Monday, March 14, 2016

With all due respect to Noam Chomsky...

Photo by Alonzo Lyons in northwest India.

With all due respect to Noam Chomsky on climate change, I reckon it ain’t up to any person, organization, government or coalition  to ‘save the planet’ so to speak (and truly might be a fool’s game to rely on phlegmatic government agents and agencies and political leaders and expect anything more than politicking and vested interests from them).

On the semi-bright side  -- the answer is up to the very people who can actually do something swiftly and make a real change of behavior with real-time results, i.e., you. It is up to each person to take individual responsibility for his or her part in the crisis and to curb his or her own desires and modify actions as needed. If we all do that then the ripple effect will be enormous and immediate as we administer a balm to the environment with resulting climate effects.

With that in mind, among leading causes of environmental degradation, including water depletion, deforestation, ocean dead zones, species extinction, and methane emissions and other flagrant harms are the meat and fish industries. Yet, rather than seeing the problem and the resource insanity lost to raising and producing meat and fish. Rather than acknowledging the resulting environmental devastation, people continue to patronize industries doing some of the greatest harm.

Knowing these major causes and modifying individual behavior to reverse the effect of these causes seems straightforward. Instead, the notorious naked ape is increasing rather than decreasing consumption of animals and animal products…go figure that behavior out and perhaps figure out along with it the balm for climate change...and perhaps even an answer to other human conflicts and dilemmas.

In other words, why are intelligent people relying too much on lame authority to dictate an unlikely solution to climate change when each individual can clearly and presently do something (e.g., reduce meat and fish consumption) to effect change in their own lives and thereby the world around them.

The revolution, if there is to be one, must start with oneself, otherwise, mandates, criticisms and condemnations emanating from anyone or any ruling body will smack of hypocrisy if the person/s promulgating them are not even doing their part. Now more than ever, the golden rule applies, 'do unto others as you would have done unto yourself'...If you believe in the necessity to tackle climate change, then start with yourself. Do not wait for any other person, government or outside force. After all, it is up to you and that might be good news because it means that something can be done--if you are willing to do it.

Related articles: Power of You

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