The Green Movement is full of good intentions and I applaud the effort, but the bottom line is that a human being simply can’t be an environmentalist and enjoy what little pleasures of life remain available to it. In my opinion, the Green Movement is simply attempting to make incremental adjustments or tweaks without really addressing the number one “taboo” problem – 7 billion people and climbing. Most of the Green Movement’s efforts seem trivial when you consider the “foot print” of 14 billion feet stomping around the planet.
The idea that a human environmentalist can enjoy life given the status quo is hypocritical. My favorite example to illustrate this point is the “champagne environmentalist” – our Hollywood celebrities. The rich and famous preach to their adoring public about the importance of going green yet they live a life style that the billions will never experience. You people must learn to take the bus, carry canvas sacks to the grocery store, eat less meat, and buy expensive green products to use in your little shanties so we can enjoy our lavish life style and enjoy a clean beach on our vacations..
Many people look to the Green Movement as a means to make a profit – the perfect “win-win” scenario. The delusional premise is that technology and innovation will enable us to solve our destructive impact on the Earth without having to make any serious decisions that would alter the status quo. We don’t have to adjust our population size, alter our consumption patterns, or improve city planning because innovative businesses will solve our problems through green technologies. Better yet, this new green economy will provide jobs! Even if we discover alternative forms of energy and more eco-friendly products, the 7 billion people on this planet are still going to require an immense amount of resources for consumption. How will we lessen our impact on limited fresh water, forests, grain, fish, and all the other species we enjoy preying upon? I guess we could just eat chicken and eggs and develop even larger mega farms.
To be blunt, I am tired of feeling guilty for being a human being. Each day our senses pick up the damage we are causing, but a feeling of helplessness to stop the destruction combined with a desire to live our lives forces us to tuck the issue neatly in the back of our minds. Each day, billions of us wake up to start our day — we shower, eat breakfast, commute to our jobs, work for entities that are concerned with providing us with products and services, eat lunch, go back to work, commute home, eat dinner, turn on the TV, brush our teeth, and finally go to bed. The routine goes on 24 hours a day over the entire planet day in and day out. There is no question that billions of us are depleting resources and damaging the planet. You are lying to yourself if you think otherwise.
And to what end or ends are we engaging in this routine? What are we trying to accomplish? Are we setting the foundation so that the next generation can enjoy a better standard of life than what we currently enjoy? Are we making progress on the quality of our existence? Are we better off today than we were in ancient Greece or Rome? Are we, as a whole, moving forward? I think quantity is watering down our quality. The only way to break the insane cycle is to address our population size. If the Green Movement really wants to address the environment, overpopulation is the issue they should focus on and stop dancing around the issue with “win-win” solutions. And by all means, keep government millions of miles away from any type of solution as they are merely searching for ways to find more tax revenue. People need to take the issue out of that neatly tucked spot in the back of their heads and pay heed to what their senses tell them every single day.
But would happen to business and the economy if we start reducing our population? How would businesses expand and be able to show those steadily upward trending bar graphs that lead to healthy executive bonus payouts? What would we do with all the tax incentives that encourage people to have more kids? What will all the banks do if fewer people need credit or loans to buy things for all the babies and purchase five bedroom homes? What will we have to feed into our Economic dynamo without more kids? Well, do what you have always done when times are tough – down size.
Imagine the sense of freedom that our fellow Apex predators enjoy without any conscious concerns about what they are doing to the planet. They simply live their wild lives and provide for the next generation guilt free. They don’t need policies and movements to set their direction – they just live life. About the only thing they have to worry about are the number of awkward looking two-legged apes stomping aimlessly around the planet. We should be proud of our existence with an innate sense that we are progressing forward generation by generation. We should be living a wild intelligent life rather than looking at ourselves merely as domesticated commodities. But that is a topic for another day. Enjoy your weekend and happy Equinox.