CC - think about the amount of land that has been destroyed
Not much. True, there are a few areas that have become uninhabitable due to toxic waste dumping. Strip mining and open pit mining scars the surface in a few small areas.
On the bright side clear cutting makes room for replanting and for agriculture. Landfills are now sometimes turned into open spaces after they are covered over.
So, no, I don’t think all that much land has been “destroyed”
or the land that has been radially transformed and diminished
Transformed does not necessarily mean diminished. Human beings are an animal species. If we use land to provide food for our species I do not see that as some kind of inherent evil. Trees used to grow on the land. Now corn grows on the land. How is that a bad thing? Oh, now I suppose you might say there will be increased erosion, increased use of agricultural chemicals, and decreased biodiversity, fair enough. But the vast majority of all species have gone extinct all on their own so I really don’t think a few less varieties of birds or lizards is gong to be a catastrophe for the biosphere.
the things happening to our essential mountain glaciers and forest landscapes
Why is a mountain glacier “essential”? Essential to who, for what? You mean to keep land ice to prevent ocean rise? Mountain glaciers are a tiny bit of that. Most land ice is in Antarctica and that is increasing! Greenland is the next biggest repository. True, rising sea level will create a lot of new construction needs and losses of coastal property.
and on and on.
Dude, you worry a lot, I think you need to get outside more or something. It’s a beautiful day, sun, rain, snow, a starry night…it’s all good my friend.
Oh, ok, the stuff you list has a lot of truth in many respects, but things tend to balance out. We haven’t killed all the fish, we are handling our toxic materials ever more carefully, and the phytoplankton is still oxygenating the world. Corn produces oxygen too plus I like to eat it so it’s not all bad.
It has always astounded me how glibly people disregard all these happenings. Instead of considering the harsh reality, they come up with quaint bromides such as that superficial list of rationalizations for ignoring. Ignoring the state of the Earth and the harsh brave new world we have invited into our children’s lives. This summer will simply be a foreshadowing.
Oh, now I suppose you are going to go and call me glib but what you don’t seem to get is that it is ok to be happy at the same time we confront our problems. In fact, I rather prefer to look on the bright side of things.
See, it is not an matter of ignoring, it is a matter of not panicking as we methodically work the issues.
Think about Europe and what they are facing with the influx of refugees, think that’s going to get resolved?
Yes. They have had their belly full. They are starting to ship them back and block their entry. Here in the states it is now a political plus to call for the ban , not just on refugees, but all foreign Muslims.
When the pendulum reaches its fullest travel then it swings back the other way.