Planned, written and edited in thirty five minutes using the following quotes as inspiration: 1. I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
2. Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative.
3. One cannot fix one's eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fancy.
3. It's amazing how quickly nature consumes human places after we turn our backs on them. Life is a hungry thing.
4. A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with.
We humans seem to hate the one and only planet that we call home. For centuries we have neglected the environment and taken from nature leaving behind only death and destruction in our wake. As someone who was born in the early nineties, I have certainly been no stranger to the global movement to recognise climate change and our ever depleting hour glass of opportunity to right our wrongs. I do not however think that we as a species will ever be able to reverse the damage we have and are continuing to do to our planet.
The first time I truly considered climate change as something that would have a direct effect on myself was sometime around the year 2004, courtesy of the film The Day After Tomorrow. This disaster film detailed a global environmental crisis and the characters' trials and tribulations as they fight for survival in this new post apocalyptic world. The movie was absolutely alarmist in its message, making my juvenile mind think that the world could snap into a permafrost at barely a moments notice, as though the earth would be placed in an absurdly large cryogenic freezer. Nevertheless, the message stuck with me, and I found myself beginning to worry about the potentially fleeting status of the current world I knew and loved. I asked myself why didn’t people start doing something about this ten years ago?
Of course no spontaneous global catastrophe has yet to happen, thus far. There has been change though. Insidious deviations from means, new high temperatures, new lows, a subtle change in the environment. It certainly represents a degree of confirmation bias, but I don’t remember butterflies being so scarce when I was younger. And now, as I am well into the age where my voice and vote can impact the course of local environmental policy, I am still yet to see any significant change in the world and our relationship with nature.
It was saddening for me to realise recently that I too had gotten caught up in the same rat race most others had in years gone by; I have been too concerned with my own welfare, unwilling to make the changes in my life that might one day affect a positive change on others. I think it seems so easy to question why things aren’t changing when you’re viewing the world through the naive innocence of youth. You grow up a little bit, see some of the world, understand the way things get done, and you begin to realise why there hasn’t been any change. It requires too much cooperation, a universal disregard for our own welfare, and a complete reliance on the plan set in place to reach the end goal. There is too much bureaucracy, greed and disagreement in the world for us to ever reach an understanding about climate change. Things are still too good for the people in power. People like myself that live a low to middle class lifestyle in a first world country. We represent a majority of the population yet we see that the people above, those of the “one percent”, aren’t interested in changing their ways to benefit everyone else. Why should we change if they don’t. Yet what is really going on is that in the grand scheme of things, across the globe, I am in that one percent. I have the ability to affect and change yet I am too focused on winning my own rat race.
At the end of the day, I believe the human species is destined to walk the path of global catastrophe. We are hardwired to survive, and unfortunately greed and disagreement are very powerful tools that help us satiate this desire to live. As long as there is global inequality, our children are destined to use the same epigenetically passed down skills of greed and disagreement to survive in whatever world they find themselves living in. With every subsequent generation the youth will be asking themselves, why wasn’t something done about this ten years ago?