“We are forced, for the first time, to understand that we are truly a titanic force, capable of affecting and altering the operation of the planetary whole” (McKibben 501). This place called home is being destroyed; the damage seems irreversible. What is the point in even trying to change decades of wasted water, carbon dioxide emissions, and filled dumps? Why even try to change? Environmentalists have been sending out an “SOS” for quite a while now. There’s no ship this time though, it is our planet that is in need. It is time to “save our planet”; an “SOP” is in order. It is easy to think that one person’s efforts are pointless in the scheme of things, but maybe not. Maybe it the impossible can be done; maybe the damage can be reversed and this planet will last as long as it needs to. Saving the planet on an individual level is worth the effort.
To stop the rather scary problem of global climate change dramatic orders would need to be put in place. “We’re talking about the wholesale decarbonization of our country, about removing the fossil fuel base on which our prosperity has so far rested,” and that all seems a bit too complicated (McKibben 501). So instead, it seems a change in attitude is needed. In many cultures, including America’s, it is money over everything and it has always been like that. “If something made the economy…larger, we generally assented,” and that is the problem. Obviously, the reckless attitudes of humans are becoming more and more apparent as our planet plummets deeper into peril. However, maybe just by changing the overall attitude of the population, the results will change too. And in the long run, putting the environment first now will allow the economy to push to the front again.
Along with changing the attitude about the economy, there is also the “why bother?” mentality plaguing the planet. One person compared to the seven billion on the planet seems like nothing. It virtually is nothing, considering one person makes up .0000000142857143% of the world population. But “if you do bother, you will set an example for other people. If enough people bother, each one influencing yet another in a chain reaction of behavioral change” one person becomes an entire movement (Pollan). Yes, it is true; government funding and regulations will be the ultimate boost this environmental movement needs. However, individual efforts are what will get the government involved. “For us to wait for legislation or technology to solve the problem of how we’re living our lives suggest we’re not really serious about changing¬¬— something our politicians cannot fail to notice” (Pollan 510). If citizens do not care, neither do governments.
Being eco-friendly does not have to mean being costly. In fact, many steps toward saving the environment will save money overtime. The average person can easily have an above-average affect on the movement towards a cleaner, greener planet. It is not difficult to conserve water, buy organic,...