Thoughts on Business, Environmental Degradation, Politics and Governmental Policy.
James Paul Zaworski
I’ve had it! Just look outside my window! This is the result of profit, driven by greed and the bottom line in business! There is no justice in the world, and the rich get richer and the poor get poorer; in other words, the world’s environment has been under attack because rich business people, driving the politics of governments across the globe, have not only cut down trees, but also altered the very air we breathe by burning coal, oil and natural gas on levels unprecedented in human history! I am not arguing about global warming here; I am arguing about pollution of the air and the water in the name of economic development!
I think that the business interests in the world are now directing, and shaping, the policies of governments globally. They are doing so in terms of policy. The policies that governments are making are based now on the focus of economic policies, but in a way much more focused than ever before. Sure, historically and geopolitically, this has always been the case, but this time the impact of these policies are more focused and have a profound impact on the air and water on which all of us rely.
Sir David Attenborough and myself are in agreement: humans are doing things to the environment that are impacting our lives, and the lives of all living things, in a drastic and terrible way. (http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/humans-are-a-plague-on-earth-sir-david-attenborough-warns-that-negative-effects-of-population-growth-will-come-home-to-roost-8461570.html)
I have, in my time, publicly and privately planted about 15,000 trees and plants in my lifetime. I have done this because I believe, as my father raised me to understand, that trees, indeed plants themselves, are the lungs of world. They, even weeds, give us the clean air that we breathe, and clean this very air as well.
However, my carbon footprint is large, but at least I have taken steps to try to limit it and to remedy it in my life. I have planted trees, given money to organizations such as the Nature Conservancy to preserve land; volunteered to plant trees (The Lower Cache River Restoration, for example), and for the United States Forest Service (Shawnee National Forest), as well as planting about 1,500 trees on my father’s land (two-thirds were grown by my brother for the purpose of firewood and are now all gone), some two hundred on my former property (some of which remain), and for friends and former family. Some have been planted via the Arbor Day Foundation donations, and more have been planted (about 100) via The Nature Conservancy’s “Plant a Billion Trees” movement. (http://www.plantabillion.org/)
I think that it will take a kind of popular movement again to move government again to move away from the power and influence of business, which is swaying policy. The
Earth Day movement, and the whole conservation movement, is a very good example. It was a time for the Clean Air Act, The Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act. All were passed under the Nixon Administration. Things were cleaned up in the United States. Progressive and democratic grass roots movements really worked in those days.
Today, it's a different story: outsourcing jobs to make more money and to avoid these regulations, polluting the world ten fold and destroying the global environment. How clever!
Well, it is time to revive this sort of environmental, grass roots movement into action. I hereby call upon all citizens of this planet to wake up! Stop making babies, stop putting business and riches and money ahead of the good of your children. Stop supporting companies and governments who destroy the environment on which we live and depend.
The agreements of the last decade (or eleven years), of the 20th century have led us into this conundrum, and the previous two decades were actually much better in terms of the environment.
Business is now controlling our governments, and it is time for the citizens of each country to do everything we can to be responsible citizens to counter this movement: don’t do business with businesses that hurt the environment, talk to your government representatives, and protest in any way you may. Boycott products, companies, and do everything you can to make a difference. Try not to have more than one or two children, turn off your lights, and plant a tree. Do something. Walk to work or take a bus. Don’t buy something made in a country that uses coal as its main energy source. Don’t buy something from a country that cares more about economic development than the environment and the safety and health of its own people.
Put these jerks out of work and let’s find our own voice, our own movement.
I’ve nearly given up on this, but today’s pollution here where I live and work is completely intolerable for me.
I want to return to the United States of America to breathe some clean air and to spread the word there. But no one will listen.
Businesses are giving us the economic crisis and unemployment which perpetuates the system they have created: outsource jobs to countries where human rights mean nothing, and where environmental protections mean nothing, leaving our citizens with no choice but to buy products from these places which cause this environmental destruction which is economically feasible and viable, making it worse and worse in terms of unemployment for Americans who must, as a result, buy cheaper products which will result in more and more of the same.
The cycle has to stop.
Let’s do it. Let’s stop this bullshit.
Tighten your belts and say no to business and to government representatives who do this kind of business, as it is self-serving to them and does us no good. Business people have created a whole system by which they not only get richer, but they keep us poor and they destroy our environment into a Blade-runner type of world.
Believe me, I’ve seen it out my window.
--James Paul Zaworski