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Irresponsible caretakers of Earth
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Irresponsible caretakers of Earth
When I think about it in the cold light of day, I cringe and shake my head in disbelief.

We evolved on this planet, we are its native inhabitants.
We evolved high intelligence. We understand well (for all intents and purposes) what we are doing to our planet.

We know it is the only one we have and we are losing it fast. Why aren't we as a species at critical alert? Right now! Not tomorrow.
What is it about us that we just shrug it off and say "yeah, those clever scientists will fix it one day. Oh look, Spotlight has 40% off storewide, get out of my way!"

We've gone beyond the point of no return. We're all on borrowed time ... too late ... We're all to blame.
From driving cars to buying shit on ebay, to not compromising our god given right to live free in a democracy and scoff the junk food! What's not to love, right!

Unfortunately that lifestyle we all love is incompatible with planet earth. Not only have we blown it, but we are in denial of the severity of the situation.
Why is the world still building coal fired stations, driving cars and trucks, pouring chemicals into rivers and oceans, etc

We are so fucked! On so many levels. Sad
(And Kit feels he should've been born a few thousand years in the future? Kit! What future exactly?)

rant over.

(back to your regular program)
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#2
RE: Irresponsible caretakers of Earth
You're totally right. The support of convenience has been our downfall. I'm as guilty as anyone else. I just try and minimize the harm I do, but I always know I can do better.
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#3
RE: Irresponsible caretakers of Earth
Because we didn't evolve to be long term planners and have difficulty truly conceptualizing consequences beyond the length of our own lifetimes. Never too late to start living the future you want, though. Go build yourself an environmentally friendly house. Reduce your consumption, and control the remainder for viability. Get involved in the kinds of projects that might help to make the future happen today.

Or curl up in a ball like an animal and die with the rest. Wink
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for a battle to commence then KPLOW, I hit em with the illness of my quill, Im endowed..with certain unalienable skills....  

-ERB


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RE: Irresponsible caretakers of Earth
Where is Hari Seldon when you need him?
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RE: Irresponsible caretakers of Earth
Are humans devastating to the environment by nature? There is such a thing as human technological progress but problem with it is that it's also the most potent changer of human political system. The fact that most of humans today live in democracies owes exclusively to industrial revolutions.
So there is also a question of how much politicians are obstructing technological progress, because of the fear they might lose control? With huge jumps in technology ecological problems could be solved.
Of course all countries under dictatorships are very technologically underdeveloped and in other places you have Trump that want's to go back into the past and Putin that also gets all his power from selling gas... so who knows in the end.
"Amateurs talk about tactics, but professionals study logistics." - Gen. Robert H. Barrow
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RE: Irresponsible caretakers of Earth
@ by nature

-To a point I think we are.  We're fast breeding, long lived, and voraciously predatory omnivores with little in the way of environmental requirements and a biological weapon of mass destruction at our disposal.  If that's not a recipe for devastation I don't know what is. 

I do want to say that we don't need to wait on a tech for redemption, though.   We -could- solve those problems we face with what we have...and in many cases the lowest tech solution is the best solution.  There's a bit of complacency involved in pinning our predicament entirely on politicians and a lack of shiny new tech.  They could obstruct stewardship by the pussy all day long and we could drive right around it, right over it.
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for a battle to commence then KPLOW, I hit em with the illness of my quill, Im endowed..with certain unalienable skills....  

-ERB


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RE: Irresponsible caretakers of Earth
Last issue of Scientific American has an amazingly grim article on the effects of warming in the arctic. Even pessimistic predictions of a few years ago appear to misstate the rapidity of dire effects by 40 to 60 years. Environmental effects expect around the year 2100 are now predicted for 2040-2060 time frame.
 The granting of a pardon is an imputation of guilt, and the acceptance a confession of it. 




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RE: Irresponsible caretakers of Earth
My kids will be growing cacao in kentucky, minus all the small arms fire.  Wink
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for a battle to commence then KPLOW, I hit em with the illness of my quill, Im endowed..with certain unalienable skills....  

-ERB


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RE: Irresponsible caretakers of Earth
Planet Earth was here long before we came along and will be here long after we Homo sapiens have ceased to exist as a species. The "save the earth" campaigns should actually be called "save humans". When we talk about sustainable environmental practices, we're actually talking about sustaining our own existence, not the planet's.

-Teresa
Light the way with the bridges you burn.
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RE: Irresponsible caretakers of Earth
(April 2, 2018 at 9:06 pm)Tres Leches Wrote: Planet Earth was here long before we came along and will be here long after we Homo sapiens have ceased to exist as a species. The "save the earth" campaigns should actually be called "save humans". When we talk about sustainable environmental practices, we're actually talking about sustaining our own existence, not the planet's.

-Teresa


I suspect you are correct, that the planet has a great capacity to rebound. Still I regret the loss of so much bio diversity. I sure hope we're not powerful enough to turn this into a sterile giant astroid. The planet would certainly be better off without us though.
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