NEW MINDSETS AND JOBS NEEDED
Our environmental problems will likely persist unless our mindsets change and unless there is a shift in the way many of us earn a living. We are free to do as we please until our actions deprive someone else of their freedom, which is why you canít blow smoke in someoneís face. In fact, since treatment of emphysema and lung cancer are so costly, even smoking in isolation is wrong because it stresses the health care system, possibly depriving someone of treatment from a disease or injury that is not self-induced. If we contribute to global warming or overpopulate or place toxins in consumer products, we infringe upon the freedom of others to live in a stable world. If we do not recognize that our personal freedom is part of an ecological web of other rights and freedoms, there can never be a widespread and sustained environmental movement.
Of course some
semblance of passion for things beyond sex, money and gadgets would not hurt
the environment either. I heard of an enlightened golf course owner in the
In general, it is shocking how an educated population is so out of touch with the cycles of the moon and with the types of trees growing in their urban areas, let alone those existing in protected areas beyond their cities. Many of these otherwise intelligent people spend their working lives pushing paper for the bureaucracies that plague modern life. Hopefully some day, for the sake of their own mental and physical health they will be working outside of their cubicles plucking weeds, analyzing soils, seeking ways of degrading plastics without toxic solvents and working on ways of generating energy in a sophisticated and innocuous manner like the photosystems of plants.† And for the sake of other species, our infantile technological society will mature and stop generating energy by setting fire to relics of the past.