Top 5 reasons why are not doing our part to save the planet!!!
August 1, 2007 3:23am CST
Global warming, climate change, sky rocketing fuel prices are but few of the problems we are facing today and mind you that these are no laughing matter because we only have one shot at this planet we call home. We hear tips and suggestions on how to go green and help keep our planet hospitable to life, but why are we not doing it? Here's what I thought why. 1. We are in denial. Like any other pressing issue that we thought it's big and are too much for us to handle, what we do is deny that they exist. The same thing happens with environmental issues. We deny it exists so that we can go along with the normal routine that we are so used to. Like leaving the water running while we are shaving or brushing our teeth. 2. We think it's expensive. Yes at first it can be expensive, like changing your incandescent bulbs to compact flourescent bulbs (CFL's). But you'll reap the benefits later when you see that electric bill go down that same month you change those bulbs in your house because CFL's are 75% more energy efficient than incandescent ones. Not to mention the saving on power generation, this in turn saves carbon dioxide emissions. 3. We are not fully informed. We are not fully informed on the impact of the things that we do or we don't do to the environment. For instance we are not fully aware that using neither paper nor plastic for our groceries can save millions of trees a year from being harvested to make papers. Or those plastics can take hundreds or years to fully decay in landfills. When we throw trash away to landfills, I wouldn't want to call that "throwing away"; I just want to call that transferring. They're never really thrown away, where is away, Mars? So the best thing to do when you go to grocery stores is to bring your own re-washable cloth bag with you. Or bring your own thermos mug when you want to grab a Starbucks, they'll even give you 10 cents discount for saving on styro cups. 4. We don't have time. We all don't have time for now but we're still here, we're still striving; however, not for long if we don't do anything to save our planet. A couple of thousand of people can't do the job alone; we all have to pitch in for our part. If we leave and breathe Oxygen and run our feet on ground, then we have the responsibility to participate in saving our planet. Another thing is becuase we are so used to the things that we do now - things that are detrimental to the planet - we say that going green takes too much of our already meager time. But the sooner we are going to incorporate going green to our daily routine, the sooner we are going to get used to it so that we'll realized that saving our planet takes no time at all. 5. We just don't talk about it. Sure there are a lot of conventions, headlines, and news about global warming on TV, but they stay there on TV. They never really get into our household. We never really talk about it with our kids, or we hardly talk about it during family dinner. But I strongly believe that if we just create enough buzz on this issue down to the household level, we can be able to start out a green revolution for our planet's sake. I would like to apply the law of attraction here. If we just talk about it whenever we can, discuss it with our children and family, we can be able to attract attention towards it and create enough clamors to encourage everybody to there part in saving our planet. I created this discussion to inform everybody that the problem on climate change is real and urgent, however, we are not powerless to turn things around for the next generation if we just act today. We are not powerless about it; there certainly are things that we can do right at our own home to participate in this great challenge to mankind. If you know of some forums where I can posts this discussion of mine, please inform me, because I would like to get this message to as many people as I can. This is one of my ways of acting on the fift reason I gave why we do not do our part of saving our planet. Keep safety all!!!
1 Aug 07
A very informative post Ricko and I agree with what you have mentioned as the five steps that can be taken to improve our planet. One thing, however, set me thinking: half the population on this planet go without proper food, clothes and living conditions. They have no access to education or good health and survival itself is a daily struggle for them. I see this everyday in my country India. OK, I am financially secure, educated and can afford to buy CFL lamps…more than half in my country cant afford them. Forget about Starbucks, there are families who cant afford a cup of tea each in the morning, they are just not bothered about what happens to the environment, they are more concerned from where their next meal would come. What do we do about it then? We cant just wish these people away and their survival needs are definitely more important than the environment needs of the planet. Small factories flushing out their wastes in rivers or dumping in the open…environmental hazard: agreed. But they are too poor to install effluent treatment machines, yet you cant shut them down, they provide for several families. Don’t cut trees, fine, but world over many many families depend on firewood as their only source of fuel. What do we do? Environment issues are very real and very scary yet what I am trying to say is that there are more pressing problems on hand to make the world a better place. How do we prioritize? The world is so poor and the rich are so few in number.
2 Aug 07
Great insight! I commend you for that. I gave you plus rating in your comment. You are absolutely right. It's really a delima. What do we do with the worlds poor population. They are barely going by to think about the environment. I guess the environment and the poverty problem are interlocked with each other. What do we do? All the more reason we have to make the best we could. I myself is not saying that I belong to the affluent few, but I'm doing what I can to help. Great comment though... I hope this topic will not don here in myLot. Keep safety!
2 Aug 07
Thanks for the honour Ricko. We, the middle-rung people all over the world are doing our bit no doubt, but what about the super-rich? How concerned are they and how do they ‘actually’ contribute to making the world a safer place? ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ has become just another fashionable and politacally-correct term, both with the corporate world and the political powers.
1 Aug 07
I must admit that as a non-driver I do feel that the peole using gas guzzling cars could do more. I do all I can but it is very insignificant when whole countries continue to pollute, rainforests continue to be cut down and houses are being built wherever trees used to grow. We all need to work together but it seems that many people are happy with the way things are for them and have no thought for the future of the planet. Thanks for a very interesting discussion. I am a member of another forum, you don't get paid until you've posted 100 topics or replies. It's called Advise or Answers. It's off line tonight for site maintainance but I will try and send you my link tomorrow. I don't get paid for signing people up, I just think it's a site where the users would enjoy your topics.
1 Aug 07
That was quite long. You tortured me.But really it was very informative and it hits people right on the bull's eye.I know what youre thinking. You wanted to create a site which can be like wikipedia or whatever. Dont worry. We can work on that together. Youll have my 100% support.