This week’s prompt is: The Price of Civilization
“The biggest problem climate change poses isn’t how the Department of Defense should plan for resource wars, or how we should put up sea walls to protect Alphabet City, or when we should evacuate Hoboken. It won’t be addressed by buying a Prius, signing a treaty, or turning off the air-conditioning. The biggest problem we face is a philosophical one: understanding that this civilization is already dead.”
“Scientists have been warning about global warming for decades. It’s too late to stop it now, but we can lessen its severity and impacts.”
– David Suzuki
“Global warming, along with the cutting and burning of forests and other critical habitats, is causing the loss of living species at a level comparable to the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. That event was believed to have been caused by a giant asteroid. This time it is not an asteroid colliding with the Earth and wreaking havoc: it is us.”
― Al Gore, An Inconvenient Truth
“My biggest objection to Marxism has been the presumption that industry should exist at all. I think the unstoppable juggernaut which is global warming demonstrates that processing natural materials on an industrial scale is a suicidal practice.”
― David Katzman
What is the price we are willing to pay to keep up our current lifestyle? There certainly is no interest in giving up the luxurious life that we have become accustomed to; the travel, the conveniences, the whatever-we-want-whenever-we-want-it-if-we-have-the-money-to-support-it routine. But, are we choosing to remain in the dark about the consequences of our actions? Would we return to the horse and buggy if we knew that to continue to use cars would lead to the end of civilization?
The world’s population is at 7 billion and climbing while we continue to export the glorification of the Hollywood dream. Can we continue to support this kind of activity, as developing countries race to copy a model that the world cannot sustain?
*What is the price you are willing to pay to continue to live in the comforts of the modern era? Have you given up anything in the name of helping the environment? Do you believe that issues such as Global Warming can be left for our children to deal with? Is a business status quo more important than the future of our civilization? Have we already gone past the point of no return? Please share your thoughts on the health of our world?
*Write a short story, poem, or share a picture or song that talks about your feelings on global warming and the price you’re willing to pay for civilization.
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