That is the biggest question and obstacle for us to answer. Often over looked, and human behavior mirrors the oversight in many serious issues facing us today. HOW? This question addresses the grey area, where answers are… it is time to address asking it and seeking the answer.
In efforts to keeping this light and digestible, there won’t be a lot of detail in this blog… but a general concept with examples of what happens when individuals are not held responsible for HOW?, undesired consequences, and the thought process for solutions.
There are several tangible examples of the rights of an individual overriding the collective majority’s rights. The biggest examples, with irreversible consequences within our lifetimes if not stopped immediately, is the premature delisting of predator species like the Grey Wolf and the Keystone Pipeline for tar sands refinery… ironically the two issues have become directly connected to each other in Northern Canada. PBS recently produced a special “Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo”, that goes into greater detail how the two are related (highly suggested you watch).
There are serious violations occurring as we speak with regards to profit being placed before people and planet. This is where we get to the consequences of this mindset.
When we are only focussed on what is good for ourselves and disconnect from the responsibility and butterfly effects of our decisions, we may not get what we want as a result… ignorance is ignorance, we know better than what the Oil and Gas Industry are feeding us regarding natural gas, tar sands, arctic drilling. The risks involved should not be solely a shareholder’s stake when it gambles our wildlife, our water, and our lands- such proposals scientifically and for the best interests of the human race should not be considered. Human consumption and behavior through education along with gradual restructuring of the grid becoming diversified (notice how the word diversified was used) with a variety of renewables along with intelligent green building development for efficiency. See the difference? Solutions presented to resolve a situation not only answers HOW?, but HOW? reveals the intent… and we must dig beyond our own.
It is disheartening how our wolves and other great predators on land and at sea are being tortured. Beyond that, the issues coming to light on Asia with animal cruelty (especially China’s Dog and Cat Meat Industries- yep that is right Dog and Cat Meat Industries- google it, man should not eat his best friend) should motivate everyone to boycott “made in China”. BOYCOTT Walmart, who is basically a partner in their government due to their commercial power as a retailer. Walmart “Moms” if you ask me are a perfect example of “the road to hell is paved with good intent”. No question they mean well for their family, however their short sightedness is creating a serious situation for future generations by empowering this irresponsible Country with the lure of “low prices”. Didn’t even mention their military’s hacking and security issues pending on the USA daily. A SERIOUS oversight in cost of goods.
Look at what is happening with the discovery of nuclear fission… as Einstein said (knowing the half lives of Uranium isotopes all to well), that’s a hell of a way to boil water- criticizing the use of nuclear fission for steam powered turbine energy production. Ummm FUKUSHIMA, nuff said.
Another example of an individual’s choice messing up the balance for the rest of us, who in the lower 48 have paid billions in tax dollars on the program, is the attack on our wolves. Every radio collar on a studied, tagged, and collared wolf cost $3,000 – $4,000. Just last week the most famous alpha female, 823F, of Yellowstone’s Lamar Canyon Pack and studied for over 8yrs. and rarely ever left park boundaries- was LURED OUT OF PARK BOUNDARIES AND SHOT ON SIGHT. At least form the “trophy” pictures of the lone gunman she was not “gut shot”- a torture being acted out on wolves by hunters who want them to suffer…. yeah, sick in the head! Now, just looking at the money invested in 832F, in the face of the USA’s deficit may I ask WTF?! Not all hunters are environmentalists, in fact few are- it all depends in the HOW? as well as the WHAT? and the WHY? in ALL circumstances with killing. Our own policies for the US fish and Wildlife Service is questionable in the old school, outdated kill methods encouraged. This behavior must change, and that will only happen when the mindset changes, which will only happen through education with conviction to stand for ethics and environment over economy- knowing, the economics won’t be sacrificed. In the long term it will pay off abundantly.
Here are some other resources to get fluent on the wolf situation of you are not already: Howling for Justice (all of her blogs are worth a look, VERY thorough and accurate with ways to activate), HOWL Colorado, Protect America’s Wolves (PAW) this FB page exposes some very hard to see and read issues with campaigns to activate, Mission Wolf– a wolf sanctuary focussed on education and saving captured/ injured wolves and hybrids.
O.k., now back to the wolf issue, watch this trailer for “Wild Things” proof with compromise, we can coexist. Wolves can teach us so much, but ignorant and scared tough guys are killing them off since their delisting in 2009 at a rate that is increasing each season hunts are allowed and wolves will not recover from. Thanks a lot to “YEEHAW” Ken Salazar and the Obama Administration- in the areas of wildlife policy, ethics in hunting policies, and their dedication to combat global warming/ our environment, they are not walking a straight walk. In fact did you know wolves represent carbon offsets? Yes, that is right… they are being killed because of the methane producing, flora destroying Cattle Industry (which with effort by ranchers to work the herd can coexist) in this day and age of human health and global warming having a stare down – highlighting the way to sustainable choices in policy. Scientifically speaking, it makes as much sense as trophy hunting (look up #killthetrade and WWF)and hunting predators…. NONE! Eliminating the best genes in the pool hurts the herd, the pack, and the environment, therefore ALL of us.
It is time folks, things have come to head. This blog is meant to get you to think, get bothered, and make a stand for the better way for HOW we are doing things. In whatever aspect it applies, ask “how?”, asses ALL costs (beyond $), and make a conscious choice to work towards a desirable outcome. Yes this will require effort, yes this will require compromise, and yes the benefits will go beyond description on the way you will feel- knowing your intent, acting on it, and showing how you do. Good stuff, apply it!