Sustainability

There is an old Cree Indian proverb which goes something like the following:

Only when the last tree has died,
the last river has been poisoned,
the last fish has been caught.
Only then will we realize that money cannot be eaten.

It’s a very true quote, greed is not sustainable. Money enables trade and some say that makes the world a better place. Others say that it encourages greed, which is bad.

You can't eat money
As humans, do you believe that we have a moral right to preserve the planet? Should we attempt to keep ecosystems balanced and share resources between all species, or is it right that we use our inelegance and teamwork to take more than we give?

Climate change is happening, it is only in the early stages at the moment, but it is happening never the less. Is it down to humans, cycles of the earths orbit, or something else, who knows.

Christians believe that we have a responsibility to care for all the creatures of the Earth, and that is why we have been made superior.

What does sustainability say to you? To me it means harmony between all forms of life. It means living peacefully with the environment and not degrading it.

Will man learn the lesson that is sustainability is vital for his existence? Who knows…

4 Responses

  • The term “sustainable” entered human discourse in a big way only fairly recently, just as the idea of the opposite began to take hold : i..e. that maybe we are using up resources at an alarming rate and that our planet has in fact a limited amount of resources. Cree and other Indian tribes were (are?) much more in tune with the environment than people in industrialised societies, not using natural resources that could not be replenished. Homo Sapiens are the only species that have developed the technologies to destroy the entire planet. In that sense, animals are far more intelligent in comparison.

    • “Cree and other Indian tribes were (are?) much more in tune with the environment” – Yep, as far as I am aware they still exist and have the same sort of morals and values 🙂

      “Homo Sapiens are the only species that have developed the technologies to destroy the entire planet. In that sense, animals are far more intelligent in comparison.” – I like that, but I do believe that not all people and bloodthirsty for resources…

      Thanks for the comment Sean, it’s nice to see you around here again 🙂

  • Hi Chris
    Just came over from Ari’s blog – comments are coming in thick and fast over there.

    “What does sustainability say to you? To me it means harmony between all forms of life. It means living peacefully with the environment and not degrading it.”

    Amen to that Chris.

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