This blog was started, and is intended to illustrate that environmentalism happens through small acts, is not difficult, and that it does not always have to be some big life changing event that forces you to live in the tree tops with no electricity. All that being said, one of my small acts was to start this blog to gain some friends to help me save the world.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Patch Job Election

OK here's the deal, I had a whole other post I wanted to write but I went and read something, and well this is what happens when I am left alone for too long.  Don't worry I may get around to the other post one day.   
It is an election year right now in the US, and a crazy one at that.  This election seems to be gaining a little more international attention than normal, so although I try to limit my political opinions online, you know so I do not get beat up, I felt the need to say something, as this election may be a little more relevant to more people globally due to the extra attention it seems to be getting.  Now this is not me bashing any one party, just making an observation and trying to offer some alternative points to think about.
During elections, no matter where you live, lots of promises are made, which can be very exciting. But the issue that I am noticing with all these promises is that they are essentially meaningless empty ideas that could never come to fruition.  Now I am sure you are all saying, wow Charlotte you are such a downer, which, hey might be true, but here me out.  Politicians like to make promises related to money and taxes, pledges about the fixing the economy or education, and vows made to create social justice.  What is missing from all those amazing promises, you guessed it, the environment.  It seems so simple, this topic should be the front runner, yet it seems to be minor footnote at best. Without some sort of serious effort to protect and preserve the only planet that, as far as we know, can house us insane humans, all those other issues become irrelevant.  This might also be why crazy politicians, and the rest of our mixed up human race, continue this cycle of making the same promises over and over with no permanent solutions.  Because to quote the great Taylor Swift, "band aides don't fix bullet holes" (oh man I just went there, hopefully it makes sense to you like it does in my head).  We need to stop the patch jobs and work to fix something that impacts us all, our home.
Now you all know what happens to my little brain when I read stuff, that's right I go all crazy and start thinking and then talking (or worse writing) (maybe not always in that order).  So back to my point, I read recently in the the book, The Story of Stuff  by Annie Leonard, to think of systems as a whole (in order to keep the post short I using a very macro level approach to "systems"), and to fully understand that everything is connected (a recurring theme on this blog).  Now this is certainly not a new concept to most, but it puts a whole new light on this election if we think of what is being promised in this way.  They are many systems on this planet, there are man made systems, like political and economic systems, and there are natural systems like oh I don't know the natural environment and everything else that humans like to mess up.  These systems have to work together, why, because I said so.  And also because if we blow ourselves up (and we have lots of different ways that we can do that now, scary), those other man made systems are all well, pointless.
Look I know there are a million different issues out there that can divide us and make us all go crazy (for some, myself included, it might be too late, the crazy is upon us), but there is one issue that should unify us, our home, this planet, we all share it and we all depend on it.  Without our world, which provides us with some essentials, such as oxygen and water, what point is there to fighting over what religion your are, what political party you back, where you come from, you name it, it all becomes irrelevant.  Seems like we might have some misguided and unorganized priories.  Looking at the system as whole makes you wonder why?  Why do we argue over over the petty stuff? And when can we focus on issues (the issue) that matter.  You can roll your eyes about the rise in sea level, you can debate the impacts of climate change (if you are doing this PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read the children's book Buried Sunlight by Penny Chisholm).  The man made systems that we seem to fight and bicker over so much are part of the problem and distract us from making any change or improvements in the status quo.  Whatever system it is, whether economic or political, they have either made us too complacent and comfortable to even think of change (yikes scary short term thinking).  Or they have created such levels of poverty that make life unbearable.  Or they have made a very few folks so rich that they see absolute no need for change, because well they are really really rich.  This must stop.  Lets work together to fix one thing, the place that we all live, and see what the rest look like after.  I know it can be done, because otherwise what are we fighting for really?  Everything else really be obsolete without our home, and I think that could be a great unifier.   To quote my hero John Lennon, IMAGINE.

Disclaimer: I know that this is extremely oversimplified look at natural and human systems, but hopefully it will spark some great discussion, and who knows what else.  Now vote for someone who seems to have this issue on their radar.

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