…ree that because we have borders, that is where diplomacy and a truly wise world view will come in. My deep hope is that at some point enough leaders will collaborate. ( okay Paris,we did pull out, but I will hold my tongue on that for now) if you invest in reading any of the superb books by the terrific Dr. Carl Safina, those will give you a good idea of what we’re up against when it comes to conservation, pop growth, the gross overuse of resources and lack of foresight. I think most of have no clue how fast time eludes us until we hit a certain age, or point of awaren…
Julia E Hubbel
Yes, Julia, acquiring the wisdom in understanding our relationship to the natural world is certainly essential to the long-term viability of civilization as we know it. But the problem I see is that survival imperatives operate in the short-term and drive much of the politics at the top. Leading a democratic polity is a daunting challenge, now more than ever, because one does not have much more than persuasion when trying to focus on long-term sustainability. Another way of stating this is that the future is a luxury afforded by the present. Without taking care of the present, there is no future.
This political economic tension has been driving much of the politics in the developed world, with those most affected by globalization demanding their national politicians focus on their material needs here and now. I think we’re going to have to focus on these problems in order to have a chance of solving the big picture. It’s a problem and challenge of maldistributions.
The pessimistic (realist?) social science pov is that it takes crises to focus our hearts and minds and only such crises will force us to make the difficult trade-offs necessary.
Thanks for the article.