Bingo. Pass Go and collect $200. You just won at both games.
I agree entirely. No one wants to really hurt the planet (I think) but temporarily hurting it for the sake of greed is acceptable, because most people don't follow through the consequences of their actions. They only see the opportunity of "now" and therefore seize it.
Individuals can do very little alone, but millions of individuals -- including capitalists- can do a lot by using less plasic, recycling, etc.
I am glad to see that some large, capitalistic companies are starting to appeal to their customers by using greener methods of producing, packaging and processing their products.
I am ALL in favor of using very minimal processed food and other products, but the only way that less fuel will be used (and less trash produced)-- is to get big capitalist business behind those concepts. Let them know you support them when they are making good choices.
I'm not at all against capitalism-- but I am for influencing the big capitalists to realize that people support any efforts to stop trash and pollution.
I cannot rest on 'influence' alone, not while conservative politicians influence the political outcomes to retard the efforts to address the state of the planet.
I think too many people deny the situation and for me that simply perpetuates the problem. And the passing on of production costs associated with clean technology simply shifts the burden of responsibility.
With extreme overpopulation and degradation of the biosphere, I cannot see how we can continue the exploitation of the planet according to an economic system designed for a social reality that no longer exists....
I think that if you asked pretty much anyone if they wanted to help the planet, they would say "yes." The real question should be "what would you sacrifice in the way of time, money, convenience, etc. in order to help the planet?"
Probably not enough right now. This planet will be saved when (or if) it becomes profitable to do things that help the planet. Right now most people see helping the planet as a sacrifice of their money or free time.
I think what people want is to survive. We aren't any different than any of the other animals that share our world, except we have the ability to recognize our impact and to feel empathy for the less fortunate. The bottom line is we're still driven by the same biology, survival and propagating our species. In those pursuits we tend not to focus on mankind in general so there isn't a conscious effort to do harm to the planet but to obtain great wealth in order to attract the most desirable mates is of primary importance.
Burger: Pls tell me how man can "hurt" the planet? The earth has experienced far greater catastrophes than man could dream of creating, and she's still here and doing well. She'll be here long after we humans have bitten the dust. I said once that you asked a "silly" question. You have just asked another one. I'm just being "candidly" honest. Being "politically correct," is not my bag....:-)
But I think, from reading what other people post, that my question is not 'silly'... And, if you look through the other thread where indeed you make your comment that I ask a 'silly question' you will also find a great deal of discussion around my 'silly question'.
And within those discussion you find that another hubber insisted that I should ask this question of myself. So here I am asking the question in the public domain.
One hubber's 'silly question' is another hubber's thread
I doubt there are many people that want to hurt the planet just most people are selfish and greedy and we would not spend a lot more if something was green - including me! However if something is free and helps like recycling I try and do that!
Like a politician? Seems like you poke your nose where it doesn't belong, and try to stir things up pot. I haven't twisted anyone's words, and if you can't tell from my original comment that it was a joke that's not my fault. Like I was trying to say. It was a pants shirt conversation, so put a sock in it. I hope you get that breath back, please don't waste it on me.