Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Private choices

"However destructive may be the policies of the government and the methods and products of the corporations, the root of the problem is always to be found in private life. We must learn to see that every problem that concerns us as conservationists always leads straight to the question of how we live." Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community - Wendell Berry

Jennifer sent me this link about how Coca-Cola is encouraging the people of the world to be more conscious, environmentally-friendly, and to be better citizens. It is incredible how a company that has been accused of polluting waters and wreaking havoc on ground water supplies all around the world can encourage us to continue to to buy their product, and at the same time make us feel good about ourselves. We are devoted, committed and loyal to companies and corporations that produce brands and products that have no empathy, sympathy, and concern for anything other than their own profit. Left in their path are destroyed land, water, air and communities. How are we to fight back? More importantly, how are we to live true to our ethics and philosophies as conservationists? It absolutely comes down to private choices in our daily lives that can have influences on those people around us. What we must come to terms with is the fact that we must change our conceptions of what is good for us, what we need to live, and what we need to be responsible citizens in our communities. We cannot continue to let entities like Coca-Cola define what is good for the world, and what we need to be doing to make our impacts on the environment less harmful. Take a stand, and make the hard private choices.

1 comment:

  1. The only reason I noticed that link (in Gmail) was because it was Coke encouraging people to recycle...something's not right there.