21 October 2005
don't they know, it's the end of the world?
Perhaps the lack of coverage and dialogue in the popular press regarding the environment perpetuates this mystification. Are people really informed as to the connection between global warming and these natural disasters?? I know that I know less than I should. The Bush administration has simply paid lip service to the crisis that we're in, and the American people are feebly asked to try to reduce consumption. That's BS to try to portray the dire situation our environment is in as solely the responsibility of consumers. Although every little bit counts, and American consumers certainly have a human, civic responsibility to the Earth and its inhabitants, perhaps our leaders should take a look at how sustainable development can be impelemented on a more systemic, institutional level. Getting the corporate behemoth to take accountability for their contributions to the environment would be a more productive step in putting off the day of Armageddon.
I also wonder what the role of privilege plays in our environmental predicament...the human race seems to have the ultimate privilege of going about our daily lives without concern for how our actions affect the environment. However, like other situations of exploitation, all people will suffer in the end.
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