I think I have always been an environmentalist at heart. I have always cared about animals, picking up litter and keeping our Earth clean. I cringe when I see unnecessary destruction of our land and water. I just don’t understand how people can be so thoughtless and cruel. Call me a bleeding heart, but that is truly who I am at my core. So, today just after the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, I am writing to plead to you to help take care of Mother Earth’s health. Without her being healthy, NO ONE on Earth can be truly healthy.
As I have holed up trying to ride out this current “storm”, I have been looking for things to read and listen to. I ended up downloading an app on my phone for podcasts called Stitcher. As I looked through all of their offerings, I came across one done my Micheal Moore — the director and producer of films such as Fahrenheit 911, Roger and Me, and Sicko. While I am not a huge fan of his, I have enjoyed his films and learned a lot from watching them. His perspective is one that we often do not hear about if you are solely listening to the mass media on TV. Anyway, his latest podcast was about a film he produced called “Planet of the Humans.” As I listened to the podcast I began to feel dismayed and angry, but also appreciative that I now had a better understanding of the truth about environmental issues facing us today, and that we are going about solving them in the wrong ways. I immediately watched the documentary and felt I needed to share what I learned. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to watch for yourself (link below). It’s on YouTube and totally FREE.
I have no desire to give away all the information covered in the documentary, but here are my take aways:
All of the renewable energy sources we have been led to believe are saving our planet and reducing our need for fossil fuels are hurting the planet more than helping it. Have you heard of biomass — the great “saviour” of the environment that is supposed to reduce our reliance on coal? Well, from what I have learned, it makes coal look pretty good.
For the last 50 years, since the environmental movement began, we have been doing all the wrong things and our Earth has become more polluted, not less. Therefore, we have just wasted the last 50 years of the so called “environmental movement” making things worse.
Creating solar panels, wind energy turbines, and using biomass instead of coal has made our environment much worse and has depleted our natural resources so much more than what we were doing in the first place. All of the so called “green energy” solutions are not solutions at all because they all use massive amounts of fossil fuels to create and maintain them.
Most of the “environmental” groups are backed by billionaires whose sole purpose is to make more money, NOT to make the environment cleaner for everyone. If money can’t be made, it’s not important. They really don’t care about the environment, they care about their bank account. Therefore, these environmental solutions, which are causing more problems, are all caused by GREED.
The information in this video will never by promoted by the mass media — most of which are funded through ads by the very companies causing the problems. So, this information must be spread organically by friends sharing with friends.
All this information is very bleak, to be perfectly honest. But we have to keep hope alive or we have nothing positive to move toward. In these uncertain times, when we have been stuck at home, it is the perfect time to re-evaluate what is important in our lives. During this pandemic, I have heard people say that Mother Earth has sent us to our rooms for being bad. This really isn’t so far fetched when you really think about it. Maybe our Mother is sending us a strong message and we MUST LISTEN!
We haven’t been able (or willing) to get out and shop like we did before. Our consumerism has decreased significantly. As the world begins to open up and we get back to our regular routines, we need to think about whether mass consumerism truly brings us happiness. We haven’t been mass consumers for over a month now. Should we really go back to that? Or can we simply live with less?
While the truth is not easy to hear, and it can be quite uncomfortable for many, we have to ask ourselves: Can I live with less? Can less be the new more? Mass consumerism and overpopulation are the most basic underlying causes of the environmental problems we face. As consumers we have the power. We can send a strong message that we don’t need all this stuff. We can be happy with less. My life hasn’t changed that much without so much consumerism in my life. Is it the same for you? And I’m sure you’ve heard about how much cleaner the waters and air have become just after a few weeks of people slowing down and reducing their consumption which thereby reduces pollution. We can continue this trend IF we choose to do so.