reply to post by agoiada
Exactly what I have been saying. This issue has been around for donkeys years, longer than I have been alive, longer than my MOTHER has been alive.
Ever since mankind started living in great numbers, in concentrated areas, there have been issues surrounding what we do with our waste, and some of
the earliest waste disposal systems in history, involved chucking it in a river, either directly or indirectly.
Now we have a pacific trash vortex, that somehow absorbs our detritus into its mass, and keeps growing. We have seagull babies full of plastics, and
sharks and gators full of road signs, discarded body parts and shopping carts, ducks and swans choking to death on the plastic rings from six packs of
cheap booze, and fish and water animals dying because of the polution of the waterways with industrical chemicals, sewage, and decomposing rubbish.
But these things have been happening for generations, and although there have been efforts in recent decades (which amounted to little more than lip
service) to clean up, to restrict the damage we do, they have never proven enough.
However, for those who believe that even to our own detriment we should act to stop this, I disagree. The human race, as all species on the planet
has responsibilities. First, each to his or her own familial group, to ensure thier immediate safety and ability to eat and stay alive, second, to
neighbors to help them where possible and support other members of the species, and a far off third, to the rest of the animal kingdom and by
extention the planet itself. Now, humanity may require a healthy habitat to live in, but there must be no talk of depopulation (as bought up by other
posters). If it costs the earth for mankind to survive, then that is the cost, and I for one would write the check right now, for all our warts and
failings taken into account, we are also amazing and wonderful in our way, and worth the sacrifice.
That said, I do not believe for one single solitary second, that the sacrifice of the rest of the planet is necessary for the survival of mankind,
nor do I believe that mankind must perish in vast number to protect the wildlife. These extremist scenarios are mere products of the minds of
academics who have little better to do, and too much respect to be argued with. They are however, completely flawed.
As a quick aside, I am a metalhead... that needs to be understood. An island two thousand kilometres from the nearest other person, where death hides
under every plesant fern, is pretty much right up my street. Only the addition of a hotel run by silverback gorillas in armour, with walls constructed
from the stretched out skin of the UK Conservative party membership, would make that island more perfect for me. That of course, and the addition of a
barbeque pit and a herd of Angus cows.