Thursday, May 6, 2010
I Don't Get It
I've always found it fascinating that our planet has this sort of inherent ability to poison itself. All the materials have been there, but for millions of years one element was missing: us.
Whether or not we choose to believe Al Gore, our impact on the planet has been decisively negative. I happen to believe in human influenced climate change, but I can also see beyond the talking points. Throw out the rhetoric and glance anew at what we are doing. The sheer lunacy of mining and burning dirty fuels and pumping the air we breathe full of millions of tons of equally dirty gasses is clear. And let's look beyond the thermometer for a second. We also like to: wipe out species, cut down forests, blow off mountaintops, dam rivers and dump garbage in the oceans. None of this is good, and yet we continue to live with ourselves. How?
Nature has gifted us the sun the wind and the tides. These resources are powerful, endless and clean. Why, then, do we not tap them for all they are worth? With our unfathomable need for energy, I can see the merit and opportunity in switching to sources that are sustainable. That alternative sources can't meet present demand is a good thing, isn't it? That means there is room for improvement and growth. Improvement and growth require research and labor. In other words, J-O-B-S.
So, with all this potential out there, why do we continue to punch new holes in the earth? I'm not superstitious, but it's hard for me to not see a little karma in this oil spill, which comes about five seconds after Obama lifted the offshore drilling ban. Is the universe telling in not so subtle ways to knock it off? I don't know. All I can say is that a lot of us are trying; we do do our best to recycle, turn off lights, compost, drive fuel efficient cars and buy ecologically responsible products. Meanwhile, the ones with all the power continue to rape and rampage. How long can we keep it up?