They talk about the doomsday clock. How close we are to midnight. That is when the nukes will start flying. When the dust settles there will be next to nothing left of us and other life on this planet.
The way I see it, it will be the economic wars that will do us in. The endless fight to win over the root of all evil itself, money. Money from sales of products that are not needed to live or for our survival.
In the developed countries there are enough clothes, kitchen gadgets, tools, shoes, toys, electronics, mass produced souvenirs in our stores, warehouses, and in transit world wide to last us at least 5 years.
Even the poorest country in the western atmosphere, Haiti, I’ve seen homes with suitcases stacked high to the ceiling with clothe. Vendors on every street having piles of new and used clothe available. Yet containers are still flowing in.
Some people have closets just for shoes. (Rich socialites) All the while others walk barefoot.
What was once a lifestyle of the rich and famous has trickled down to the middle and even the lower income classes.
Automobiles, snow mobiles, all terrain vehicles, computers, cell phones, flying thousands of miles every year, air conditioning, owning a vacation property, even an airplane, all within the reach of many.
We have the freedom to waste and abuse resources as we please, and do we ever.
The world does not need any more clothe made. We do not need leather to be tinted. We do not need to produce toys that end up in a landfill a month after a child receives it. We no longer need $1 clocks that do not work from dollar stores.
Our consumption of needless products never ends.
Most of our electric and electronic products are no longer repaired as buying a new costs about the same. Refrigerators used to last 25 to 30 years. Now three to five years of service is all they are good for.
A printer with a small “sample” ink cartridge cost me $69 a few years ago. A refill cartridge costs $139! Better off buying another printer.
Buying dumbbells (weights) in Toronto or Halifax, even though we have (had) steel mills in Halifax and Hamilton, now come from China.
Millions, if not billions, of tons of various types plastic have been produced world wide. When rendered unusable it is either burned, buried, left to decompose slowly on land or end up in our oceans. We are now all breathing, drinking, and eating micro-plastics.
We build our cites around the best agricultural lands. Close to water. We have the freedom (it is still legal) to build single family homes of 10,000 square feet and more.
All continent have resources and labour available yet trillions of tons are shipped every year polluting our oceans and air in the process.
Time to end All Wars. Economic, military and religious.
One Planet, One People, One Future. Alternative is sweet didley for all.