Posted by Tim Stobbs on June 12, 2009
I think perhaps I realized a serious flaw with the ‘green’ movement today: we’ve turned it into a party instead of a movement for real change. In the party, everyone is a winner and no one loses. We can all be green by recycling one item a week and ignore the hard choices ahead.
The reality is much more difficult. Our systems which our society is based on are not working they way we need them to in the future. We are still too dependent on fossil fuel regardless of if we recycle our newspaper or not. We’ve ignored the question should we have newspapers at all? Should it be all digital instead and if you want a print copy let a high speed print on demand service that only makes the exact number needed in day. No extra copies. If you decide you want one and didn’t sign up for print version then too bad. Saving resources trumps easy.
Yet when you start to examine our lives you can’t help be realize getting off fossil fuels are going to be painful. It will not be easy or cheap. It will cost trillions of dollars and take decades to do. And here’s the real issue: we won’t get it right the first time. Hell, it may even take a tries to make things work in any given sub-system. We need to get over the idea there will be one way to do it. Instead there will be thousands of possible ways and we will have to try most of them. The good ones will take off and others will fail. It’s going to be just like every other invention we’ve done so far. Trial and error will get the job done.
In the end, change will happen because there isn’t another choice. Being wasteful should cost a lot and easy should have it’s price. The party is going to be over soon, then the real work will begin. We either start to live truly in a sustainable way with our environments or we fail to continue to exist this way at all in the long term.
So how are you enjoying the green party where everything that says ‘green’ is cool?