Over the last year, two key concepts have reigned over all others: the economy and the environment. Like opposing forces They push and pull at one another, with Economic downturns running counter to calls for Increased spending on the environment, Including Renewable Energy development and sustainability initiatives. And problems Both are escalating, with the world’s media reporting daily on the growing effects of climate change and the depression of the global credit crunch. They are two all consuming and ever present problems; Because it Represents the environment under the umbrella Which all human endeavor must operate – and indeed has originated from – and the economy Because it is the system we have That Chosen to dictate and moderate human endeavor, That I know economics is the world’s universal language, even if there are different dialects A Few.
Like the great science and religion Debates of the Renaissance and Enlightenment periods, the argument is Becoming Certainly polar; Either one is an environmentalist or an economist; Either one is for the environment and Against Economic Growth – Because our current paradigm links wealth to fossil fuels – Against ago and environmentalism for Economic Growth, Because The credit crunch and the recession mean That Money Must Be spent on trigger problems like housing, poverty, and world debt.
Such massive two problems can be Reconciled? Both and can be tackled, or must one be solved at the expense of the other? This Is the contemporary political question. The environmentalist movement, in many Respects to minority movement in previous Decades, has – through a combination of committed activists and genuine Causes – as, As it should be, to the forefront of politics. Indeed major political parties across the world have Recognised the severity of the issue and have made it central to policy and Their political spin. That many believe the next round of the World’s elections will be won or lost in part on the performance of the leading contenders environmentalist.
But the difficulty now Is that an election will be won or lost Also on Economic Performance Because I know times are tough. And the fear for environmentalists is the Current Economic Recession That Could spell in temporary sway in interest on the green issue, after gathering so much momentum, It Could Once Again – though only It Might Be Relatively short term – find Itself on the fringes of the political agenda, Because it has Always Been seen by the general public as an important discussion and Worthwhile, but less pressing issue an Essentially When viewed in combination with more immediate problems with Those effects. And Those, namely, Economic issues are.
Certainly, the general view of environmental issues has changed for the better, and to some extent irrevocably. But an Economic recession will definitely spell a decline Almost, environment-not in discussion, but Environmental Action, Governments Because work in terms and not in Decades; long term issues like the implementation of renewable energy, the Kyoto protocol targets, or the switch to organic crop growth, will fall foul of economic Almost always issues, which effectively Often are predicted in the long term but Realised in the short term, and felt by Almost everyone.
That is not to say That the Environmental issue is less important issue than in the Economic one. But the key now for environmentalists is to hold the ground That Gained They have over the last 10 years, and to show just why global warming, CO2 Emissions and climate change are threatening Still The Most problems on the planet, Even if They Are Perhaps not The Most pressing. And, The Economic downturn Despite, They must press, I know That Becomes Those pressing issues. That way the problem does not return to environment-ITS former position as a sideline issue.