If you have been observing the news lately, it will become clear that environmentalism is no longer an ethical or moral issue.
On the contrary, it has become a political issue.
This is something that doesn’t make any sense.
How can you possibly end up with something as important as the environment becoming a political issue?
And I don’t imply the case of global warming here, as is the case for a lot of people today. This goes way beyond global warming and climate change; it’s about the entire environmental movement, whether it be habitat destruction, pollution, global warming, overpopulation, deforestation, endangered species, extinction, nuclear weapons etc.
It’s about the entire subject, rather than being some tiny detail of it.
To being with, let’s get a general understanding about environmentalism.
The early days of modern environmentalism began in the early part of the 20th century, starting with the activism of an American biologist Rachel Carson.
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Through her book, Silent Spring, which talked about the hazards of pesticide use, she showed the damage that human activity was having on the natural world.
Since then, the movement has spread around the planet, and is one of the most hotly debated topics around.
Now, I can understand the concern that many people have about the environment. I can understand how the environment plays a major role in our lives, and that without the earth, we would simply not exist.
And interestingly, that’s exactly where I observe a very strange paradox like no other. It has to do with the way people debate over the environment and politicizing it. I mean, how can you politicize a common-sense subject like environmentalism?
I just don’t get it.
I feel like asking myself,
“Are these people insane?”
Just how thick should you be, to politicize an issue like the environment?
What does the earth have anything to do with human shenanigans? It’s just the planet. The mountains will still be the mountains, regardless of your political inclinations.
It’s doesn’t really make sense when you think about it. Pollution will kill you regardless of whether you are a liberal or a conservative. How is this a subject of debate?
If you really dig into the subject, it becomes clear as to why this insanity exists.
The economy …
Bringing about economic progress will, undoubtedly have a negative effect on the planet. Running an economy will require, inevitably, the extraction of natural resources from the earth, ranging from timber and minerals to energy and a whole lot more.
And I understand that a part of it is inevitable, for you can’t have a good economy without extracting the resources that will support such an economy.
At face value, it would seem like the economy is a good excuse to raze the environment. But on a closer look, you will realize that it is nothing more than pure nonsense.
If there is no sustainability in the way we run our economies, how can there be an economy in the future?
In other words, how can you expect the economy to even have a future, if you destroy the very foundation of that future?
For example, can you really run a timber industry, if you destroy the forests through clear-cutting? Or would it be better for the timber industry to go for selective-harvesting, maintaining plantations, looking for substitutes, engaging in afforestation practices and so on?
Isn’t it quite obvious?
Well, apparently to the people who run this planet’s economy, all of the above is just tree-hugging hippie gibberish. In other words, it’s all about how much money you can make in the shortest period of time; the environment and everything else be damned.
What it all comes down to is this …
It is stupid to politicize the issue of environmentalism. You cannot say that it is a left or right issue, because it is not a left or right issue to begin with. Only a fool would turn the environment into a political debate, and think that it’s only a concern for ‘vegan hippies’ and ‘liberal peaceniks’.
It’s just a human issue, and something you should care about, even if you aren’t particularly interested in ‘saving the earth’.
For if the earth dies, we die …
… But if the earth survives, we survive …
It can’t be made simpler than that …