We live in interesting times. Sometimes moving in two or three directions at once. Case in point, we have a movement trying to eliminate bottled water and disposable cups, yet the coffee industry in their desire to give us convenience are producing millions of coffee pods that cannot be recycled.
The world is moving towards solar energy but we are building a colossal dam. The cost of electricity from hydro installations is rising, while the cost of solar installations is dropping. More and more people will opt for solar as it becomes reasonable, so who will pay for the dam?
Environmentalists would like to see us in electric cars and moving away from fossil fuels. There is however, no discussion on the effect on the environment of increased mining of manganese, cobalt and nickel and the production facilities required to produce the batteries.
The elimination of oil as a fuel will certainly aid in curbing some of the pollution in the world but it will by no means eliminate the need for oil as it is used in the manufacture of the majority of things used in our homes. Also, I think we are a few years away from an electric 747. Aircraft are a huge consumer of fossil fuels.
We are inundated with plastic and have created industries to recycle the waste. Instead of putting the onus on distributors and manufacturers who overpackage their goods it falls on the consumer to deal with it.
Growing up we lived in primarily what would be called farmland. We never saw a deer. Why? Our dogs ran freely and kept the deer population away. We can’t have dogs running now, so the deer are safe in our communities and people do feed them. Try and keep anyone away from a free meal! Now people are upset because there are Cougars coming into the communities. Guess what? That is their free meal and its plentiful!
We are in an era where there is a push to move to organic foods. But the certification process for a producer is onerous and expensive and, as a result, is reflected in the price. Yet the producer who uses chemical controls and additives on what they produce does not have the same expenses. Seems a little backwards!
Every action has a reaction. Sometimes it is not the one we necessarily want.
Our actions and reactions need to be thought out carefully and thoroughly. None of these items are simple so there will be no simple solutions, and probably some will only be compromises.
Remember, minds are like parachutes, not very useful unless they are open.
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