Longevity and the Environment

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For people who are serious about anti-aging, extreme life extension, or just living longer, healthier lives, this is an opportunity to start thinking about the broader picture of making sure we’ll always live in an environment that can support health and human life.

At a minimum (it seems to me) this would include supporting policies that give people access to clean water, clean air and healthy food to eat (not just making sure we have access to those things individually ourselves).

The environment we’re living in is being badly stressed and is, in places, showing signs of collapse. We see this in things like the accelerated melting of the polar ice caps, and the resultant rise in sea levels, causing damage in coastal areas. The Earth’s climate is in a state of upheaval, partly because of human activities. The planet itself is gradually getting hotter, and this is reflected in the rash of fires currently erupting recently in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world.

We need a healthy ecosphere if we’re going to live long healthy lives. Doing everything right to maximize our lifespans won’t do us a lot of good if the environment is decaying around us. I would encourage people to look at what can be done to support better choices.

Things that come to my mind are, donating to groups working to preserve and protect the environment, including the forests that are the Earth’s “lungs,” and supporting groups and leaders who understand the importance of working for the health of the ecosystem.

The choices we make now will make a big difference in what the Earth is like in 20, 50, or 100 years.


Photo credit: Image by Schäferle from Pixabay

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