the upside of the down turn

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The upside of the downturn.

We are heading for an upturn in the well being and good health of Mother Earth, which means the well being of all living things. We can expect cleaner air to breath, purer water to drink healthier food to eat and altogether a safer world to live in.

Al Gore would have to revise his 'Earth in the Balance' once again. Vandana Shiva could heave a sigh of relief. Arundathi Roy could settle down to write another Booker winner.

All because of the much feared economic downturn. Everyone, all over the world, is talking about the Global Economic Downturn. Everyday, there are reports of collapsing banks and financial institutes, marketing chains going bankrupt, massive layoffs in factories. All this is making the world become a brighter and nicer place to live in.

It was time anyway for global economy to slow down. It was going too fast, and downhill, without brakes. Everyone was enjoying the ride, without a concern about where they were going, or where they could end up. Suddenly we have been made to slow down. Giving us time to look around, look behind and then look ahead with the knowledge gathered from looking around.

Things will get better and better and we should all be thankful about the downturn in the economy.

Maldives Islands could survive a lot longer. The New prime Minister may not have to look for alternate land for his people. The rise of the sea levels would slow down. Less ice would melt in the polar regions. Even if the earth and the atmosphere did not get any cooler, we can be happy that it would not get any warmer. Damage to the Ozone layer will be lessened and there would be less carbon emissions.

There are many new job opportunities created, which could really help reduce unemployment worldwide. In the U.S.A. today it is reported that there are only 2 million farmers and their average age is 55 years. There are more than 10million opportunities for Green Farmers, when more and more people are compelled to look for green food, because they cannot afford to pay for highly processed instant food. More job opportunities will come up in the U.S for immigrants as jobs in the IT sector dry up. The rising cost of energy will drive more and more people to go for renewable energy. There will be jobs for fabrication and installation of windmills, solar projects and micro hydrals.

We can save more trees, there would be less destruction of forest cover, and the world would be greener. This would be because the worldwide demand for timber for furniture, house building, packing and paper would go down. When construction of highways, dams, harbours, and high rise buildings slow down, sand in the river beds would not be removed, the river banks would not be washed away, sea water would not enter the rivers and then into farmland and fresh water sources.

Slowdown of urban migration would reduce overcrowding of cities, reduce pollution, epidemics and reduce the burning of fossil fuels. As people go back to their villages, there would be less congestion in schools, children would have better schooling in less crowded classrooms, in more congenial surroundings.

The water in the rivers would become cleaner, as more and more factories shut down,  and less and less pollutants enter the water ways and the ground water. Water consumption for industries would also go down.

The air we breath will be cleaner, improving our health in general and reducing illness caused by poisons added to the air from vehicles, factories and decaying garbage.

When a manufacturer of earth-moving machinery shuts down a factory, it saves thousands of acres of natural environment, rain forests and beautiful landscapes. Several thousand people would be able move out of the factory into much pleasanter and healthier jobs.

'The 'life-style diseases' would disappear. People all over the world would become healthier and live longer. They would spend less on junk food, consume less poison which would have been added to plants and fed to animals. They would walk more, as travelling by car becomes more expensive. They would do more and more manual work, as automation becomes expensive.

Overall there would be a downturn of all pollutants, specially the most harmful dioxins, flourinated carbons and heavy metals like mercury. Garbage disposal also would become easier, as most present day urban solid waste is due to over-consumption. There would be less polythene, less disposal of mobile phones, computers and other electronic and plastics, that has become a serious headache in every country.

This would happen because people have stopped buying cars. They have cut down on driving the cars they own. They have stopped flying. Factories are closing down which means less fuel will be burnt and Less CO2 released.

People can stay home more often, spend time with their families. When offices work only 3 or 4 days a week, the children could have their parents for themselves for longer weekends. The family unit could function like a real family, instead of like strangers living in a single house. A house could become a home.

People would become more compassionate, be more concerned not only about fellow human beings, but even about other living creatures, when they realize that their downturn had been caused by excessive greed. When they turn more religious and when they realize that 'Small is always more beautiful'

Let us all be happy, thank our Gods and our Karma for giving us a another chance for survival.

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