Environmental Compromises Extract a Long-Term Price Nobody – and no Thing – can Afford
Some individuals say that everything begins with the
environment. We can read any number of quotes proclaiming that very
thing. To many, those are just empty words.
But if we study ecological principles, that phrase, “it all
begins and ends with the environment,” rings true. It’s food
chains, energy chains. It’s also an interconnectedness that is
easily disconnected, breaking the circuits.
It’s difficult to sit back and see so many decisions being made
for the here-and-now, without much thought being given to the
future, even the next decade, even next year.
It’s almost as though we are drawing the money from our savings
accounts without any thought as to what is going to keep us alive
in later years. If we destroy a habitat, we’ve destroyed that part
of the environment. Or at least we’ve made it artificial.
Businesses seem to come first these days with the mistaken idea
that businesses and conservation can’t survive together. They can.
They have to. Neither can survive without the other.
Regulations and safeguards should not come last. Remember the
major oil leak? (That term, leak, seems too trivializing.)
Even compromise is no longer considered as an action. How many
decades or centuries will it be before the gulf environment is back
How much are some of the recent ecological disasters costing
just to get things back to where we were? Can we bring back an
Consider this: no more land is being created.
Because we go through these cycles of protection and destruction
on a regular basis, how about term limits? Let’s not think so much
about term limits for those who make environmental decisions; let’s
think more about shorter terms in public offices.