With recent environmental campaigns and protests forcing climate change into the mainstream media and making politicians and large companies finally, acknowledge some responsibility, I think it is only respectable that we are honest about what we want. We do not want to save the planet; we want to save what and who is on it. In truth, if we wanted to save the planet then we would continue on doing exactly as we already have been for decades: drilling for oil, burning fossil fuels, eating meat and consume consuming.
That way, the humans would over-breed, flood, overcrowd, get an illness, get diseases to starve, hog, make war, escalate and self-destruct. 50 years after, the planet would flourish. Nature has a way of creeping in and fighting back. Flowers grow in the cracks of concrete and cities part over the movement and vibrations of the earth’s tectonic plates. We may battle amongst ourselves and wipe out innocent species as collateral damage, but we will never overcome the magnificence of Mother Nature. Equating attempts to save people with trying to Save The World is thereby factually wrong.
It is this kind of arrogance that will soon be fed back to us from planet Earth with the humble pie of human extinction. What we are campaigning for then, is not actually for this big rock that mercifully tolerates us calling it “home”, but for our own existence. You, your mum, your dog, your friends – your friends overseas and the friends we want our children to someday have: these are the ones in need of saving. So, let’s not distract the selfish with the reality of the situation. We as campaigning environmentalists will no longer be dismissed as tree-hugging hippies or simply “big animal lovers”.
Things Need To Change
Drastic changes need to occur for the survival of the human race. If the opposition can accept that, then maybe we can work on persuading them to let our furry, crawly and scaled friends sticking around for a bit longer too. The planet doesn’t need us; it never did. Author Beck Dawson