Noticed that I used the word ‘should’ and not ‘have to’ in the title? I did that because the only thing that we truly have to do, is to die, we can’t escape that…
Okay, let’s put the jokes aside and get right to the problem.
Why should we protect the environment?
I think that question is totally wrong. We should be asking ourselves why WOULDN’T we? I mean seriously, why NOT protect something that we can? It’s not hard to contribute. We are also evolving and inventing new environmentally friendly products, services, industry. Many people are ‘living green’.
Yes, I understand that ‘green living’ has become a huge trend and it’s fashionable etc.
At this point, I can’t give you a good reason as to why we should protect the environment. It is because every single person can find a reason as to why they don’t want to.
Environmental protection (excuses):
- Is expensive.
- Is confusing.
- doesn’t do anything.
- I didn’t do anything to degrade the environment, so why should I help to protect it.
- The global warming isn’t real.
- We have plenty of resources left.
I’m quite sure I missed many of the popular excuses. But the thing is that we have to protect the environment for the sake of the human species, to keep it as it is. Not for ourselves, but for our descendants, we’re kind of too late to save ourselves. We also have to do it for every living creature on this planet, because frankly, we don’t have another planet to run to (at the moment, or better said for next 100 years I guess) in case we ruin this one.
Humans are evolved and able to think, predict, etc. So why do we linger on something that doesn’t matter ‘Why should I?’…. Why wouldn’t you do everything in your power to make the life you’re living the best possible for yourself and anyone that will live here after you. Aren’t survival and the conservation of the (human) species our natural instincts? Or did we numb them completely?
Also, there’s the empathy. Don’t we feel empathy for other animals? How would you feel choking with plastic, or getting covered with oil, just because someone spilled it all over your home?
I could go on with this, but that’s not the point of this post.
I only want to encourage you to think. Think about ‘Why wouldn’t we?’ instead of ‘Why should we?’.