Last Prompt Round 9? Acknowledging Our Past to Change the Future

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In every addiction support group they say that until you acknowledge your addiction, realize who you have harmed and ask their forgiveness, there is little hope for lasting change. I think this holds true for the environment as well. People have an addiction, the addiction for more: more power, more possessions. To heal this widespread addiction of damaging our earth by our desire for more, widespread acknowledgement and repentance is also needed to facilitate a lasting change.

 

I believe the key to our survival does lie in a small-scale community and governance structure. The more localized you are, the more you are able to solve and prevent problems in your area. One large government is good for things such as taxes and controlling major resources and roadways. But to really build good policy everywhere, local government and community could do that significantly better. People who live in an area know the land better and can create policy and community to become more resilient and mobilized for the coming natural disasters. We are part of the natural world. We have the same ability to adapt as a community and as a species. However, if we don’t acknowledge the damage done and the fact that we need to change our ways significantly, earth and our species could be in a lot of trouble.

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3 responses »

  1. I really like the analogy you started off with. It’s true, you need to acknowledge there is a problem before you can fix it. Once people start realizing there is a problem, then they will face it (hopefully). The best thing to do is to start at home and fix things that are close to home. I am a strong believer that things must be fixed on a small scale before you can tackle the big scale. Starting to be more localized and have more policy stem from the local government can only lead to positive advancements. We need to work together individually before we work together as a whole. If we don’t start acknowledging the environmental issues we face, then there won’t be a local community to worry about.

  2. My paper for this class was on the benefits of local food systems so I have been thinking about local economies vs. our national economy a lot lately. I have even been trying to resist going to chain restaurants and coffee shops in an effort to help out local businesses and do my part to strengthen the local economy. Also, the “all politics is local” quote comes to mind. I learned this first hand when I worked in a state representative’s office this summer. So many people seem to think that only national politics affects them when in reality, what is happening in our cities and states affects us the most. We need to start focusing more of our attention on what is happening immediately around us because it is where we live and spend all of our time. Small-scale communities can help us get back in touch with our environment and help us come up with localized solutions to our problems, which is how it should be!

  3. I really enjoyed the comparison to addiction support groups. I agree that humans are a natural species similar to those inhabiting the environment, and we do have the capability to unite as a group of individuals for the betterment of our survival. Moving away from the materialistic, consumer based society we begin to realize that we cannot buy our way out of this hole we’ve dug. We have to instead come together and make the necessary changes as a group to ensure that we are no longer exploiting the natural resources, but rather living amongst them in the environment. Environmentally accurate policy can be more effectively written through the understanding and incorporation of all a regions socio-economic factors through the formation of these small, localized organizations. It is unfair for a group of individuals to be forced to live in a region that has been regulated by foreigners that do not first hand know the situation.

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