There is a tendency I think for the public in general to feel that as indigenous people we are basically, and perhaps blissfully disinterested and uniformed about global and environmental issues.
Some among us may be, but no more so than any other demographic I believe-and I think they, the general public, would be surprised at our awareness and concerns.
We do more than sweat, smudge, and don regalia for pow wow and ceremonies. More than post videos, drink, brawl, or lay around bemoaning our fate.
There was once a great harmonic balance between us and our surroundings-the land moved, breathed, and resonated, and we moved, breathed, and resonated with it.
An awareness, an attunement, though diminished that still exists-and so we are aware how industry and what has become the unrelenting predation of Capitalism has a strangle hold on the land and every form of life that exists-the very real threat.
I don’t care what form of governance one chooses to favor, at the core Capitalism rules, the taking of profit whether it is restricted to a few or not.
You can call it Capitalism, Socialism, Communism, or any other ism you choose but the fact remains- that leads me to the second part of what I would say:
Japan is going off the nuclear power grid-and to be congratulated for doing so.
If nuclear energy is a necessary alternative it seems the approach should be the development of Helium 3 type fusion reactors rather than fission. Lot of technical advances need to be made first though but it would be vastly cleaner. Also the supply of He3 is limited on the planet and a part of the discussion has been to acquire it from the moon-which isn’t going to set well with a lot of people.
The money isn’t there yet to encourage utilities to focus on green energy-and they won’t until it is-until every last dollar has been wrung from fossil fuels.
As is their way they want to be subsidized. Subsidized despite the obscene profits they make- which means the taxpayer ultimately pays for it. And always they cast themselves in the role of being friend to one and all-to exist for the welfare of others while they place the manacles around your hands and feet.
The problem with of lot of what is being offered as green are the costs associated with it-a profit taking on the appeal of it, with little thought given to resources that would be necessary.
Kind of like organic food-everyone should have affordable access to good, clean, nutritious food-but there is a cachet associated with anything “organic” just as it is with anything “green” that serves to drive the price up.
A possible solution? You have a yard-plant something- or join with others in a communal garden. Support farmers markets that don’t attempt to maximize their profit at the consumers expense and share the concerns you have-join or start a barter society.
An example are hybrid electric cars as they are currently being produced- it requires plugging them in to charge-which in turn increases the production and demand for electricity that in turn also requires
more “energy” resources.
I’ve often wondered what savings could be realized if all those flashing sign lights were required to be turned off at night after business hours-or all those well illuminated office buildings- I think it would be significant-but it translates to revenue so the utility companies are content to count their dividends rather than seek solutions.
There are a variety of steps people could take on their own to reduce their consumption-steps as simple as turning the light off when leaving a room-or unplugging all those chargers when they aren’t needed.
But modern humanity is a creature of dependency, with a profound sense of entitlement-a sense of entitlement that leads to a let the other guy do it attitude-or demanding government action while complaining about increased taxes that pay for such things.
It is a vicious circle controlled by industry and government-one way or the other you’re going to pay-the problem is no one is getting real value, or real representation for their dollar.
The wake up call is that the planets resources are finite in nature- they are not inexhaustible, and the pollutions and toxins released are the surcharge-a bill that is rapidly coming due.
There are only two options that I can see-either continue to gluttonously party like there is no tomorrow while we pay lip service to what will be left to our children or live in a more planet friendly way.
To do that would require taking on the establishment-another area where lip service and leave it to the other guy reigns supreme.
Here’s the reality of it-once politicians are elected they do what they want-doesn’t matter what party they are a member of or who they are. And they all, ALL, are in bed with corporations and Wall Street.
If you doubt that look at voting records-look at all the promises and high talk that never come to fruition, that are cast aside after an election cycle.
I find it amazing that “muscle” type cars are being produced with in excess of 600 horsepower now. Fuel guzzling SUV’s, and monster yachts -that tells a story-that those who have feel insulated by their wealth, and in doing so don’t much give a damn about anything else-that Soylent Green thing where the privileged few will always have the most.
I have no doubt that they will-after all they are bolstered by legislation that caters to them. They have influence, their voice is always given priority. Why? Because it’s good for “bidnus”.
My intent isn’t to advocate for nuclear energy-just to illustrate that if that is to be the way of it we have to do better-and the sole consideration of solutions cannot be a short term expediency.
The technology presently exists for a global conversion to solar energy-the question to ask is why there isn’t concerted effort to move in that direction-the answers should be obvious, and in being so it is doubtful that everyday people like you and I will make the decisions.