Why should we be sustainable? Self-explanatory, maybe, but maybe you’ve also seen/heard/read politicians and a few scientists claiming that climate change is a massive hoax perpetrated by the Left/ /Communists/Liberals/Democrats/other popular villain of the day. So there’s a reason for this article, and if you don’t need to read it, I’m glad.
‘Sustainability’ is the great buzzword of our time- in an era of buzzwords, it’s the buzzword, because it’s about the future. Most of us won’t get to reap the benefits of the shift we’re trying to effect, because we’ll be food for worms. Maybe that’s why there’s so much apathy and inertia, because we’ll be dead in fifty years, anyway, so why should we lift a finger to make sure the ones who come after us don’t die fifty years before their time?
But as Chief Seattle said, Man does not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web he does to himself…
And here’s another thought: this planet existed before humans did, and it will exist after, in whatever form. Now, do we want to abuse such an adaptable planet till it develops defence mechanisms against us? Because those mechanisms will end up killing us all, and the earth will continue turning as it has for the past 4.5 billion years.
That doesn’t sound like a great plan to me. The thing is, it’s already happening.
Fossil fuels → global warming → melting polar ice caps → rising sea levels → oceanificaton of coastal areas.
It’s a fairly straightforward process. Or, to pick another word we all know- remember learning about deforestation in school? I know, Environmental Education class, so boring.
Gaea, Goddess of the Earth, is getting her revenge. Why shouldn’t we be sustainable?