A Message About Human Effects on the Earth.

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I have just watched this video (click on the link to view) and decided to share it with you all.

I have been thinking things along these lines for a long time now. We have treated our planet very badly since the Industrial Revolution, exploiting its riches for financial gain.

For thousands of years, people worked with the natural world. They might not have had loads of concrete goods, but they respected nature. Animals were not considered to be something inferior to be exploited, or destroyed if they came into conflict with us. Nor considered expendable if we needed their land.

The message given in the Old Testament from the story of the Creation has helped to create this situation. There, we are told that humanity was given dominion over the other animals. This has led us to believe that we are something other than those animals; separate and special.

We are NOT.

The way we are going on, and exploiting everything on the planet, will bring about not only the demise of other living things, but also our own. Yes, Climate Change is something we need to sort out. It is dangerous to life on the planet, but it’s not the only thing. The entire way we live is the danger, and I don’t see how we can sort that.

The only way is to change our whole idea of economics. Can you see that happening? I can’t.

Please type your thoughts in the comments box. It will give me great pleasure to hear what you have to say.


5 thoughts on “A Message About Human Effects on the Earth.”

  1. You and I are on the same page, Viv. It’s remarkable to me that humans believe they can survive on a dead planet. The depth of denial is simply mind-boggling. I completely agree that the response has to be a revisioning of economics and what it means to be wealthy. If only we believed that the person with the most trees and bees (versus their own personal rocket ship) was the wealthiest in the world. Great share.

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  2. I agree. I’m 95% convinced we have affected the climate, but there have been periods of extreme climate before humanity came on the scene. Life will adapt, but we still have responsibility to improve the enviroment, not destroy it as we obviously have!
    I love animals, maybe more than most people, so I agree we should respect and protect all life on Earth. It is my understanding that the statement from the Bible has been misinterpreted because the original meaning (as explained by Biblical scholars) means that we have a serious responsibility for other forms of life and not only for exploitation. The wisdom of that is obvious as we observe what is happening to all life forms and we better get serious about our responsibility or we’ll die leaving only the cockroaches, crows, coyotes, and weeds to have dominion (in the true sense of that word)!

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  3. These concerns were brought forward frequently, in great detail, and in very public ways (e.g. Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”) 50+ years ago and my generation has done little of significance to alter our future; especially evil was a member of the Silent Generation, Milton Friedman, whose NYT op ed in 1970 set the tenor for the past 50 years of business: “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits.”

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  4. ❤ Change will happen – but not at the pace we would like it to or that would be beneficial. Ideas are like forests. Writers spread the seeds but not all take root. Those that do take root take time to grow to maturity. So, change will happen but probably not in my lifetime.

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