We have met the enemy and he is us.
Soon after NASA first broadcast images from space, the famous ‘Blue Marble’ came to represent Earth’s frail and vulnerable isolation amid the expanse of space.
And so came a stirring political message. A Green movement formed asking us to responsibly preserve our host. ‘Good planets are hard to find’.
Politically this was quite unusual. It was the first sign of a global agenda and carried with it some form of universal consensus.
The actual welfare of this planet is a fundamental concern. Even among those with the strongest interests in exploiting our natural resources.
So political battlegrounds found a safe haven. Words became wise and even cowboys adapted Indian phrases:
‘We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children’ – George Bush Snr
Sp with Global Environmentalism as the new sacred ground, no politician was willing to front up to ruining the world.
In truth however, they all kept trying to jump start the oil driven economy whilst passing lip service to this new green ideology:
JFK : “..set aside substantial areas of our country for all the people who are going to live in it”
Nixon: “..make our peace with nature and begin to make reparations for the damage we have done to our air, to our land and to our water?”
Ford: “If man has the genius to build.. he must also have the ability and the responsibility to preserve'”
Carter: “I want to make it clear, if there is ever a conflict (between environmental quality and economic growth), I will go for beauty, clean air, water, and landscape.”
Reagan: “Our physical health, our social happiness, and our economic well-being will be sustained by working as thoughtful, effective stewards of our natural resources.”
Bush: “Protecting the environment is a global issue. And I promise you this nation, will take the lead on this internationally.”
Clinton: “deadly heat waves and droughts will become more frequent, coastal areas will flood, and economies will be disrupted. That is going to happen, unless we act.”
Bush: “We have a serious problem. America is addicted to oil”
Obama: “We are condemning future generations to global catastrophe.”
Dire words of warning indeed. But empty promises nonetheless.
Actual policy decisions reflect a different story. The economy today. The environment tomorrow. The world can wait.
And tomorrow never came. The planet grew more polluted. And now we live with a giant floating garbage patch inside the heart of our water systems.
We pollute this precious blue marble whilst paying political lip service to the environment. It’s toxic.