Ecotourism is a myth
aftermath of the Copenhagen climate change conference
It has struck
me during the course of writing this website about
ecotourism, that the world is being greatly affected
by our actions (and inactions). I want to make
a personal statement about what I believe is wrong
with the way we as a human population are causing
big, big problems for the future. I also want
to make a personal statement about how we should
change and offer my own view of the way forward.
thing to say is that it is not exclusively our
world. We live on this planet in harmony with
every other living organism. Yes, species are
disappearing through natural events - global warming
has happened before and species were lost, but
it is very wrong to assume that we can continue
to accelerate the process simply because of our
desire to want more and more. To do so has already
led to over consumption of non-essential goods
by developed countries.
As an intelligent
species, we should grasp the concept that if we
cause the problem, we should fix it. How wonderful
it is to be awash with an abundance of modern
aids to immerse ourselves in play. It's a myth
to think that we actually need all this modern
stuff to survive. What is really happening is
that we are fooling ourselves into thinking that
we cannot live without them. Consumerism is an
invention of mankind. Consumerism doesn't get
you fed. Consumerism is a tenuous concept to cling
onto. The more we demand, the more someone will
manufacture it, thus using up more resources and
thereby adding more pollution to the world.
stage, every country in the world must achieve
the same level of development with every human
being having access to the same standard of living.
The human species has to stop competing against
each other to become the best country or have
the best standard of living. In future, competition
should only occur in sport and games. When it
comes to real life, we all have a right to live
here and expect a minimum standard of living.
is excessive when it involves over-exploitation;
then we argue that such consumption is not sustainable.
But who is to decide the meaning of sustainable
consumption? This question has never been satisfactorily
resolved because it involves a missing generation,
those who will inherit the environment this generation
bequeaths to them."
1. Agree the
minimum standards of living for every human being
in the world.
2. New luxury
and non-essential products which are developed,
manufactured and distributed should attract huge
"consumerism" taxes which are ploughed
back into achieving the first objective.
consequences of over consumption
developed countries have locked themselves into
economic cycles that are geared to massive consumer
spending. So they need more and more goods, which
require more and more raw materials with more
and more energy. So it goes on and on.
has to stop.
In the short
term it will stop when one or several countries
over spend beyond their credit. These countries
(especially USA), will find themselves without
foreign investment and their economic walls will
come crashing down. Their over-consumption habits
will be fixed overnight in one massive horrible
is over-consumption affecting the environment
we are chewing up our natural materials. We all
know that, so why do we keep doing it ! Coal and
oil are amongst the greatest polluters, but one
day cleaner methods for their use will be found.
Let's not use it all up in our current polluting
way, leave it where it is for now.