Earth Day is about more than being nice to the environment
Today is Earth Day, and as I walked out of my work cafeteria this afternoon, I realized why so many “environmentalists” annoy me. It’s not because they’re bad people or because they I disagree with their ideas, but it’s because I really think that they go about promoting their cause in the wrong way. Many of them attempt to get people to change their ways out of some sort of guilty moral obligation. Straight up, this approach will not work in the medium or long term.
Change we can believe in
Seeing a nice lady telling you that the Earth is our most important resource and that we must preserve it no matter what is heart-warming. It even got the people I ate lunch with to recycle their pop cans today. However, living in a more environmentally responsible manner takes more than a mere one-day change in habits. It takes a fundamental change in how we think about how the world operates. This means rethinking our very well-entrenched notions on:
- Man’s relationship with plants, animals, and the environment as a whole
- What businesses need to do to succeed and make money
- The where/how/why of economics, job creation, and “growth”
- What we as people really, really need to be live fulfilled lives
Just because you’ve thought one way for a long time doesn’t mean you’ve thought the right thing for a long time.
Over the next few weeks, The SuperSpade will dive into these and other pressing questions concerning the environment, taking these issues beyond morality and into practicality. Some example: Is it true that man should have absolute freedom to do absolutely anything to the environment? Is it true that businesses must compromise social/ethical/environmental values for the sake of profitability? Is it ture that “green” jobs in industries producing sustainable energy cannot be created?
Think about it
This Earth Day, take some time to think about why you do the things you do, why you consume the way you consume, why you think the way you think about your relationship with our environment. If you need help, consider some of these questions:
- Ask yourself why you hesitate to purchase from local businesses, and clamor to buy from large companies.
- Ask yourself why you don’t spend $0.05/lb for locally-grown, organically-grown fruits and vegetables.
- Ask yourself why a family of three thinks that they “need” a Suburban to accomodate the transportation needs of their entire family.
I’m looking forward to tackling these and more.
One Love. One II.