How 'environmentally concerned' are you? Is our world on the right track?

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    Sulq

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    Questions speaks for themselves. I for one am fairly environmentally aware of what needs to be done, especially considering our growing need for energy and even alternative energy. But I realize we are still dependent on oil/coal and that isn't going to make any big changes anytime soon.

    I feel that our world is taking steps into the right direction, but not going to the full extent. Some say we need to fix our economies and help the world hunger/poverty issues first, but if we don't save our earth then there won't be a human race.

    In the future (this may be a little radical) there will be a war. Not on oil, but a war on water. Think about it, if you don't have your own well, you pay for water, counties import water and pay for it too. Water is becoming a scarce resource. Water (especially clean drinkable water) is a resource that most would think couldn't be put up for sale, but it's becoming more and more prominent in this day and age.

    Golf courses do not help either, why the fúck would you build a golf course in Arizona and then put millions of gallons of clean drinkable water on it a year? Use that for something g else, give small portions of that to countries that actually need it. Let the waters in the Colorado river actually reach México instead of drying up on the way there. Golf courses in arid/semi-arid areas need to be the first to go. Not just golf courses, but other sports fields that use grass as well.

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    Don't get me started on the unfolding environmental disaster that is the American Southwest.

    Las Vegas and Phoenix; neither of those cities should be remotely close to supporting the populations they hold, yet they do because we said so. Phoenix is a microcosm of everything rotten about the US in my opinion. From the lawns and golf courses, down to its planning, or lack-thereof. It's one massive strip mall in the middle of the desert. I will never go back there if I can help it in any way.

    Arizona's a great state when it's not trying to be something it can't physically be, though.
     
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    They're trying to be a state in the east or like the Californian Central valley, which are rich and fertile areas, but like you said, they physically can't.

    And the crop circles in Nebraska and Kansas? There they ask how many crop circles you have, not how many acres you farm. For those that may not know, crop circles require irrigation and are grown in a circle. I know we have to feed the populations of today, but at some point you can't completely drain every aquifer in the West during the process.

    Also a another example is Dubai, there it gets so hot, but to accommodate to their tourists they air condition beaches! Just so people can attend there beaches, and think of all the water they use. Especially being in the middle of the desert. Basically very similar to Pheonix.
     
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    De-Salination plants hold the key to drinking water. The war in the future will be for farming land.
     
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    De-salination is expensive, but it may be necessary.
     
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    Dubai is hell on Earth. It's basically a wealth display for all the rich oil Emirs. I swear once the Middle East reaches peak oil, Dubai will collapse almost immediately. The infrastructure will decay and will be covered by sand.

    One of the most striking feats of water over-usage was the draining of Owen's Valley for L.A. drinking water. Owen's Valley used to be one of the most fertile areas in the Californian South, but after it was drained for use by the population of Los Angeles, it was turned into a desert. Here is a comparison of Owen's Valley before and after the drainage.

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    I dont care at all. We even have a free recycle program and the can just stays empty one time i put a bunch of used oil in it and put it out on the curb just because i was pissed i have this stupid recycle can. I honestly don't want the earth to survive because we all kinda suck.
     
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    My Hummer H2 agrees
     
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    Sulq just copy & paste my answer from that other forum.. :)

    Basically we are FKED.

    The human race ALWAYS fks up everything.
     
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    I'm one of those assholes that thinks none of the consequences will affect me in my lifetime, so I don't really care.
     
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    I would love to see the countries of the world unite and as one eradicate war, famine, corruption, human trafficking, crime and prostitution (wait let's not be hasty! :rolleyes:).

    Unfortunately, nothing can change human nature and there will ALWAYS be people who are greedy, fearful and corrupt who will do what they can to further themselves without caring about the consequences to others. As a result the human race will never fulfil it's potential until we are faced with extinction by which time it will be too late.

    There will, almost undoubtedly, be another world war. It probably won't happen for decades or possibly even centuries but it will happen. As long as we are divided as a species, we breed fear and animosity which lead to hatred and violence. And it's not just our borders that divide us but our beliefs as well.

    So to answer the op, I am very aware of the damage we inflict on our planet and I'd love for us to take better care of it but at the same time I think it's futile. To quote Agent Smith from The Matrix, "Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet, a plague". The only hope for the planet is that we destroy ourselves before we destroy it!
     

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