rise from dust, return to dust
dreaming apple pie
While life goals of survival, love, and accomplishment continue from generation to generation, the world is changing rapidly. In this century global manufacturing, industrial agriculture, shipping, and trucking of goods have increased steadily. Despite our need to cut back on burning fossil fuels, global free trade markets keep expanding. Rapid unregulated growth is not necessarily a good thing–nor is too much apple pie.
Naomi Klein’s 2014 book, This Changes Everything, names trends that impede our efforts to reduce carbon emissions:
The twin signatures of this era [this century] have been the mass export of products across vast distances (relentlessly burning carbon all the way), and the import of a uniquely wasteful model of production, consumption, and agriculture to every corner of the world… (p 77 eBook)
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The errors of this period cannot be undone, but it is not too late…Encouraging the frenetic and indiscriminate consumption of essentially disposable products can no longer be the system’s goal. Goods must once again be made to last, and the use of energy-intensive long-haul transport will need to be rationed—reserved for those cases where goods cannot be produced locally or where local production is more carbon-intensive. (p278-279 eBook)
For many people economic growth is like a favorite pie. It calls forth an immediate ‘Yes please’. On the surface, ‘growth’ sounds right, a sound course, a sound goal. However there is always a saturation point when we have too much of a good thing–whether it’s apple pie or growth. We need to slow down and find ways to live happy lives more sustainably. We need to maintain a ‘good enough’ prosperity shared by everyone while cutting back on pollution. Much easier said than done, but worth the effort during our lifetimes and for those to follow.
My haiku uses the prompt words ‘pie’ and ‘dust’ for Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge.
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