January 23, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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Maureen suggested a controversial topic and I think we should try to exchange our ideas about it.
"Who has the right to exploit the Earth's resources and should people be allowed to protest against this exploitation to protect the Earth?"
Do we humans have the right to do whatever we want with the earth, just because we can ? Can we take all the resources, destroy the forests, pollute the air and the oceans, poison the soil with fertilizers and pesticides because our hunger for consumer goods is insatiable ? When is enough enough ? When do we need to be concerned about vast fields of plastic debris floating on the oceans, radioactive water flowing into the sea every minute, the air we want to breath being polluted with gases that are poisonous, species of animals and plants vanishing from the earth every minute ?
What is humanity's role on the planet ? To use it up until nothing is left ? To consume it ? Or do we need to change our attitude towards the earth ? Do we need to realise that we are part of it and that we need to become stewards and protectors of it ?
What do you think ?