Tagarchief: environment

Non-human overpopulation is the real problem

It is often claimed – especially by environmentalists – that there is a human overpopulation problem: there are too many humans, or the number of humans is growing too rapidly. I will argue for the controversial, opposite claim. Of all … Lees verder

Geplaatst in Artikels, Blog, English texts | Tags: , , , | Een reactie plaatsen

Being rational about nuclear power

Disclaimer: in the past I did several actions against nuclear power. This article does not reflect the opinions of the environmental organizations I am and was involved in. Effective environmentalism deals with the irrationalities in the environmental movement. These irrationalities … Lees verder

Geplaatst in Artikels, Blog, English texts | Tags: , , , | Een reactie plaatsen

Is a vegan diet optimal for our health and the environment?

There is a scientific consensus that our high consumption of animal products, especially meat, is bad for our health and the environment. The studies are abundant (see here and here). Almost no-one is denying that our consumption of animal products … Lees verder

Geplaatst in Artikels, Blog, English texts | Tags: , , | Een reactie plaatsen

Ineffective actions and campaigns that can backfire

Effective altruism is not only about looking for actions that do the most good, but also about avoiding ineffective actions. Here I will give four examples of campaigns or actions that can backfire in the sense that they can do … Lees verder

Geplaatst in Artikels, Blog, English texts | Tags: , , , , , , | 3 reacties

Why naturalness is irrational and harmful

In the environmental and natural health movements, people value naturalness. However, from a rational-philosophical perspective, this notion of naturalness doesn’t make much sense: it is arbitrary and not well-defined. Second, from an ethical perspective, preferring naturalness is often harmful: it … Lees verder

Geplaatst in Artikels, Blog, English texts | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 3 reacties

One day vegan…

What is the positive impact of eating a plant-based (vegan) diet for one day? A person with an omnivorous diet spends just a few minutes a day consuming animal products. But those few minutes cause a lot of harm. Replacing … Lees verder

Geplaatst in Blog, English texts | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 reactie

How to compensate your carbon footprint

How can you make sure that you do not have a negative impact on the climate system and that you do not contribute to global warming? How can you do this in the most effective and fair way? The answer … Lees verder

Geplaatst in Artikels, Blog, English texts | Tags: , , , , , | 5 reacties