“Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth.” – Albert Schweitzer
The acclaimed sermon given by Albert Schweitzer in 1905 addressed the epidemic of western civilization expanding throughout the planet with little regard for the millions of victims left in the wake of colonization. In the same way, humans have historically disregarded the wellbeing our own species — we have exploited the resources of the planet ignoring the ever-growing climate crisis. We are the only species that can be accountable for the environmental and human welfare tragedies that have occurred directly due to consumption. Our consumption and our living standards in western civilization have resulted in today’s unfathomable depletion of resources. Resource wars over fossil fuels, clean water, and viable soil have already begun. Growing population demands and worsening environmental conditions are taking shape in the ways of: toxic air, massive drought, overgrazed and abused farmland, and loss of species diversity on the land and in the ocean. But, as a society we are not prepared to change our lifestyles even if it means saving the planet. Therefore, we must hold responsibility for our impact on the earth and take action:
“And now, when you speak about missions, let this be your message: We must make atonement for all the terrible crimes we read of in the newspapers. We must make atonement for the still worse ones, which we do not read about in the papers, crimes that are shrouded in the silence of the jungle night…”
My philosophy in five sentences:
There is a wide spread numbness we have afflicted ourselves to ignore the real and ever growing issues in our consumption. To preach about consumption, I must become the person I expect to see in the world. The person I believe is necessary to face the growing climate and resource crisis. And in the face of accelerating climate change, I want to fight for our privileges. I am making this blog to become accountable for my beliefs.
EcoMouthPiece is two things: a source of data regarding the environment and a compilation of simple life practices, both: the things I practice, and the things I am working to practice. In this blog, I want to demystify the issues and solutions of climate change to bridge the gap between science and daily life.
For a thought provoking read check out my post Go Home Earth– You’re Under the Weather!