Can working WITH nature,help towards solving our planetary crisis?
Nature versus greed
Cooperating with nature through conservation efforts and sustainable practices certainly doesn't hurt. We in the West have had a Man vs Nature attitude for way too long. It's high time we--both as individuals and as a society--recognize we are nature as much as anything else. If climate change is teaching us anything, it is emphasizing "It's not nice to fool with Mother Nature!"
It depends what you mean by nature and working. There are projects worldwide both ecological and sociological that have sustainability at the heart, but these are very small green seeds compared to the sea of pollution and profiteering that deepens around them.
If more profits were by law ploughed back into green energy and ideas then this would be a good step. Capitalism encourages greed and accumulation and profit for profit's sake mentality. There needs to be more balance in the nature v greed issue.
To be truly sustainable business and industry along with governments have to work hand in hand. At the moment this isn't happening. One example of a major setback towards sustainability was the US failing to sign the Kyoto agreement on emissions and greenhouse gas reduction. It probably won't happen under the Obama regime.
Europe is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions but progress is slow. We need a new economics to take root, a philosophy of nature before profit and exploitation, but massive mind change is needed. Meanwhile Mother Nature will respond as she always has when threatened by man. Climate change looks as if it's here to stay unless we can come up with a solution that's sustainable and put into operation asap.
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