We live in a world of excess. We consume too much of everything—food, clothes, cars, bricks and mortar. Our binging is often so extreme that it threatens our own health and well being. And we are not the only ones who are getting sick.
The Earth—which provides the food, air, water and land that sustains us—is also under severe pressure. Gluttonous consumption of nature's trans-fats—carbon-based fossil fuels, deforestation and unsustainable resource use—is disrupting the global temperature-regulating machine that Mother Nature has carefully maintained for millions of years. Try as she may to keep from running a fever, the environmental reengineering wrought by six billion people, like a force of nature, is warming our world. At some point, something just has to give. We either must take steps to put our personal lifestyles and planetary systems back into balance or we will suffer the consequences.
So, what does any unhealthy overweight person do when the doctor tells him or her that they are eating themselves into an early grave? Go on a diet!