..to save the planet.
And what are we doing to halt the inexorable decline?
Very, very little.
Look at our roads.
Look at our skies.
Look at our seas.
Add into the mix, the rate of consumption, the degradation of the soils and, at best, we’ve probably got one more generation before the world is brought to its knees.
Perhaps it’s overstating the case to say that we just don’t care but how else do you explain our indifference?
Of course, you might be part of the cohort that believes the world is here for our pleasure, and that there will never come a day when we either run out of material wealth or we can’t engineer our way out of the situation.
For my part, I don’t buy it. Not one little bit.
Call it a vague, spiritual sense if you wish, but my fundamental and everlasting belief is that we’re all part of something much bigger than the ken of current understanding and that by our indifference to everything we’ve seen killed or degraded a little part of us dies, and we become less human, not more.
Truth is, if we really cared, we change our behaviours in a flash. Not just that but we’d ask every world leader of whatever hue to step up to the environmental plate and stop messing with our childrens’ future.
If you need a starting point (to interpret this post), you could do worse than consider the de-growth movement. Oh, and you might want to read the WWF Living Planet report, which documents the state of the planet—including biodiversity, ecosystems, and demand on natural resources—and what it means for humans and wildlife.
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