly quick. Wind farms are everywhere. One success is Denmark, who produces an amazing twenty percent of all their energy needs through wind.

The time for change is upon us, and people around the world are answering the call.

Thompson Bishop

Carbondale

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