Saturday, October 23, 2004

I've Heard of Environmental Contempt, But...

If you check the above link, you'll find that the article in question is really not all that much. It's short and to the point. That point is, I think, significant, definitely worth bearing in mind, but it's really not all that new. Definitely nothing to rate as "breaking news" or of "earth-shattering importance" (no pun intended).

With that in mind, it kind of makes me wonder why somebody saw fit to post it on Fark, or why Fark even bothered green-lighting it. However, what I really have to wonder is why the guy that posted it offered the following description:

Environmental group: "Blah blah blah, Earth in danger, blah blah, destruction of natural habitats, blah blah, fossil fuels, blah blah blah, humans to blame, blah blah blah..."

That's pretty callous. It's obvious that the guy posted this not-so-significant link for the sole purpose of insulting people that have any concern about the environment, especially if they attempt to use scientific study to back themselves up. And Fark saw fit to honor him...or at least humor him. Why did they even bother? What made them feel the need? Is environmental concern really so threatening?

This is no different from Rush Limbaugh's immediately dismissing as a "whacko" anyone that dares to mention that pollution is causing problems. The Japanese government, like Bush, inc., is filled with "former" company execs that always manage to swing their policies in such a way as to circumvent (or eliminate) environmental protection laws and favor the corporations, accusing anyone that blows the whistle as "standing in the way of economic development" or "costing people jobs". Every once in a while, the op-ed page in my newspaper carries a letter from a similarly disgruntled conservative complaining that there is "still no proof of global warming", offering one day's cold temperatures as "proof".

As I sit here writing this, there are buildings not far away that have been damaged and low-lying areas that are still flooded as the result of our already having been hit by nearly double the previous record number of typhoons thanks to a freak storm system created by unusually high ocean temperatures. Now they are saying that they've discovered another effect of those typhoons: they suck up all the airborne pollutants in their vicinity, concentrate them, and dump them as extra-concentrated acid rain, meaning all those forests on the Japan Alps hit by those tropical deluges could be turning yellow soon. Fishermen are persistently bringing in record low catches due to both that same ocean warming, increased pollution in the ocean, and simple overfishing. Only now is the government offering reparations to people suffering from birth defects resulting from industrial pollution that occurred decades ago and still has yet to be cleaned up. Yesterday's newspaper carried a story of the discovery of yet another illegal toxic waste dumpsite that was long known about and ignored by the greasy-palmed local town administration. The list goes on and on, and that moron on Fark sees fit to sum it all up as "blah, blah, blah, blah..."

"Blah, blah, blah," indeed.

We only have one Earth, people. It is not a disposable convenience. You may not want to bother listening to that, but the fact remains: once we've screwed up our world, it's screwed up for good. We really have to ask ourselves if it's really worth it wreck our home for the sake of a profit margin. If you want to dismiss me by saying, "blah, blah, blah," and get back to your complacent, consumerist fantasy, well, fine, but do me a favor and do so while dumping all your garbage in your own backyard and your own water supply and see how you like it.

5 comments:

Don Snabulus said...

I have an Earth in another dimension that hasn't been exploited and is well taken care of. If things get too bad here, I am going there and destroying the portal between dimensions.

ElTigris said...

(Note there is a lot of sarcasm and tongue in cheekism in the next following paragraph)

I the industrialist ...that cares not for the rest of you ..will live in my little domed paradises or on some satellite moon with its indigineous biosphere that is clean and beautiful and paradise, where I am pampered with the best money can by ... and the best life prolonging drugs only available to ME and my kind. Meanwhile I am ringed with my loyal guard army of andriods that have orders to kill anything that moves towards my dwelling. The rest of you that I have used to create my utopia and were stupid enough to buy into the crap that nothing bad will come of it will be living in a toxic hell...for as the bible says .. the meek shall inherit the earth (after I and my kind are done with it.) Matter of fact I will make sure I come by and dump garbage into your laps and laugh at you from on high just to remind you how much I despise poor people. My children with their peers will come down and shoot you for sport like animals on safari from their air yachts. Particularly sweet scorn will be leveled at those that supported us in our endeavors and we lovelingly gave the shaft to. Betrayal like revenge is a dish best served cold. Yess...I am better than the rest of you. Now shut up and let me loot you into the grave.

(end of sarcastic cynical tongue in cheek acting of a high ranking industrial robber baron ...and... Carnegie was a pansie ..he didnt keep all his millions to himself like JP Morgan who believed in child labor)

ElTigris said...

Anybody that doesnt believe such comtempt is possible should read up on how the landed royalty abused its peasants and moneyed freeman in medieval and dark ages europe, particularly why lots of french noblility lost their heads in the french revolution.

ladybug said...

Yup a doodle, it's official, we're all going to hell in the proverbial hand basket as they say. Some will just be going in a fashionable Pottery Barn linen-lined basket, and some will get the pink plastic long handled one left over from Easter. I'm opting out, I won't get in any baskets, hampers, or any other hellbound conveyance!

The Moody Minstrel said...

Better than going to hell in a shopping cart basket, I suppose.