This article is about the environment but shown from the perspective of the problems most of society faces day to day. The left side of the diagram shows the social structure of the world. The right side the world we are largely oblivious to, the environment. The following goes a little into why we are largely oblivious to climate change & the environment.
Who do you think makes the decisions for everything a society does? including the things that affect the environment. The names and faces have changed over years, but the poor regulations and decisions have remained. The answer is the select few YOU elected to run your country. This includes decisions on what corporation & institutions are able to do and not do where the environment is concerned. This includes rules and regulations around fishing, whaling, logging, fracking, use of toxic materials, use of plastics, use of materials by construction industry, the level of pollution measures to put in place, the use of land fill, cutting trees, the types of farming allowed and much more. The majority of the people just fall in line with whatever they decide and live their lives accordingly and the whole thing has been going around and around like this for decades. They created the mess for greed & power and we are the ones that have to make the big adjustments for the environment. The result of decades of poor decisions & poor regulations by these select few is what you are seeing today in the death of the planet.
The 2020 global pandemic unraveled of a lot about the way governments react to a global danger & emergency. Their actions in many cases were sudden & immediate. For example the world governments put restrictions on people & other countries very quickly. There needs to be a similar sudden & immediate action when tackling, Forest logging, Overfishing, Animal protection, Use of plastics and everything else that is destroying the environment. One example is, all countries could immediately stop accepting any product that was a result of forest destruction, stop it at the borders, send it back, hence eliminating demand for it and if there's no value to it, it will make a huge difference. Will they do it when there's billions in money to be made? of course NOT! It's all about money, greed & power. World renown scientists are talking about mass extinctions of many species and a huge amount of human casualties and displacement. We would say that's an emergency, that's a danger. but do you see governments taking immediate & sudden action because of this?
These are the words to describe the current social systems around the world, where the entire thing revolves around an unfair allocation of money, based on your family history, background, gender, and other factors.
At one end of the spectrum, the few (1%) can live life without the insecurities the lack of money brings. The other end of the spectrum, no home, little food & little hope. There are several paths in-between these; one for every social class.
Life Path One: (Good end of the spectrum)
- Born into wealthy family.
- You get the best environment to grow up in.
- You get the best education.
- You get the best jobs,
- You get the high priority medical treatment, the best that money can buy.
- You mix with people in similar circles.
- and the whole thing repeats itself.
Life Path Two: (Bad end of the spectrum)
- Born into a poor family.
- You get the worst environment to grow up in.
- You get the worst education.
- You get the worst jobs,
- You get the low priority medical treatment.
- You mix with people in similar circles.
- and the whole thing repeats itself.
Depending on where you fit in in the class system determines how much of a struggle your life will be financially and financial problems always lead to other problems.
The left side of the diagram doesn't of course include all the problems societies encounter, there are countless others including, racism & crime, the right side of the diagram does not include all the environmental problems, there are countless others including oil spills pollution & fracking.
The intention of the article is to highlight all the problems the majority of society faces, then it's not hard to see why very little consideration goes into focusing to save the environment.
People are constantly competing to outdo each other. Institutions and Corporations are also competing to outdo each other. Governments, News Media, TV shows & Advertising all put thoughts to that effect into peoples minds, and it goes around and around...own more, buy more, look better, earn more money, watch tv junk to stop you from thinking about the truth, be better educated, be better than other people, be safer, etc, etc, etc....
We hugely praise the efforts of Greta Thunberg to shine a light on the environment from a young persons perspective and also bring urgency to a disastrous situation to us and future generations. From the point of view of the left side of the diagram and the class system, she needed to be content with her own environment, and have a more comfortable life than others to even think about starting a campaign to save the environment. What do we mean by others? In comparison, a similar young person from a poorer background and poorer country would be either so embroiled in the disastrous effects climate change is causing or because they are faced with the problems of the social system; things like getting their next meal, getting new clothes, getting a safe home, escaping war and so on. What we are saying is people have to be happy & content in their own lives, before they start a cause to save the environment and that largely depends on where you fit in in the social system..
When the climate change disasters like huge forest fires & flooding hit people in the face and wipes away their entire life; only after they experience the effects of climate change first hand and they happen to survive and eventually get their lives back together, now those people have no doubt that the worlds environment is in a disastrous state that needs immediate action.
War & Colonialism over the centuries has decided the land divisions among human beings, some are still happening today because of territorial disputes, after centuries of settling land ownership between people, you then got the so called countries of the world, they have borders, both physical on land and virtual in seas and in the skies, everything with these borders is controlled by the governments of respective countries.
There are of course borders within borders, but we'll leave it at world country borders for the purposes of this article. Now that the countries have nice, clean bordered off areas after centuries of war, you get the divisions of people between different countries, one country trying to be better than the other. Most people within those countries have fallen into backing this ideology of one country having to be better in many ways than another country. (Nationalism)
Competition starts, I belong to this country, this is my land, this is our country, these are my people, our country does this better than your country, we stand behind this flag, we make better products, and governments strive and compete to make their country better than other countries and sometimes a group of countries get together to show one half of the world that they are better and more powerful than the other half of the world. In most countries the leaders are making decisions based on the select few you elected to run your country, big decisions are not made by every person that can vote. Which means with increasing urgency every year, where decisions about the environment are concerned, you have placed your complete trust in them to save our planet from irreversible environmental disaster. You voted them in, have your leaders doing enough?
If you take into account all of the things mentioned above when the annual environment meeting is held. The decisions that have to be made about the environment by our so called leaders, they are made with the primary thoughts of division, competition and power plays over other countries. Thoughts like "If I take this measure will it make my country less powerful, less competitive, and less propersous." A short thought interlude: "Who gives a _______ ____ just work together and save the planet for future generations".These are all the factors at play when world leaders are deciding to save the planet from environmental disasters. The conclusion is the wheels of power, greed and money will always take priority over 100% immediate global commitment from every country to just say this let all save the planet from climate disasters. Take a step back and look at the whole picture, all these divisions were created around the world, then the global environmental mess was created, and now they are trying to retrospectively get together as a one global entity to work together to "try" and solve a problem that affects the entire world.
When it comes to nature and climate change disasters all the divisions and borders mentioned do not matter to nature. When you're faced with pollution, wild fires, floods, drought, animal extinction, or any other types of catastrophes, it doesn't just stop at any sort of border or division made by humankind. We are either going to realize this before its too late or face more environmental disasters and suffer the consequences of irreversible effects of global environmental disasters. One thing will be certain it will be the problem for all of the world. Intelligent minds can create a medicines to protect you from a virus, but the irreversible effects of failing environmental systems no one will be able to solve this.
It's not their problem until, it becomes their problem.
Everything is connected, what happens in one part of the world affects the entire world.
At present the majority of the people's thoughts are not on climate change and the impact on the environment, for the vast majority their thoughts are on struggling and striving for the better lives for themselves, based on a poor social system revolving around money created by governments and has over the years created inequality and created classes. One solution out of the perpetual competition and money oriented society is proposed by Jacque Fresco and was highlighted in one of our articles, A New Way Of Living. The idea of a resourced based economy.
Take into account the paragraph above beginning with "Who do you think makes the decisions for everything a society does?" when reading the following, the word "we're" below largely refers to governments & big corporations..
There have always been natural disasters, but now we're creating our own disasters. Where possible do all you can to help save the environment. The UN Act Now Information
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