A lot of speculation over time as to what exactly fueled the collapse of the Mayan civilization, the latest as can be seen in the below provided link seems the most coherent to me.
In saying the latest I should qualify that by pointing out it isn’t all that new.
Deforestation is listed as a major contributing factor-and there are lessons to be taken to heart in that with the deforestation that is taking place in the Amazon and globally.
The global mindset has been one of “dominion” over all things-it is a basic tenet espoused in the Christian bible-but routinely practiced by others regardless of their religious beliefs.
I’ve always been a little confused by this dominion ethic when the same book says to be good stewards-I would think that would imply stewardship of the environment as well.
Humanity has for the most part lived as though resources are infinite in nature-inexhaustible-it has been a prescription for disaster, and despite a growing awareness of this not enough is changing.
Globalism, greed, the principles of the acquisition of wealth and power remain unabated.
Words have a cachet to them-some more than others, as in “green”. A word on everyone’s lips whose contextual meaning is understood by one and all.
Anything that gains popularity inevitably is a seen as an opportunity that produces a new market and new products.
In some ways these markets are like a pyramid scheme in that those who get in on the ground floor are assured of making the most money- a reality that has little to do with saving the planet.
I know some people who had a solar array installed on the roof of their home- sixty thousand dollars-that requires a lot of years to amortize as a result of lowering their energy consumption and monthly bill.
Ultimately it is about more than that though-and it is because of that green alternatives should be readily affordable to all-that flies in the face of profits though.
Ethanol has been nothing less than a fiasco requiring what amounts to subsidizing it’s production and ultimately requiring more energy to produce than it can deliver.
This isn’t an obscure fact but one well known-yet it has been promoted under the guise of “alternative”. If it could be produced more economically and less energy intensively then costing more at the pump would be acceptable, but when factoring in all things ethanol is difficult to make a case for.
What we need to understand are a couple of things-as alternative sources increase the cost will escalate to some point where it will either remain fixed for a period and then hopefully competition will drive the price down somewhat, or the more likely scenario will steady and deliberate increases.
An example of this is the “organic” awareness-anything with the label is double or more the price to purchase and effectively places it out of the reach of many-of children and elders whose diet is predicated on a fixed minimalist income.
Secondly, utility and any energy suppliers will undoubtedly lobby for and receive some form of legislation either on the local or national level that will allow them to maintain their profit margin.
That could be accomplished by increased taxes, taxing applications like solar panels-or even a fee for not using the utility companies product to a degree that satisfies them.
Any who think such a statement is outlandish should ask themselves if they really believe profit takers are content with any reduction?
The approach now should be to fend off any such future possibilities by actively advocating for legislation that will insure such things don’t occur- once the fox is the hen house it will be too late.
Some municipalities are already claiming they own the rain that falls-and it isn’t that big of a leap to make the same claim regarding sunlight and wind. Think about it-they already claim ownership of the airspace above the cities and the airwaves to broadcast.
We have transitioned out of the age of steel to the age of green-green as in money-those who have it want more.
We live in a time when “ownership” is an illusion-society essentially rents all things through payments and taxes-fail to pay either and they’ll quickly discover they didn’t really own it in the first place. The possibility exists that they could even be imprisoned for non payment.
Would you argue you own the furniture you have or the clothes you wear? Think again-the IRS has a history of taking EVERYTHING to settle a tax bill. Doubt that? Look on the net for examples.
Going green is the remedy for the current insanity-but it too will come with an equivalent cost and a predictable fight against corporations already firmly entrenched. They will attempt to own it just as they have the internet for example-with all of your favorite politicians doing what
they can to assist them via legislation.
Reducing one’s reliance and carbon footprint doesn’t occur overnight-it is a process that eventuates through incremental steps- and if people aren’t willing to now, then when? When the mere act of breathing becomes a struggle with associated risks-when resource wars and food shortages begin?
The price of food is predicted to escalate due to the drought that much of the nation has been experiencing-an indication that people often dangle by a thread due to their reliance on the public farm of the grocery store.
The price of oil is effected often times as the result of speculation and the most arcane of influences-yet the sales of gas guzzling behemoths like SUV’s is said to have increased-and I don’t really believe anyone needs a big 4×4 truck to drive around town in as some kind of male totem.
A practice has been to raise the price of something to such a point that people begin to mount an uproar and then “lower” it a level that remains higher than previously, and people are appeased-it is a market strategy.
I remember talking to an old man once who worked for years in a major supermarket chain-he told me there was a time when they would raise the price of various commodities immediately prior to a “sale”-then lower them a few cents from the elevated price, announce a big sale, and the public would flock to the stores.
Self reliance and independence are seen as a threat to the corporate money changers, so the approach is to target things like small and organic farms while rushing to include such descriptions as free range chickens, organic or pure this or that on their own products-their approach is two pronged like the supermarket sales mentioned above- to strike a blow against the competition and maximize profit at the same time.
Maybe we can’t expect anything better from “suppliers”, though one could surely argue we can-but what we can and must do is to expect something better from ourselves.
It isn’t about keeping up with the Joneses, fashion, or the latest tech toys, it’s about staying in step with reality and responding accordingly. It’s about understanding there is one earth and one environment-and no one has the right to befoul or destroy either.