The Big Question?
I have some questions about the big debate about climate change. This may sound ridiculous, but the whole world seems rushing in only one direction. My question about this is less about what are we going to do, or what people can do, or what our political system can do, but just to ask why has all this process of heating up our world been so easy? Hasn't it been much too easy? I mean too easy for the human race to fit right in, to conquer the natural world and use it in any way we wish? We are the Conquistadores! We have created an entirely new order of things and now call our time here the "Anthropocene". It's all ours! But hasn't been too easy for us to create an entirely new order and too easy for us to tear up, to cut down the forests and tear up the planet in search of metals and oil and other elements which make life so easy? Too easy -- so, what's up?
It seems that it is our pursuit of more and more "stuff", from 4-wheelers to beef and wild-caught salmon, as if we have the right to anything we can grab while we're here -- on this exceptional, beautiful, one-of-a-kind planet! We are the originators of smash-and-grab -- but why are we getting away with it? Maybe we aren't. Has it been too easy for a reason?
Deschenes / Aylmer