a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.
We live in a catch 22 world, that is, we reduce pollution on the vehicles we drive, but on the other hand we sell and introduce more vehicles on the market. We want less pollution but we price the pollution reducing technology out of the reach of most buyers. The government introduces carbon tax but how will that help me reduce my carbon footprint, I still heat my home, I still have to drive (country living) and I refuse to stop eating, yes the food producers, the truck driver and the market are infused with this carbon tax and low and behold we the consumers are paying for it. (a little secret, corporations don’t pay tax, it is passed on to consumers, something the governments have failed to realize). If the manufacturers become uncompetitive they move their operation to other countries where standards are lacks, to put it mildly. China and other countries have very little or no pollution standards to talk about and labour is cheap and undisruptive(no strikes). I have reduced as much as I can and I am still looking for ways to do so, I have spent a small fortune on new LED bulbs so I can save on electricity but low and behold I will probably never recoup the cost of the bulbs. They want us to reduce our use of electricity and then raise the price because we did not use enough to pay the utility’s expenses (Ontario, maybe they should reduce their expenses). We are buying our way to clean air, or so we think. As I say Catch 22.
I realize we have to do something to help in slowing the accelerated heating of this planet. When does profit and greed stop and true concerns for the problem begin. Maybe we should stop cutting the oxygen releasing trees, making way for an extra 10 to 50 acres of cash crops. Stop purchasing from countries that are heavily polluting the environment encouraging them to continue to produce cheap products and disregarding the signs of the times not to mention the poor and in some instance lack of any labor laws. I remember China having to shut down cities because the SMOG was so heavy, it was hazardous to human health. All this, to what end so large corporations can raise their bottom line, more profit, totally unaware of the conditions the products are being produced in or so they claim. We have large conglomerates own by foreign interest, banks and large corporations so proud to proclaim BILLIONS in profit and we are giving them those profits.
But here is where I believe the problem lies, WE want low cost products and an abundance of choice. WE want fresh fruits and vegetable from across the world, year long, maybe if we bought local and in season it would be an incentive to local farmers. WE want to get to our destination in the fastest and most comfortable and convenient way. And the list goes on and on. We tend to close our eyes as long as WE get what WE want, when WE want it. WE want convenience.
But we complain about the flooding, the intensifying storms, the ever changing weather patterns, and we leave it to our government and other governments to fix the problems. So they fly in from around the world, in private jets adding to the problem, meet and talk about all the devastation and put a cost on it, and decide on the next time to meet and fly home in those private jets, adding to the problem. They set limits to be reached in 20 years, needless to say these governments will most probably be totally changed and some may have changed their philosophy on pollution, so we the people who elect the governments, in a way are passing it on to the next generation, our sons and daughters. Each elected body does the minimum to make things look good at home and to the world, and no elected government wants to rock the political vote. And for now we will do the same thing over and over again and we expect a different result. (check out the definition of insanity)
Gen2:15 ‘ The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.’
Have we taken care of it? OR have we crossed the line of no return?
For what it’s worth!