pelias3 wrote:technologies will change. first because we the people make the governments of the world make the industrial giants do it in environmentally friendly ways (in a lot of ways that period appears to be coming to an end already). then they'll change because someone will realise "ooh! its cheaper to do it that way! AND we don't have to be dependant on resources we don't have..." the final phase will be that new technologies will spawn new ways of doing things we never thought of. yeah the snowball effect.
And who will change this technology? The government can't just say "People, stop being so bad to the environment". No, someone has to invent all this new stuf. Who will this be? Surely not all those green friendly people who say "I live as much in harmony with the nature as I can, I've paid my dues". Actually the people who will safe the environment will be the inventors, the engineers, all the people that know about technology and use it.
What you are talking about is: Yay, people change and will get aware. Maybe start with getting aware yourself? Don't just lay back and say, things will change, I talk to people and pick up litter, and I don't even use a car! That's not helpful at all. The problem will not be solved if we stop eating meat, stop driving cars and shut down the internet. And noone will ever try this. The problem will be solved when people like you will learn about technic, how to use it and how to invent things that help the environment while keeping the level of lifestyle at least where it is now. Really, people haven't changed and they surely won't. Most people means nearly all people except all those freaks who get happy rushes by picking up the litter in a forest.
And Asch, if there is not enough land to satisfy the needs, what are you going to do about it? Convert to vegetarism? Just about zero effectiveness. We are to much people on this planet to say "If I change, I've done enough". Write a cookbook on healthy and environmentfriendly snacks? Will people buy it, many people don't want to try new dishes, or they'll try it occasionally. But you still have more impact than just converting yourself (and maybe some friends). Maybe you can write a Blog and give away free ebooks. Actually there are those books out there, but they don't have much impact. Why? Because they have names like "Tierrechtskochbuch" which means "The cookbook for animal rights". People who are interested in the rights of animals don't need such a book to convert, they are already converted. Other people don't want to sound to green and eco, they want to eat nice food, which is easily prepared. Books like "Das Hartz IV Kochbuch" (translates to probably cooking for people who only live on social helpings) are selling much better. Or "Easy and fast cooking which tastes great". If people are interested in ecology, they'll already look up for fitting books, they don't need this information. The problems are people who aren't interested and won't look up. And this are nearly all people.
So, what can you do to change peoples behaviour into environmental eating habits? Despite converting to vegetarism and write a book about better cooking (and place it reasonably on the market). Maybe do research on how to get the most out of the land? Genetic engineering provides really great solutions there. But most ecofriendly people are against it "because it's not natural" but rather, because they don't have enough understanding of this. The shoes they are wearing aren't natural, too. The vaccine and medical help isn't natural, bot even flowers and Tarot are natural, It's all man-made. There's already researches on how to grow meat without the need to grow real life animals. That's way more effective from an ecological point of view.
So instead of telling people how they should set back there life standards and eating standards, take a look into research and find solutions which provides both: ecofriendly living and maintaining the standards. Nothing else will work.