Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wake UP!!!

Our consumption-based, energy and pollution-intensive way of life is unsustainable. Americans as a whole are doing a great job of ignoring that fact, as is much of the developed world. Industry rules, and big oil, big ag, big chemical, etc, etc, have no interest in changing a thing. As long as profits are high, everything is A-okay.  And untold amounts have been spent by billionaires to convince a gullible public that climate change is a myth.

 But as reported by the Guardian UK, "The world is at growing risk of “abrupt, unpredictable and potentially irreversible changes” because of a warming climate....In a rare intervention into a policy debate, the American Association for the Advancement of Science urged Americans to act swiftly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – and lower the risks of leaving a climate catastrophe for future generations."

Meanwhile, an astounding piece in The Altlantic details the disturbing barrage of toxins we're bombarded with (thanks to the aforementioned industries), and how these toxins are creating disease, mental impairment, and developmental disabilities - not to mention poisoning the planet.

Nothing is going to change unless people wake up and start demanding that the tools we send to DC (ostensibly on our behalf) take real, concrete actions to reverse the ongoing ruination of the planet and its inhabitants. And this would include industry lobbyists not being appointed to leadership positions in the agencies that are supposed to regulate their industries.

Are the brains of the citizenry already too addled by toxins and chemicals to perceive the danger to the continued existence of our species and countless others? Or are our electronic devices and the endless stream of immediate trivia just too entertaining to break away from long enough to actually grasp reality and act?

2 Comments:

Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

I'm going with door number two -- "bread and circuses"!

When "it" happens, I wonder which one will be missed first? (I know, it seems like an obvious answer, but is it? Recall the Dire Straits line, "I Want My MTV...")

6:20 PM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

I agree, but tend to think door number one has a definite role.

11:00 AM  

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