Category Archives: Environment

What do we want to say?

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The drought..are there people out there who actually believe the drought does not include them.  They feel nothing about taking good drinking water and washing their car.  The water can be used to keep their grass green.

These people make me ill.  Have they no thought or feeling for those people who have no food because they have no water.  They have no morals, because for me it is a lack of morals and ethics.

Yes you can have the water in your tap, and we pay to have that water int he tap, however, we are also human beings.  We should think about those people out there suffering because they have no water. We should think twice about what we do and what we are saying to the world out there about the person that we are, when we just throw good drinking water onto our cars.

Actions are what tells the world about the people that we are actually.

I hope to set a good example and to raise my child to be a caring human being.  I want him to know that by creating a better life for one, we create a better life for all.

Walking by that person washing their car, and doing nothing about, also makes me a person who does not care enough to make the world a better place for all of us.

So today I am doing something about it.

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Green washing

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Reading Lili’s article about Earth Hour reminded me again of a blog I once wrote but never posted. Lili does not agree that Earth Hour actually does any good.  I can see her point.  However I believe the gesture behind Earth Hour is symbolic and serves as a reminder to us that we need to do our bit.

However, I think to myself then, what is the bit that we are supposed to be doing? Why do we need to save the planet.  I do not believe the planet needs us to save it. All this “green-washing” is for us.  We need to save ourselves. 
There is the concept of environmental resistance.  It basically means that when a population becomes too much for an environment to sustain, it needs to protect itself from that population.  Hence it begins to resist.  Hence the earth can take care of itself.  Apocalypse will occur and we will all die, and the earth will then fix itself and continue.  How could we hope to save the Earth?  It is much bigger than we are, we are not even certain of exactly how it works in the first place.  It is a complex piec e of machinery that is designed to be sustainable.  Not necessarily to sustain us, but to sustain itself. 
Also, the Earth lives in cycles.  So the changing of the seasons and weather patterns are perfectly within reason.  If the angle of the Earth’s tilt changes, then logic dictates that the conditions on Earth will change accordingly.  I don’t believe we have to be alarmed at the changing weather patterns.  It has to change, the Earth’s motion is not constant, hence its relation to the sun, satellites, planets, all change accordingly. 
We need to take care of ourselves.  Turning off the geyser is for us, not the Earth. All the energy saving we do is for us.  All the “greening” we do of everything is for us.  We need to first realise that what we do is not for me as the individual.  It is for everyone together.  When we have the house lit up and the geyser and the under floor heating all on, we make it bad for everyone when there is load shedding.  When we don’t use the indicator that is standard on all cars, we make it bad for everyone when there is motor accident on the N1.  At the end of the day we need to stop thinking about saving the Earth, but about saving the people in it.  Our bit is to be unselfish and realise that we need to make it better foe all of us.  Stop thinking in individual terms.  Stop with the instant gratification.  We need to work together for a better life for all.

What is green?

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Hmm we hear all these things about how we need to look after the environment and how we need to be green.  Do people actually know what being green really is?  I think the better word is responsible.  Are we being responsible and taking care of what we have?  We have to be considerate. 

When you buy this shirt: where did he product come from, its transport, the fabric, did it create employment, has it contributed to the sustaining of the environment.  recycling is not all.  We have to take it further.  We have to think of things all round.  Being green does not mean slapping some plants on a building elevation, it does not mean just planting a vegetable garden…..it means thinking how does this effect everything. I’m not sure I’m explaining this correctly.  Every little bit does count.

People have to stop being wasteful.  Being green has to become part of the laws of society.  It must become government legislation.  We have to be forced to do it even if we don’t care…because there are always those people that don’t care.  If it becomes part of a lifestyle then it is more likely to make a dent.

Then there is the question:  Do we need to really do this?  Should we not just leave it to the environment to take care of itself.  The concept of environmental resistance allows for the day that it becomes too much and the environment itself resists and rights itself.  Of course this comes at a great price.  Possibly large scale death and destruction, apocalypse.  Maybe the apocalypse is just environmental resistance and we must just accept that these things happen in cycles and its bound to occur no matter what.  Environments must be renewed and every so often it starts over new.

Do we try to do what is “right” and live the green life or do we just leave the environment to take care of itself ( accept the coming of an ending)?