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Nature_and_Environment.15

Eco-Social Culture

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{Nature_and_Environment.15.12}: August West {augustwest} Thu, 18 Nov 2004 03:07:17 CST (36 lines)

I recently asked Dr. David Suzuki for his thoughts on the futility
of sustainability when taken in the context of a mushrooming global
human population, particularly when the four fastest growing
populations (ie. China, India, Brazil and Indonesia) have less than
enviable environmental records. His response centred on the
expectation of a massive human “die-off” due to a viral mutation
from non-human hosts to human ones. Not exactly an encouraging
answer, but the most realistic one I could hope to find anywhere.

So, if a human catastrophe is the only thing that will save the
planet from ourselves, why do we bother with any environmental
initiatives? Why don’t we just accept that we, as humans, are
unsustainable? As this is obviously the case, why do we make small
personal efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle; to take the bus; to
eat vegetarian? Since, we share the same fate as the dinosaurs, what
drives this mentality? Selfishness or selflessness?

With this backdrop, the only difference I can hope to make by living
more sensibly is a difference in myself. I pat myself on the back
for buying local products and using my organic cotton shopping bag.
I seethe with self-righteous indignation at those who throw their
beer cans in the garbage and use drive-thru fast-food multi-
nationals. I preach the benefits of less packaging and brand-less
products. But who or what does this really benefit? My conscience. I
sleep better at night knowing that, at least, I’m not part of the
problem. What denial! My mere existence as a human on this planet IS
the problem.

But, the planet’s aboriginal humans lived in harmony with their
natural surroundings for millennia. So what happened? The bite of an
apple, maybe? Currency based economies? Who knows? Whatever the
case, somewhere along the course of human history, we became
unsustainable. It isn’t IF we have an impact, but HOW MUCH of an
impact we have. The best we can do is to minimize this impact, and
buy the planet some time to kill the cancer, before the cancer kills
the planet.

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