The Incompatibility Of Going Green and Greed
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If there’s anything that the recent Gulf of Mexico oil disaster has taught me, it’s that many of the ideas and well founded goals of going green and becoming eco-friendly are simply out of reach for the world – at it’s current state of thinking. Pure simple economics are a testament to that fact. The world’s economic engine runs on greed at it’s core. Nations have been competing in this arena since the dawn of time, and now we’re finally facing the butcher’s bill. How?
The world’s resources that drive the economy are running out, being primarily the earth’s reasonably accessible oil fields. Of course, there are those that would argue that there exists vast amounts of oil reserves around the earth. Yes, they are not wrong, but getting to them and tapping those sources causes a monumental ecological risk, one that the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster brings freshly to mind. These days, it seems that all the politicians on the hill and the big executives of corporations are all like squabbling children, fighting in a sandbox over their toys and special interests.
No one can agree. Everyone wants to point the finger, and pass the buck. And do you know what the real sad story is? It takes a giant global catastrophe like the Gulf Oil Disaster for people to wake up, and say, “Wow! We really have to do something different don’t we?!”
Reactionary. Unfortunately, that’s what people tend to be like.
Discouraging as this may be, there are things that all of us can do to help the environment and go green. Yes, it’s like putting a band-aid on a gun shot wound, but as residents of this earth we would want to do what we can, right? After all there’s many that plan on being around for a long time. Might was well start working with the environment instead of against it.
You don’t have to be a tree-hugger to see the writing on the wall.
Continue to do your part by making changes where you can. Get your entire family involved and explain to them why it is so important. Share your views with friends and family members as well. They may not realize the importance of their efforts but once you enlighten them, you will be able to encourage them more. In most regards, individuals aren’t out there destroying the environment on purpose; it is often a lack of information or not feeling like they can really make a difference that leads to it.
If you find that a person or a business is polluting the environment with chemicals or other substances intentionally then you need to report it. This could be your neighbor or even the company that they work for. No one needs to know you are the person responsible for reporting it. You can make a report with your local law enforcement or with your local health department. They will do an inspection and handle the situation based on what they find. There are laws in place to prevent this type of blatant disregard for the environment. Those found guilty of doing so can be fined, have to pay the cost of cleaning it up and even face criminal charges that can result in jail time.
Hopefully it will never come to that, and it would really stink to have neighbors like that anyway wouldn’t it?
There are so many ways to Go Green, we all just need to get off the couch, and get out in nature and start appreciating what we have. One thing is for sure though, and that is that you can’t mix Greed with Going Green. It just won’t work. If you’re interested in more ways to Go Green, this site has a lot of helpful info that’s practical.
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