Realizing as a society that global concerns currently being dealt with are truly connected will be key in fixing our eventual food and water crisis. Contemplative practices have enlightened me on issues such as world hunger and helped give an appreciation for the amount of energy it takes just to get food to the table. Nonetheless, I couldn’t fully integrate my thoughts until our latest contemplative space. In this, it really made me internalize my thoughts on our fossil fueled economy, and especially how much pressure there is on our generation to make cognizant decisions on where our future energy will be derived from. Let’s face it: oil is a result of decaying dead organisms from thousands of years ago. Not surprisingly, if you oxidize a hydrocarbon that has sat in the ground for millions of years, it brings upon widespread human death. This resource taken from the lithosphere and burned in the bio and atmospheres has depleted the ozone, reduced photosynthetic ability of plants, contributed to the greenhouse effect and climate change, and increased occurrences of cancer and respiratory disorders in humans.
Our society has the unique perspective of acknowledging all that fossil fuels have done for humans, from powering our homes during times of extreme weather to transporting our food for global consumption. However, it is our duty for the sake of future generations to recognize burning hydrocarbons into the atmosphere has been the main culprit in a series of dramatic changes to our climate and culture. If indeed the human race is unable to transform its ways of utilizing energy into one that is perpetually sustainable, corporate greed will be the reason. The weight of this must fall on the political groups and business which have for years opposed scientific regulations that limit immediate profits and growth.