We were asked the question this week which environmental problems have humans faced that we didn’t know were problems until it was too late. It seemed like a daunting task because this question seemed too specific to answer. But once the pregnant pause ended, we soon realized that most of the problems we face fall into this category.
Up to a certain point in history, not anticipating problems feels acceptable. Surviving is a trial and error process and negative behaviors result in consequences. The way we sustain our behaviors is through limiting these consequences. What was surprising about when slowing fitting all of our environmental problems into this response category, was how many of these problems we now know have solutions and we still continue unsustainable practices. Like irresponsible deforestation, improper waste disposal, animal extinction, and poor farming practices. Objectively it’s embarrassing when we don’t fix these problems immediately because of short-term reasons like habitual action or profit-loss. We have the power to feed everyone on this planet effortlessly, but we don’t because there is no profit in it so why do it.
There is a YouTube channel called PragerU, and as far as I can tell their goals are to add an illusion of fact to the conservative message by any means possible. They focus on disclaiming climate change, women’s rights, and open-minded philosophy. This may seem innocent despite its message just being one out of millions of YouTube channels, but the way they put these arguments across are very subtle. The way they push their messages are very calculated. I wanted to share this video from them about how we should love fossil fuels. Distantly, it’s infuriating how weak the argument is, but how desperate their intentions seem. They’re set up for a one-time viewer to just take away their side of the argument and not try to falsify it, but once you start to pick it apart you see how the narrator is the president for the center for industrial progress, and how this fictional character they made to illustrate the progress we’ve made is now being used as a source of truth. I encourage you to watch some videos because they are good practice to have arguments for if you were to find yourself in one.