As babies, people come as blank slates, they’re born and develop with curiosity. As we grow the world continues to grow bigger every year. Babies see things for the first time and they become inspired, playful! As curiosity grows new adventures give way to new beginnings! The babies born today have a new common responsibility. They’re born to help save the planet.
Save the planet for yourself
Of course, the path of life leads us to realize that power, knowledge and success rule! The world is our Oyster! We’re taught to strive to be productive, upstanding members of society!
We’re sent to school and told to be dependable, practical, and intellectual! We learn to become more civilized, sensible, logical, and of course responsible! Still, why do we come up short in the fight to save the planet?
After high school is over it’s then time for each person to find their own success and money. Yet, somehow what we’ve learned has no vision for a sustainable future. The respectful treatment of our environment is secondary to money.
I’ve identified how these seven character traits have let us down in the fight to save the world! An article which talks about fundamental social traits causing environmental problems today!
Why Civilized people haven’t saved the planet
Humanity is more sophisticated than ever. The developed world is culturally civilized and we’ve seen great technological advances. Gone are the days of wild Neanderthals, roaming in nomadic tribes. We’re no longer searching for food and tools for survival in the same manner.
Our self-made world of central air and heating has dulled the harsh weather extremes. We have many comforts available at our fingertips! We are more civilized because knowledge was passed down from generations. However, today’s structural order and organization has created our environmental problems Even Government, Religion, and basic organizational structure fail to address environmental issues effectively.
With continued social and technological advancements we’ve also created efficient energy consumption. But, our reliance on fossil fuels has continued local and widespread environmental disasters. Being civilized is not a character trait that has helped us save the planet!
Why Logical people haven’t saved the planet
Our environmental policy has to change. Is it logical to teach children the environment is an anomaly in economics? Afterall. the heart of the current economic system depends on environmental resources.
The health of the environment depends on a sustainable economic system. It’s a relationship where one system needs the other to survive, it’s a symbiotic relationship. So, changing needless spending is a pillar for the survival of our children’s future.
This matter is so important that influential minds attend Summits. Summits designed to change social policies. Unfortunately, the Copenhagen accord and the Paris agreement have not achieved good enough results. Yet, talks are still ongoing. Solving these problems is far from over and a solution seems far away.
Moreover, leaders can’t do this by themselves. They’re struggling to agree upon a universal solution that includes every country. Leaders need people to think about what they can do to help. Supply and demand’s rise due to an increase in population. With the rise in demand so do the levels of CO2. The most brilliant minds can’t solve the environmental issues we face today alone.
Why Dependable people won’t save the planet
There are dependable people all around us. We can count on them to be there for us! Yet, young children still need time to learn and practice this ability. Their focus is often distracted by grades, video games, sports, and friends! Our dependants need adults to be dependable and use creative ways to come up with a solution to save the planet.
However, distractions don’t go away and life remains busy. Time moves faster and our lives get a little crazier! For this reason, as parents, we don’t hold our own behavior accountable. It’s difficult to live as environmental stewards on a daily basis. We have lots of excuses that pardon us from living a sustainable life. With all these excuses the Earth cannot depend on us to save the planet.
Why Intellectual people haven’t saved the planet
As a matter of fact, Canadians have one of the best educational systems in the world. Therefore, being among the most educated in the world. Canadians should create an educational format that would develop an economic conservation system. This format would teach children early that Earth’s limited resources are not an anomaly.
The creation of programs that would include broad scope courses such as:
- Environmental Democracy,
- independent accountability mechanisms,
- human rights,
- climate finance
- defending the defenders.
All these courses should be used as a tool to stimulate change and a new economy. Furthermore, learning about Nature and Recycling is no longer enough! It’s difficult to believe that School Trustees are doing the best they can. After all, the school system still endorses a curriculum on virgin paper!
Why being Practical won’t save the planet
At the moment, we’re more concerned with the experience rather than the weight of our actions. The smallest acts like drinking a cup of coffee have no real significance. But, these compelling facts don’t cross the minds of those enjoying a good cup of JO!
For instance, it takes one hundred and forty liters of water to grow beans in a single cup of coffee. Plus, the production of coffee beans contributes to deforestation destroying habitats. This speeds up the extinction of animals in these regions. But for the majority, this kind of ideology in practical life isn’t convenient.
Also, images on television tell a story of our nature. Many photos and videos show catastrophic results caused by our actions. It’s our responsibility to be conservative and live a more sustainable life. Governments, Individuals, and corporations all have to work together.
Why Sensibility hasn’t saved the planet
Our sensible character traits give us a unique awareness of the feelings of those around us. Yet, our range of sensibility is not global. Those that suffer in broad distances don’t have our immediate attention. For this reason, sensibility falls short of being what we need. We don’t see the urgency to make a difference in the lives of strangers in far off lands.
The majority of Canadians don’t live in extreme poverty, filthy conditions, or environmental degradation. We see it but don’t know how it feels. We watch media stories reporting deforestation, piles of trash, air pollution, and contamination. But, it’s yet to give us a reason to change our shopping habits. Canadians believe their actions at the grocery store won’t help the lives of those living in poverty. We would rather hope someone else solves the problems for us.
How to be responsible
Each individual plays a role to create a greater social system. I pay bills on time, save a little money, and make sure my son is warm and fed. So shouldn’t I fall into the category of an upstanding responsible citizen? Not only is it not good enough anymore. It’s important to be responsible enough to make our carbon footprint smaller.
Now saving the planet is at the forefront of social media. Children are taking up the task to raise awareness around the world. They’ve told leaders to produce results, reduce carbon emissions, and stop talking and start doing.
To be responsible there has to be a system for accountability. Otherwise, we will continue buying and using single-use plastics. There is only one way to achieve greatness. We must practice one good deed a day and help reduce the global carbon footprint. In conclusion, let’s try to become responsible environmental stewards