Our readings for this week dealt mainly with sustainability, especially pertaining to natural gas and hydrofracking. The largest fear that people have is not being able to support the world that we have built for ourselves. Our economy, our infrastructure and our lives are so wildly dependent on massive amounts of energy that can only be supplied from oil and natural gas, that just thinking of the hellish reality of life without it is difficult. This is only because we have designed our environment to be like this as we went through our industrial revolution.
There are many countries around the world that are just developing industry and infrastructure now. They still have the possibility to avoid our mistakes. They can still create a reality that is sustainable for more than 150-200 years. A future that does not involve wars fought over oil and sky rocketing prices.
The Worldwatch Institute is a think tank whose motto is “Vision for a sustainable world.” This group’s mission objectives are, “are universal access to renewable energy and nutritious food, expansion of environmentally sound jobs and development, transformation of cultures from consumerism to sustainability, and an early end to population growth through healthy and intentional childbearing.” Essentially, the group writes and publishes articles that suggest best practices for a variety of aspects of life.
Many of the articles that are currently on their website focus on a relatively narrow event that is happening, typically one country at a time. Governments, the private sector and individuals can in turn, take this information and work to make other countries more economically viable than the United States will be.