Counter Intuitive Thinking on Saving the Planet!









By Roger J Langley 12/8/19

There are of course arguments and counter arguments about global warming, carbon footprints and protecting the planet, but what we do not see so much is aplea to protect our environment from the human despoliation that will affect our children’s children and generations thereafter on a simply human level and an aesthetic level.

Taking the oceans for granted has been the case since Noah, as has our attitude to the resources above and beneath the ground. Past logging, clearing and be undone, and as we progress through the 21st Century those activities will inevitably continue, we all need homes, jobs, businesses and roads, etc. Nations that aspire to self sufficient will always want to produce consumer products, drive cars and their people will want wealth.

As lovers of the great outdoors, sportsmen, fathers and mothers, business people, communities, why is there a difference between the move to limit climate change and simply wanting to have a clean environment?

Most of us love clean air, some of us climb hills and mountains to breath in the pure air that is less available in cities and towns, visions of India and China come to mind with people in the streets of their cities wearing face masks because of toxic pollution! Some of us head for the open sea for the same delight in pure nature, others roam mountain trails, hike, go camping backwoods etc, because many of us, we believe most of us, love the great unspoiled outdoors with all that it has to offer.

Ever been to a seafood restaurant, a steak house, a vegan restaurant? How do you like your food, fresh, pure, and wholesome? Or riddled with micro plastics, tainted with nuclear waste, produced from ‘oil bearing plants’ that have replaced virgin forest?

Do you love watching on television showing intriguing visions of the vast complexity of life in nature? We do! Is it not counter intuitive to want these things – especially for our children and their children et al – and yet not take intelligent steps to protect them?

By all means question the concept of global warming if that is your belief, but who in their right mind ‘dumps’ in their own back yard? We believe that most people protect their own environment, try to feed their children with nourishing food and clean water, and desire to look upon the wonders of the world without having wear a face mask or goggles.

Each one of us can do a great deal to help, put our garbage in a bin for removal, stop wasting energy, buy local produce, recycle to avoid waste, shop wise, think clean environment and work to greening the landscape.

Do you know how long it takes to grow a tree to full size – generations, how long it takes to fell the same tree – minutes! How long does it take to plant a tree in the garden at home, in a park or forest?

A. Ten minutes!

If everyone planted a single tree in 2020 that would be billions of new carbon capturing trees worldwide that would rebuild the lungs of our worldCounter intuitive?

Forget global warming if you must but plant that tree, swim in clear water, drink from clean rivers and reservoirs, sail pristine seas, fish for unpolluted fish, for the love of nature take action now!