Do me a favor, go look out the nearest window. In fact, open that window up and take a nice deep breath of fresh air. Did your lungs just fill with noxious fumes? Are your eyes burning red from the sting of rancid air? I should hope not.
Now, I’m not a major advocate for save the planet regimes. I’ll even go as far to admit that I rarely recycle. Yet, there comes a point when even I start to get worried for the future of the Earth; even if it is for selfish reasons. I hate to break it to everyone out there, unless we pull a Matt Damon and start colonizing Mars, we need the Earth to survive.
This last seminar I was exposed to a production entitled “Manufactured Landscape.” In typical Prof. Best fashion, he once again managed to pick a film that would mess me up in the head. Throughout the first hour (we’re only half-way through at this point) I watched as photograph after photograph flew by. Most were of living and working conditions in certain areas of China. One of the most powerful/haunting/moving/tear-jerking images was that of an old woman sitting on her front porch. Surrounding her tiny little abode was a massive pile of industrial waste packed into little cubes; like you saw in the movie Wall-E. It’s one of those images that makes you lose a little faith in humanity. Then, later, there was an image of a massive ship sitting in the middle of a muddy landscape. Maybe there was something wrong with it, I don’t know. Yet the most concerning part of all this is that we just left it sitting there. This massive testament to the skill we have as engineers and as an intelligent people was left sitting out to rot. Tossed aside for someone else to deal with.
At a certain point people have to realize that we need to start taking steps to fix the mistakes we are making. As a people we have always been great at pointing out our flaws and mistakes, but we are the worst went it comes to actually doing something about it. So, what are we going to do about this? What are you going to do?
*Dramatically shoots wad of paper into recycle bin*
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