Environmentally Unfriendly

Lately I’ve been a little concerned about the environment, well, little may be an exagerration since I haven’t made any resolutions or taken any steps towards making my contibution, but I do use CFL’s. 😛 I know that it all boils down to each individual to try and make a change, but how do we know how much difference we do make? The impact would be as little as dropping a grain of sugar in the ocean trying to make it sweet.
There was a movie documenting underwater life called “The Blue Planet”. It showed whole ecosystems underwater living off the warmth and minerals and chemicals spewed out by underwater geysers. We know more about outerspace than we do our oceans and the life under them. I was surprised to know that there was an underwater beach! Well, technically it wasn’t a beach per se, sure, there’s sand and water, but you’d need the sun for a beach. At the ocean floor, there was a lake-type formation, and it was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen, probably next to a picture of the milky way.
Sometimes, its discouraging to see that no matter how much effort you (try to) make to reduce your carbon footprint, there are so many others who just do not give a flying rat’s ass. I don’t think its ignorance anymore, its just plain irresponsibility. Our gift of free will is easily misused.
I’ve searched for dustbins so many times in vain, while out in the city streets holding stuff I need to dispose. I think the Govt. can get people to co-operate better if they install trashcans in every corner of each city, instead of hoarding boards urging people to “THINK” about their environment. I don’t think any self-respecting person would throw crap wherever it fits if they see a garbage bin nearby, I know I wouldn’t.
Take for instance, the Paan. Indians are known for eating Paan, but then again, betelnut is not even exclusive to India. Its the 2nd largest cash-crop in Taiwan! After Rice! (http://blog.asiahotels.com/10-things-you-may-not-know-about-betel-nut-culture/) I’ve once watched a piece on the Travel and Living channel, and they eat the same way we do. But you don’t see lime smears on their city walls and poles, layered thick enough it makes you wonder whether people actually put it on or take if off from such surfaces.
It sure makes a great excuse, too. The story where the govt. installed images of Hindu dieties to discourage people from spitting on walls, only to find the same people making an effort to get the job done on the areas where its blank, is well known. It gives a whole new meaning to the term “Painting the town red!” 😛
And that’s just the garbage part. There’s so many other things that makes the fight for the planet so futile. In “The Eleventh Hour”, there was an Environmentalist (Don’t remember his name) who said that the Industrial Revolution was based on the belief that our planet has endless resources to fuel our growing need for commodities, produced by carbon emitting, resource guzzling machines we have created.
But now we know better, and that is why we need to rethink the way we design things from scratch. The beautiful part is that that is a revolution in itself. Imagine a world where we live in Harmony with nature, where each decision is made with the effect on nature added to the equation. Sure, it may not be possible to create something that has simply no negative consequences to the environment, but the try is worth every bit.
Although we have advanced in leaps and bounds in the fields of Science and Technology, would we be willing to take a step backward, even one step, for the environment? Or would we be willing to put the advancement on hold and focus on making it better and more efficient? In “Jarhead”, there was a scene where the Marines marched through the burning Oil-Fields of Iraq, (Supposedly set afire by Saddam) and someone said that it was the earth bleeding. I guess it was.
The population of our Earth is increasing rapidly, and people are living longer each day (No offense meant, tho’), water is getting scarce, food is not getting any easier to obtain, and the cost of living is sky-rocketing. Pretty soon, what is inevitable only in Apocalyptic movies may soon become reality. I guess the only saving grace may be that the newer generations in more developed countries are becoming aware of this madness, and are trying to make a change, while others in the third-world are glad just to be alive.

6 Responses to “Environmentally Unfriendly”

  1. 1 Shuakshuali
    March 23, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Hey kiddo… your last para is a repetition of the whole post 🙂

    Been ‘a little concerned’ with this whole environment-one with nature thing too. I use CFL’S, unplug my phone charger and lappy when not in use etc… And though these may seem like little things, well, “One small step for me, one giant step for the environment” 🙂

    It’s humbling to know that our primitive ancestors were more environment-friendly and respectful of nature than us so-called civilized inheritors of the earth.Can’t help thinking of Avatar here. Seems to me like we’re bringing Apocalypse on ourselves. The recent poisoning of Tut Lui here is just another example of how stupid we still are. We build concrete jungles in the name of progress, and then complain bitterly when a few poor farmers practice jhum cultivation.

    The newer generations are more aware; but I fear that the damage caused by their fathers is too extensive. Unless the powers that be wake up, I think it’s a given that pretty soon we’ll all be singin’ “Goodbye, blue skies, goodbye” 😦

  2. 2 baruk
    March 23, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    …hopefully the earth will shake us humans off before we do too much damage to the biosphere, and the great cycles will continue…

  3. 3 NotGood
    March 23, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    @Shuali: I’ve made the correction. I was in a hurry when I published it, guess I forgot to triple-check the Preview.
    About the TUT poisoning, I wouldn’t exactly say we are stupid. I think rather we are just too smart for our own good. We simply don’t care, and that is worse, dangerous and more damaging than being stupid. A stupid person does something cos’ he doesn’t know better, yet we do things cos’ we just don’t like to think about what would occur after because we know it so well.
    And if you want to see what “Goodbye, blue skies, goodbye” – scenario would look like, watch “The Road”, a movie dealing with post-apocalyptic earth, its horrifyingly real, not because of the special effects, but the story.

    @Baruk: For the sake of the other living creatures we share the Earth with, I hope so too. The earth has all the time to rejunvenate itself, even after a nuclear war, be it hundreds or thousands of years, and new species will arise and the circle of life will begin again. But I guess the human specie was never meant to last that long. We are the Dinosaurs of our era, soon to be extinct.

  4. April 5, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    install trashcans in every corner of each city, instead of hoarding boards urging people to “THINK”… Amen

    loved Jarhead.
    apocalyptic.. imagine.. if something like what happened in Pandora [Avatar] happened..

  5. 5 keimah
    April 6, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    “I’ve searched for dustbins so many times in vain, while out in the city streets holding stuff I need to dispose”. Had similar experiences a number of times.

    Good post!

  6. 6 NotGood
    April 10, 2010 at 3:38 am

    @Blind: Speaking of Pandora, you’d better watch PANDORUM. Creepy, yet believably real. No one knows how long we humans have left on this earth, we will be eradicated soon, to give live to a new breed of life. We are the Dinosaurs of our era, smart predators, yet destructive, all the same.

    @Keimah: Thanks for the compliment. I guess cleanliness starts from the home. It’s something we all need to learn to teach. Thanks for stooping by! Come again!

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