Competition between nations drives this century. Every country is constantly trying to create the most advanced technology before another country creates it. The environmental degradation that results due to these developments is not a priority for most countries. Violence and industrial warfare are results of this competition. For this reason, I agree with Ausbel’s belief that industrial warfare leads to environmental degradation. Nevertheless, environmental stresses will lead to water wars and agricultural wars in the future.
Recognizing the interconnectedness of all beings and complex processes is essential to developing an environmental ethic as well as creating peace in our world. We must understand that we need animals and microorganisms to survive, the same way that developing countries need to export to other countries to keep their economic standing. By recognizing our relationship with nature as well as our connection to all other humans, feelings of compromise and forgiveness will develop on their own. Therefore, I believe that the role of interconnectedness in our world is the most effective tool to create peace and harmony.
Humans have the tendency to be selfish. Having different goals, therefore, does not encourage them to work together and create peace. I do believe peace plays a significant role in saving our environment because it creates unity between everyone, which will in turn allow us to work towards a common goal. By recognizing that we are all interconnected, like the Iroquois Peacemaker stated, feelings of empathy as well as a desire to help others develop. This will allow us to work together to save our environment and all things dependent on it.