Currently, the world is in a state. It’s been getting into a worse and worse state and the evidence dates back to the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. We’ve known that Human intervention has been fucking with our own ability to breathe, breed, grow things, and otherwise just freaking live for well over a century. Yet there is an equally vociferous crowd repeatedly telling us this evidence in mountain format isn’t worth paying attention to.
Why? Well it isn’t profitable to do anything environmentally sensible.
The bible was right about the love of money being the root of all evil. People who care more about cash in hand than their fellow humans are inevitably going to chose economy over humanity. They’ll justify it with the Deserving Myth [another topic for another time] or by classifying the needy as somehow less than human… and sail on in a cloud of wilful ignorance whilst remaining in their ivory towers.
Were I writing a dystopian nightmare world, the allegory here would be the wealthy living in literal ivory mansions paved with tiles made from the bones from the poor, whilst the cast of actual heroes lived off the literal garbage piles that the wealthy were generating whilst simultaneously blaming the poorest of the poor for all the waste. Which would be thrown out immediately for being too heavy-handed.
Nevermind that we already have billionaires attempting to future-proof themselves by building bunkers in New Zealand and more than one is looking seriously at a modern version of immortality via vampirism. There’s actual funding for an actual project to use the blood of the young and poor to create an elixir of youth for the wealthy. Don’t pay attention to that, nor that some CEO’s would rather their employees wet themselves than waste company time in the loo…
Don’t worry about any of that. Have you seen the new reality show? Things are great…
There are, as I write this, ready resources to swap the entire world over to free alternative energies, give necessary medicine to everyone who needs it, house the homeless, heal the sick, feed the hungry, and likely cure a dozen deadly diseases. Alas… all those resources are in the hands of people who don’t share.
Elon Musk has a plan to colonise Mars. Yay for him. What about his plan to clean up the assorted messes here on Earth? Where are those plans?
Jeff Bezos has a plan to get his finger in every business pie so he can run a delivery monopoly across the globe. Not going to do him much good when the globe is drowning in assorted effluvium.
There needs to be a way to explain to these folks that fixing the Earth is in their best interests. Using small words. Stuff like, “people who live longer buy more” and, “people who are paid a thriving wage will have more money to spend with”.
It’s not about whether people deserve it. It’s that we need to be doing it. Fixing the world by small degrees or large. Making this about enlightened self interest seems to be the only way to do it.
If you’re buying bunkers in New Zealand, you’re doing it wrong. Thinking too small. Saving 300 people or so from an apocalypse won’t do a bloody thing. Even a dullard like me can see that.
…but nobody listens to me.