I recently watched the documentary Before the Flood with Leonardo DiCaprio, a documentary about climate change. I highly suggest everyone to watch this as it relates heavily to what we’ve been talking about in class and at the same time extremely empowering- with statistics, facts, and different perceptions that cover one of the biggest crises humans have ever faced.
With all of this understanding and knowledge of green capitalism, buyospheres, landscapes as a social construction, disneyfication, and so on and so forth why hasn’t there been anything done to focus on changing these habits and learned behaviors. We’re confronted with scientifically proven evidence of how detrimental these ways of living are to ourselves, and pretty much everything else on the Earth including Earth itself. And not only do we have evidence that supports this fact but we also have been given several solutions from several different sources of how easily we could fix this problem. For starters just eating less meat and dairy can go a long way, as animal agriculture is biggest contributor to climate change. A staggering 51% actually compared to the 13% that all transportation combined emits. Another solution is moving from the burning of fossil fuels to renewable energy like solar, wind, and kinetic energy from the ocean. You may or may not have heard these solutions before but at any rate think that these are unrealistic or not viable enough, and this is where it becomes obvious as to who has done their research and who has not. And I say this with no intent of personal attack or what might have you, it’s just the truth. The only, and I truly mean only, reason as to why we haven’t fixed major issues we see throughout the world like climate change is because one: people do not have enough knowledge (even though most have it all at their finger tips) and this leads to not caring and two: fake entities (corporations) only care about short term gratification that benefits their egotistic motives, which causes drastic measures to be taken to ensure the public is satisfied, so that we as a majority continue buying their product.
If you think about all the destruction, child labor, and other devastating action that has occurred by corporations, it has all come about through means of pleasing the masses that live in more developed countries. Without every individual and their actions like compulsive buying and need for instant gratification there would be no people for the corporations to benefit off of. I believe the more aware we are of this and the more knowledge we obtain the more will start to see change on a grander level, as norms develop overtime, a more peaceful, unmaterialistic, and compassionate norm we’ll start to develop with individuals taking initiative to change old habits and selfish thinking patterns.
– Jaiden Deal