BY URVIL JAMES VILLARUEL
September 19, 2015, Toronto, ON – As byproducts of the industrial revolution, how can we ever commit to green-energy when everything that we do and continue to do is centered around the production and utilization of non-renewable resources?
Even in situations where “going-green” is the affable alternative, we are still caught in the paradox of utilizing non-renewable resources in order to erect and sustain these renewable sources of energy. Take for example windmills. An altruistic endeavor aimed at promoting a healthy planetary ecosystem, sure; however, what colour is the windmill? How did you drive the parts over in order to construct it? Were there any plastic pieces utilized during its construction? No? Then how about the rain boots that your manager wore in order to keep his feet dry?
By taking the analytical approach, we can see that no matter how far down we decide to reconstruct our culture, unless we are fully willing to put forth a drastic change with drastic consequences, we will forever be caught in the spin cycle of non-renewable energy. It’s just how our entire civilization has evolved in order to get to where we are today.
Slowing down – not stopping – seems to be our only viable solution, as, if we are truly committed to making a serious change in this world, we must first ask ourselves: at what cost? Are we really ready and willing to give up our iPhones, internet, tea cups, oil paintings, fashion accessories, speaker systems, etc. cold turkey, just to ‘save our species’?
Though, from where I’m sitting, it kind of looks like slowing down may not be enough and quitting cold turkey seems a bit too unfavorable for the commonly complacent.
[photos via Google.]