We’ve come to dominate this planet. Our species numbers almost eight billion in number. 8 BILLION. I can’t wrap my mind around it. Our takeover has seen us wipe out countless species of our animal cousins, while destroying much of our planetary ecosystem. How much more can we take? How much more can we demolish? How much time do we have left?
Our economies thrive, while our ecosystems languish. We spend far more money on defense spending than we do on conservation efforts. We have made a mess of our atmosphere, our oceans, and our forests. Plastic floods our waters while chainsaws mow down our rain forests. All in the name of “progress.”
The developed world lives in the most comfortable time period in human history. Technology has allowed us to attain an unbelievable level of connectivity, freedom, and comfort. We have running water, affordable heating and air conditioning, affordable transportation, and wireless internet available conveniently. But have we truly harnessed this technology for the greater good?
Some may say so. Others may not. We have bought comfort at the expense of mother nature. Commercial farming, commercial fishing, and robotics have turned a cooperation into a conglomeration. It is a closed system in which the “family farm” is dying off as fast as cities are spreading out. The suburban sprawl is becoming more and more like the extension of city life. Will our rural and suburban areas cease to exist? How much larger can our population possibly become?
I don’t have the answers to these questions. I just know that the system is broken and drastic changes need to be made. What can we do? We can start by using as little as possible and inspiring others to do the same. We can reuse and recycle as much as possible. We can grow fruits and vegetables at home if possible. I know it doesn’t seem like much, but if the majority of people are doing it, it can have a massive impact on the status of our planet.