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There are people everywhere. I doubt there are very many places left in the world now where you can walk very far without coming across the obvious spoors of mankind. Tracks, roads, garbage washed up on the beach, cultivation, jet trails across the sky, we're taking over. Not long ago I read an article that claimed the earth would run out of oil and gas within the next 30-50 years. I keep foreseeing a science fiction future of no grass, no trees, no animals except pets and domesticated breeds for slaughter and it's in my lifetime.

All the little villages around us are expanding, a stop-motion crawl into the fields, paving over the earth and squaring it off into a concrete quilt of lots and blocks. The march of progress, the expansion of technology, the population increase. Where does it stop? With the Greater Metropolitan CityState of Earth?

How do we reconcile the improvements of science, technology and medicine with the losses we create each day?

It's not as if we can hop next door to the nearest Earth-like planet and loot and pillage its natural resources instead. We can barely get humans off our own ball of dirt for a few days, much less interplanetary flight, exploitation and commerce.

We all go so blithely on our merry ways, using up, expanding over, discarding, piling on, reproducing.

Does it stop when the lions are gone?

Does it end when the frogs stop singing?

It stops when there's no more left to use. It ends when it's too late.
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mood: contemplative
music: John Lennon & Yoko Ono—Just Like Starting Over


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Hmmm... I dunno. I think we can all each make a difference. But that's just me feeling optimistic today, I guess. If you instill a love of nature and natural environments then that's another thing you can do to help. I also believe recycling what we can DOES make a difference.

However, living in a city can get to a person. Seeing rubbish, traffic, pollutions of all sorts just on the trip into work is enough to get anyone down.

I suppose if we all buy a plot of land somewhere and plant trees, that would definately be one way to make a difference, eh? :) Or hell, just plant a tree. :)

*hug* Environmental issues are important, and they're becoming even more front line politics-wise. Don't worry. We won't use up everything. We may be stupid, but we're not COMPLETELY stupid. *thinks* Okay, maybe we are, but I'm hoping not. ;)

I agree that we can all help, but I worry that the little differences we make don't really affect the big picture. If corporations really tried to make a difference, that might help, but it seems most of the time as if progress is a juggernaut that no one can stop...short of crashing into the wall of no return, that is. *hugs back*

Oh oh.. what a topic.

This is part of why I live in Eugene. There are cutting edge environmental activists here. It gets sort of hard to live up to the standards!
I'm listening to books on tape of the sequels to Clan of the Cave Bears. Right now I'm in Shelters of Stone. Listening to the descriptions of how these peoples used their resources is impressive, really. They had a connection so strong to the Mother Earth and our affect on her as humans.

The other day at my friend Chava's house we were having a conversation about how we each thought things would be in the future, when we were younger. Jim said that he thought it would be like Star Trek by 2004, surely. That People would be working together. There would be World Peace... Worlds Peace (plural) and that we'd have all the environmental issues solved, resolved. We'd have cures for many debilitating diseases.
And surely we have the intelligence, technology, and information for these kinds of results! I think we do. It's a matter of application (as opposed to greed.)
But true, we peons do not control the big corporations, and their hold, influence, and control is vast. Could push us all into hopelessness.
But.... being the optimist that I am ( well, um, often anyhow ) I think in terms of that thousandth monkey theory.
You know, if we each do the recycling and as much as we humanly can as often as we can... and if we spend the word in just this grassroots manner... more and more individual respect and awareness and honoring of the Earth and her resources and our handling of them... then someday there will be enough of us taking proper responsibility to shift the balance. At that point, what can the corporations do? Naive? Perhaps.

And maybe we'll be too late with the whole monkey business.

But what else can we do? It really is the sentiment of bettering ourselves individually and radiating that out into our families and communities that counts, rather than the outcome.

We are a blink in the larger scheme of things, the great mystery

thank you for that post and that perspective :)

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