I am an “environmentalist.” Local papers have labelled me an “activist.”
Yet as I sit here in my office, I am surrounded by metal, plastic, wood, paper — all materials mined or “harvested” from the environment I purport to protect.
I could not be sharing this with you, if you were not also in possession of plastic, glass, various metals that make up computers or tablets or smartphones, and the electrical energy required to charge their batteries, and run the infrastructure of the Internet.
You are all plugged into your various electrical grids. Some of you could be burning coal to read this, some of you oil. Some of you may be fortunate to be using hydro power (which still kills rivers and fish).
Anyone out there know for sure that they’re purely solar? Or geothermal? And then, what materials were used to make those panels, or bore and set up those wells?
It’s a tough world we live in, for those of us aware enough to realize that we’ve got problems.
BTW this is not meant as message of despair, it’s meant to be a message of awareness, and stimulation to design things better going forward.