The 11th Hour & Eco-Labeling

Today in class we watched the movie The 11th Hour. The movie had some of the worlds greatest minds come together and discuss what society is doing to our planet.

Global warming, deforestation, mass species extinction, and depletion of the oceans’ habitats are all discussed in the video and it was shocking to hear how much harm we’ve already done. The forests we have destroyed are not coming back. The video also mentions that over 90% of the seas big fish are gone and that the majority of them didn’t even end up as food for humans. Hearing the statistics on what we have lost is really sad to me because all of these beautiful things we take for granted DONT have to be here, and they won’t if this continues.

We are making many mistakes as a society but the video states that the biggest mistake is that we have converted nature into a resource. We must treat nature gently and team up with her in order for her not to eliminate us. Nature will win against society, it has been proven from past experiences.

We cannot continue to go on in our lives without thinking about what is going to happen, we are forced now because it is crunch time into being the generation that solves these problems.

The film talks about possible solutions to these problems by calling for restorative action by the reshaping and rethinking of global human activity through technology, social responsibility and conservation.

In order for a big change we need to get the government on board. A great idea proposed in the video was to lower income taxes (which will make citizens happy) and to increase taxes on harmful gases (which won’t make oil corporations happy). This way taxes still bring in the same amount of money but it is less tempting for corporations to use these gases when they are paying more for them. This idea stuck out to me because it isn’t something that would be hard to implement. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want to pay less of an income tax and I also don’t know anyone who if they had a choice would want these harmful gases around.

This movie was really great to watch and it just reconfirmed everything I’ve learned this semester. This movie could be pretty sad, but if we take its advice and change the world it   could be a great thing.

Eco-labeling was also a topic of discussion this week. I think eco-labeling is so important because it lets the consumer know what they’re buying and it may encourage consumers to shop more sustainably. It would definitely encourage me to buy sustainable products if I knew what about it was sustainable and especially if a story was added about how the product got to be in front of me.

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