We as organisms need resources to live. Those resources range from drinkable water, to having adequate housing. There are many things in between those two resources that we not only need to live, but to live comfortably the way we are used to. Resources are getting scarce because of how much we use it, resources that can never be restored or obtained ever again. If this does happen the Earth as we once knew it will suffer, and in turn that will harm us and all of the living things that are habitats. To some this thought seems scary, but to many it is not a big deal because we cannot physically see the damage we are causing. This is one of the things that I feel like make it difficult for me to be more sustainable. It is hard to get people to change their ways and to open up to new greener ideas. It is difficult to be less selfish, and we as humans are extremely selfish since we take from the earth but we do not give back. Until people see the first hand effects of pollution or non-recyclable waste, only then will serious change be made.
We shouldn’t wait until things get serious and scary. Preventive work is always a better option than waiting to see what happens. Having said this, a change must be made. In the article, “Urban Transitions: On Urban Resilience and Human-Dominated Ecosystems” it discuss resilience of urban ecosystems. This article brings up arguments that support resilience but at the same time it talks about how we the people need to consider outside factors, “While our shorthand definition of resilience is to sustain a certain dynamic regime, urban governance also needs to build a transformative capacity to face uncertainty and change” (Berkes. 2003.)
While there are many challenges that we need to overcome in order to live a more sustainable life, there has already been efforts in to changing the way we normally live for the better. In “As in the Heart So in the Earth” by Pierre Rabhi, he talks about a farmer giving back to the Earth by composting since him and his village know that food is sacred, “Mother Earth gives birth to our crops, and the Great Designer intends their remains to be digested by her”. Composting is something that we could do to maintain our Earth and cut back on using harmful fertilizers. Anyone can participate to help give back. All in all, it is difficult to make people inducing myself, see the real issues that are happening until it gets to a stage where it can no longer be reversed. That does not mean that since most people are not trying, we shouldn’t either. I would rather be part of a solution, than part of a problem.
Ernstson, Henrik, Sander E. Van Der Leeuw, Charles L. Redman, Douglas J. Meffert, George Davis, Christine Alfsen, and Thomas Elmqvist. “Urban Transitions: On UrbanResilience and Human-Dominated Ecosystems.” Ambio 39.8 (2010): 531-45. Web.
“Composting in Chicago.” City of Chicago ::. Web. 29 Jan. 2016.
Rabhi, Pierre. As in the Heart, so in the Earth: Reversing the Desertification of the Soul and the Soil. Comp. Yehudi Menuhin. Trans. Joseph Rowe. Rochester, VT: Park Street, 2006. Print