I think that if everyone was educated about what is going on in the world, and what they can do about it, that we would have less people who do not want to change the way things are in the world. This post is simple. I am looking for some articles on major environmental crises and issues that our world is currently facing. Some obvious ones are Global Warming, oil spills, and deforestation.
What else though?
What other than spreading awareness and supporting alternatives, can we do about these issues?
Post your suggestions and environmental articles here.
@jaygran7, Where to even begin with a question like that. You can literally see something very wrong with the environment any direction you look, anytime, anywhere. Air pollution by cars/factories/buildings/everything, noise pollution, light pollution(many animals use stars to travel), too much garbage, not nearly enough recycling, not enough recycling plants, not enough education about what/when/how/where to recycle, Exessive waste of paper(everytime I open my mailbox I die a little inside; in one week they can send upwards of 10 books of junk mail just advertising clothing/whatnot. What a fucking absolutely disgraceful waste of paper), waste of water, dirty water everywhere from lakes to rivers to oceans to drainage to the cup of water you are drinking in your hand, using fossil fuels and not focusing on renewable energies, wasting food, wasting every fucking thing we create/find, poaching of animals, mass murders of species due to deforestation/pollution, mass extermination of wildlife that we should be preserving…I really could go on forever.
Humans dont do anything even close to acceptable as far as how we should treat the environment and the earth. I mean…In cant think of a instance where I saw humans interacting with the environment/earth and thought in my head, “gee, now that looks like these people are concerned with the future of our earth and not just their selfish needs of today.”
What can be done about it? A lot hell of a lot, but no body cares to implement anything.
“fuck the future, we got today!”
– the entire human race.
Stop giving money to fucking stupid events/charities/causes and instead divert it to practical research into sustainable living. The 2012 Olympics cost £9.3bn alone, for one event in one cuntry (NB: Deliberate spelling).
We need outside the box thinking if we are going to see any sustainabibility and protection of the Earth’s environment. Sending Greenpeace some donations just frankly isn’t going to really cut it. We are on a train, as a society, speeding along to a point where the destruction of potentially all life on this planet is a complete possibility. This is a realistic viewpoint, which I hope I’m wrong about, but in my mind, we are not moving, we are stagnant, nothing fundamental is changing which is going to reverse our situation.
There aren’t enough incentives to help out. This in fact is a great way to get corporations to see a monetary benefit from doing all the above mentioned to help out. The reality is that it will take lots of time and money to do so and since the corporations aren’t going anywhere as of now, they have to e forced to help out, A LOT!
Also awareness needs to be raised extremely. I do my little bits like recycling, eating more veggies and fruits in order to reduce waste. Reusing plastic bags and such and reusing jars and containers I buy. But that’s just not enough to slow down and reverse what’s really going on.
So basically everyone needs to find out what they can do for where they live. Or else the governments need to collapse and people need to start forming new societies and start with these ideas and solutions. I would choose the first to options.
This is a question I am basing my entire life’s work around… I am trying to raise funds to buy land to build a sustainable, educational, interactive and inspirational community/campsite/cafe/visitor/wellness/activism centre in NZ. You can read more at http://www.1mpp.org/ but the basic principle is that if people learn experientially about the interconnectedness of the environment, themselves, food, biodiversity and our own survival – then they will want to work to preserve and conserve more. The idea is also that if people spend more time in nature or enjoy time in it (i.e snorkeling, camping, tree-climbing, hiking) then they will likely be more inclined to want to look after it as well.
A really good source for information is http://davidsuzuki.org/
Greenpeace and organisations like them do a lot of really good work, so I think purely denouncing the works of established organisations does little to no good as they are at least working on solutions and offering viable alternatives.
Unlearning that the environment and the economy are separate entities is hugely important. What I mean by this is we cannot feasibly run a linear system on a finite planet indefinitely. So by investing in products and services that have a more cyclical life cycle (like nature) we can do a lot too.
Here is my advice though to implement change now:
Buy sustainably, locally, organic, dumpster-dive, buy second hand, learn and read all you can about permaculture, buy cradle to cradle, fair-trade, vote Green, turn off your PC monitors at night, unplug what you are not using, put a No Junk Mail sign on your letterbox, subscribe to news and statements and bills online, pick a green energy company, plant a tree, do a beach clean up, don’t just recycle – reduce and reuse as well, upcycle, use community gardens, ride a bike, donate time and money to good causes, don’t use plastic bags, buy a reusable mug for your coffee or tea, don’t use anything only once.
It’s all about the little things all the time and creating new habits.