||Only after the last tree has been cut down
Only after the last river has been poisoned
Only after the last fish has been caught
Only then will you find you cannot eat money
Native American saying
The choice is yours. If
you don't care and just want to carry on buying, buying, buying... well,
you won't be reading this anyway.
are reading this, aren't you!
mean you do care.
I know you can
make a difference. It won't be obvious or
fast but it will happen. It has to if our
beautiful planet is to survive with all its
wonderful life and variety. Ignoring the problems
– generally called 'business
as usual' – will mean a poor and dreary world
with filthy air, rivers and sea, waste plastic
everywhere, land covered by more roads, airports,
bigger industrial farms and cities. And
will the wild creatures be? There won't be
any space left. Penguins, polar bears and many
other creatures are already in trouble — as are around
one billion people who barely have enough to eat. By
consuming less, you can help to create a fairer sustainable world.
is a choice. You can choose to change it
down a gear or two. Slow down.
Chill out (I like chilling out!).
Spend more time with friends.
Play more. Buy less. Make
music. Learn to cook. Get involved
conservation efforts. The best
things in life are free. You can't
buy laughter or happiness!
about how to mend things or ask someone else to help
small tube of glue can stop something you broke becoming more
junk. A few stitches with a needle and thread fixes that rip
in your pants. Mending things — recycling
really — is much cheaper than buying new. You'll find you discover
all kinds of new useful skills — and have fun! Fixing something
is very satisfying. Taking care of your stuff helps too.
everything you can
bottles, jars, paper, most plastics,
waste (for compost) — almost
everything can be used again in
some way if you take the trouble
to separate it and make sure it
gets to your recycling centre. And
if there is no local recycling centre,
maybe you can campaign to get one.
After all, there's no sense in driving
50 miles to take a few bottles to
be recycled. But
now, more and more towns and cities
have proper recycling services.
Usually you have special bins provided
into which you put all the different
types of recyclable stuff you want
to throw away. Once a week,
the bins get emptied and the (re)cycle
starts again. It's a great sevice
if you have it so be sure to use
I do this forever?
the habit of asking yourself that question. You can drink as
many glasses of water or eat as many potatoes as you want because
the water gets naturally recycled and potatoes grow new every
year. You can also go hiking with your friends. But can you
fly between Australia and New York every week? Not when all
the fuel has run out. And what about all that pollution
your flight makes? Try my interactive
sustainability quiz and find out if you are a future-eater
things with your friends
there's something you, other family members or your friends
really want, see if you can agree to buy it between you and
have power! (Click the dragon to
find out more)
that make stuff for you to buy take a great interest in what
you do buy. If loads of people stop buying something,
the company won't make it any more. If loads of people choose
to buy some other product because they can see it's not harming
the planet, then that company not only makes money but is encouraged
to make more planet-friendly things. Everyone wins!
don't mean school work — I mean if you have a well-paid job)
do humans work harder and harder (those who have work, that
is)? Why must it be 5 days a week — or even more? Why not more
holiday? Why must stores be open 24 hours a day? These are questions
to talk about with friends, parents, teachers, local businesspeople,
politicians. There are no easy answers
but there's something wrong with the present work-work-work
system. If it was making things that were really useful or needed,
then it would be different. But it isn't. Most stuff quickly
gets to be junk. Why waste the planet to make junk? Remember
the tale of the Fisherman
and the Tourist.
world is full up!
It's now got around 6,500,000,000
people and going up. When you grow
up and want to have kids, think
about the life you will be able
to give them. Meantime, here's
some questions to think about:
are no easy answers.
there be enough
about all the wild animals on the planet. Will there be
space left for any of them?
should have children?
time you buy something, ask yourself: Do I really need this?
the honest answer is 'no', then don't buy. Not buying might
be hard at the time, but then you have the money for something
else that you might really need. And you can give yourself
a big plus point for doing your bit for the planet.
you go to school in a car? If you do, is there room for more
kids from your neighbourhood? Can you use a bus instead of riding
in the car? Public transport is really about sharing with others.
Use it or lose it.
not to be lazy!
to the shops or your friends' houses. Or use a bike. The easy
option is always to drive.
But walking and biking do no harm to the planet. Driving does.
Working out (in a gym) may be good for people. But walking
out could be even better in the long run.
What do you think about
eating the future? Have you any good ideas
about what we can do to make things better?
If you do, please write to me. As long as your
message is sensible and friendly, I promise
you've found my Eating the Future guide
useful, please would you be kind enough
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I know you kids don't have credit cards
or anything but perhaps you could persuade
either your parents or your school
to make a donation. It's so easy and
you can do it here.
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