Social issues ARE at the root of our environmental problems-part 1-no more sense of community

Why don’t people care anymore?

I want to concentrate my posts on this blog in the environmental area, especially because this is where my passion is, and it’s also my area of expertise with my Master’s degree. In my last post, I wrote about bullies, both adults and kids, and how they feel the need to exert their power over others. Bullying is a major social problem, and some would say that our environmental problems stem from social issues.

No more sense of community

I agree. If you look at our social problems, they all result in people not caring about their surroundings. For instance, a bully doesn’t care if he hurts others, therefore he doesn’t care about his surroundings. I see small acts around me that show defiance toward others. So many drivers here in Texas don’t want to obey the speed limit and drive faster. This shows that they don’t care about the law and will do what ever they want. Also here in Texas, I see so many cars NOT slowing down while going through school zones with flashing lights. This may seem like something small and not important, but all these small defiant acts add up, hurting everyone.

Why? What happened over the years that lead to people not caring? What caused the shift in our thinking that is now destroying our environment and our planet?

By people making the conscious decision to not care, it has a detrimental effect on the environment that affects everyone, not just them. We have lost that sense of ‘community’ where everyone looked out for everyone else.

Social class is another factor. Many times, the division between classes has a negative effect on the environment. In many instances, lower class populations don’t take care of their surroundings due to several factors, like being poor and not seeing how protecting the environment would benefit them. Underdeveloped countries, for example, don’t have the same advantages and resources as first world countries, and can’t picture how conservation would help them or their country. Unfortunately, these third world countries are not the worst polluting countries…it’s the first world.

Food for thought….

“The domination of nature by man stems from the very real domination of human by human”

‘The Ecology of Freedom’, page 1. Murray Bookchin

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