A sustainable species?

Black and white globe in grass

We’re all monkeys. That’s my view on the subject.

We had a group of friends round the other night and a fairly heated debate ensued, focusing mainly on our species and its sustainability, or lack thereof. I’m in the camp of we’re just not clever enough as a species to fulfil the Brundlant Commission’s definition of Sustainable Development – “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. We’re just too selfish; I myself walk about the house turning off everything I can, not because I care about the environment, but because I want to save money. I do care about the environment, I really do, but if leaving all my lights on would save money, our house would resemble the aurora borealis.

We have truly amazing people that can invent anything, I have here in my hand a flat screen of glass that can tell me just about everything I would ever want to know, something which even 10 years ago was unconceivable.

And then we have politicians who half-heartedly campaign for the issue of the day, and what will ensure their next term in office, which as far as sustainability goes, is just crap. Faffing about with taxes on menial issues like how much vehicle excise duty on each type of car costs just isn’t going to fix the world.

Here’s what’s going to happen, we’ll use every drop of fossil fuel, and when it’s gone nuclear fission will coincidentally materialise and energy will be in complete abundance forevermore. The real issue is overpopulation and food and water supply. Considering the length our little rock has been spinning around in space, we’ve occupied a very small portion of its life, and we’re not likely to knock it out of existence. So as far as worrying about life as we know it, I’m not, I’m just enjoying the ride, dude.

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