In class last week we talked about the idea of environmental assumptions. I thought this was quite an interesting topic because there are so many excuses that people use as a way to make themselves feel better for their apathy towards the environment.
One saying that I found to be particularly interesting was, “the environment has to be balanced against the economy.” This is essentially stating that by not addressing environmental concerns, we are able to save more money. Many people who believe in this environmental assumption view the concerns of the environment as “luxuries” that are a waste of money, since they believe the environmental issues can be fixed on their own with time, and without any extra costs. This of course is completely false because the problems with the environment are not just short-term issues that will work themselves out, they are long-term issues that will only keep getting worse if we keep ignoring them.
Another saying that we talked about which I found to be exceptionally interesting as well was, “technology will save our problems.” People who believe in this environmental assumption think that technology only serves to solve problems that are already intact in the environment, and they do not take into account that excessive technology use is causing its own problems in the environment and may continue to create new problems in the future. All current environmental issues are a direct result of prior technological advices, so advancing more could essentially cause even more environmental issues. In class, we also talked about how technological solutions to environmental issues are usually much more expensive and harder to implement than preventative measures, which are proven to be the best, most efficient way to solve problems in the environment.
These assumptions are believed by many people across the globe. Attached below is a picture which I feel accurately represents the assumption that, “the environment has to be balanced against the economy.” In the picture, you can clearly see that the economy weighs much more than the environment. Something must be done in order to end these false environmental assumptions. People need to start realizing that the environment is the catalyst for many other aspects of life on Earth. If we keep ignoring the environment, what will happen to us?