Continuing on from yesterday’s post, there are no more North Americas to exploit, no more Indias or Chinas. There are no places with large expanses of land either over or under the land. There was an attempt in a way to explore other planets, going back to the 60’s when John F. Kennedy said there would be a man on the moon, but that really didn’t bring us any enhancement in terms of resources that we could use or consume in order to keep feeding the expanding number of people on Earth. We’re in a situation where fossil fuels are running out and though there is a good deal of resources underground, if we do exploit it to extent that we could, we would speed up the climate change that is already occurring. We’re in a bit of a situation that relates to space on Earth in the sense that there are no more vast tracks of land that we can exploit. We’ve tried other things like pesticides and herbicides and fertilizers, but these are man-made substances that aren’t natural that pollute natural resources and deplete them. The other irony about fossil fuels is the main constituent of nitrogen-based fertilizers comes from fossil fuels. That’s another looming problem that we have to deal with that no one wants to deal with as we continue to try to perpetrate the world that we live in.
The interesting thing is, is that there are so many things we can do about it. If we as human beings began to really live a sustainable lifestyle, where we’re not constantly buying new cars, new clothes, or even worse, new jewelry, and if we began to wind back on what we’re buying and the amount of power we use (which is sustained by fossil fuels therefore not sustainable), by reducing the amount of everything we consume, it would be better for us directly as we’d spend less money and it would certainly be better for the Earth. It may not be so great for the financial institutions in place in the world today, but they have nothing to do largely speaking with sustainability, only with consuming finite resources.
In bringing this blog piece to a close, the reality is that with our lifestyles as they are, we are running out of space, rapidly. We can’t go into outer space because we haven’t gained anything resource-wise from that, and we’re not going to, because we don’t have enough fuel to get us out there in any meaningful numbers. We have to live in the space on Earth, and do so more sustainable. We have to learn how to be happier with less, because buying and consuming things is not what makes us happy. It really isn’t. All we end up with is large bills, storage units and the need to keep buying. Let’s stop this, let’s get back to real happiness, and back to a sustainable world. We don’t need new things all the time! Let’s live on what’s already here. As I sit here and look at the sofa, a table, a coffee table, pots, pans and glasses etc. Why should I continue to buy things when I have most of what I need already, save for food? Let’s stop buying new stuff! It’s as simple as that really!