Don’t Be One Of Them.

May 7, 2013 1 Comment

Ever feel like the environmental movement is always climbing a hill but will never, ever reach the top?

Our President, who once stated he would do something to help protect the environment, has pretty much dropped that idea by the wayside. The CO2 level in our atmosphere is expected to pass record levels this month, rising above 400 parts per million (ppm), well above the 350 ppm most scientists consider the max it ever should be, and fracking is taking off.

Genetically modified foods are becoming the norm, infiltrating every aspect of our food supply. The government is now protecting Monsanto against lawsuits. Storms are getting stronger, the glaciers are disintegrating at a much faster pace than ever, and sea levels are projected to rise even faster than previously projected.

Since the first Earth Day in 1970, it seems like our situation has only gotten more dire. In 43 years, we are going backward – not forward. More pollution, more fossil fuels, less government regulation, more fake food full of toxic ingredients, more long-distance travel by air, more companies willing to destroy the environment in the name of corporate profits, and islands full of plastic waste filling up our oceans. This is not progress.

Why are we okay with destroying our (only) planet?

For being the most intelligent species to ever inhabit this place, we sure are hell-bent on destroying it. What is in our DNA that won’t allow us to see beyond the end of our nose and what we are doing to this place? Is it because we are just not smart enough to believe we have that kind of power?

We do.

That power is in our technology, not in our abilities. If the industrial revolution had never occurred, this wouldn’t be occurring. We created it, we continue to use abuse it, and we continue to make it stronger and even more destructive. “Progress” as it is often called is anything but; we are headed towards an almost certain, very uncomfortable, demise. I won’t be here to experience it, but future generations will. And what will they wonder about us? They’ll wonder why we kept doing the same thing over and over and over again, even in the face of such obvious destruction. Talk about looking stupid.

All the light bulb changing in the world isn’t going to save us; we’re well past that now. Sure, we need to make the small individual changes each and every day. They are still good things to do. But until we force real change, it’s not going to help all that much in the big picture.

So please, make some real change as soon as you can. Don’t worry about which light bulb to buy anymore – we all already know that information, especially anyone reading The Good Human. It’s time to step up your game. Start campaigns, show up at rallies, call out environmental hypocrites in public, elect real leaders, yell from the top of the highest mountain you can get to.

Don’t be afraid

I know many so-called “environmentalists” that won’t raise their voice against organizations like The Nature Conservancy – which has $1.4 billion invested in publicly traded securities, much of it in fossil fuels or the Sustainable Brands group, which counts BASF: The Chemical Company as a platinum sponsor. Instead, they would rather reblog the 1,832 ways to go green than upset some of these groups which buy ads on their sites.

Don’t let that be you

Each week I publicly ask The Nature Conservancy and their CEO Mark Tercek why they take millions of dollars from Monsanto. I haven’t skipped a week in over 3 years, and each time I do it at least one new person sees my question, learns about the partnership, considers it, and maybe even shares it with their readers. I am not afraid of TNC – they should be afraid of all of us, spreading the truth.

Don’t be a greenwasher. This isn’t a drill, this is real life. Somehow, someday, we need to get to the top of that hill and make it over the top, where we start seeing some positives from all of our efforts. If we don’t, well…

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After a varied past of being a test driver for automotive television programs, a Hollywood studio lackey, and an online media sales director, David is now the publisher and editor of The Good Human. In his spare time he rides motorcycles, drinks good beer, and builds stuff in the garage. You can follow him on Twitter at @thegoodhuman or G+ at Google
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Comments (1)

  1. Great post. There are so many other things that environmentalist groups could be doing to push the actual change needed in society today to make sure their future generations don’t look back and ask themselves what we were all doing. During the industrial revolution we had all the renewable technology available, but instead we pushed coal and oil into the front lines. We need another industrial revolution, but this time it needs to be working harder to bring down coal and oil and do what we should have a hundred years ago.

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