From Episode 7: incineration insurrection
Breathing a sigh of Relief
In everyday life, we are all facing numerous choices that will eventually shape our life. We usually prefer life over death, comfort over pain and long term benefits over short gains for the betterment of future generations. Biology teaches us that simple human instinct SHOULD compel us to take our own survival into consideration when making big environmental decisions.
I think when history judges humanity of this era, people will be left scratching their heads in disbelief at the debate going on when the time comes to choose between short term economic gain and the collective quality of our air, earth and water.
Want some NOT so fun facts:
In one minute...
At least 51 acres of tropical forests are destroyed.
We consume almost 35,000 barrels of oil.
50 tons of fertile soil are washed or blown off cropland.
We add 12,000 tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.
1,692 acres of productive dry land become desert.
1,800 children die of malnutrition and hunger (that makes a total of 15 million each year).
120 millions dollars are spent on the military instead of green solutions
55 people are poisoned by the pesticides they use; 5 die.
25,000 people die of water shortage or contamination.
10 tons of nuclear waste are being generated by the 350 existing nuclear plants.
250,000 tons of sulfuric acid fall as acid rain in the Northern Hemisphere.
60 tons of plastic packaging and 372 tons of fishing net are dumped into the sea by commercial fishermen.
Yet here we are debating the merits of adding huge quantities of atmospheric pollution in order to save a few dollars. We debate the merits creating energy with fossil fuels and garbage when we have more than we could ever use falling free from the sky in solar, not to mention wind, tidal and geothermal.
As a specie, we are valuing saving a few buck over the essentials of life, we'd rather suffer and ride in a Mercedes Benz than cycle to work, and we all too quickly believe pundits telling us it's all impossible to go green and we should focus on the economic model of the 19th century.
Something is profoundly wrong with a specie that would choose non essential luxury over the necessities of life for itself and their future generations.
Einstein once said that the fate of mankind will be the one it deserves, then ask yourself, what choices are we making now and what consequences for our kids will those choices bring? What is your choice?