Over 50% of animal species have gone extinct in the last 40 years. This statistic alone should give us pause, not to mention the habitats we continue to destroy. From extreme deforestation to pointless pipelines we find ourselves locked in a battle against logic. With unmistakable clarity, it is easy to understand why we have a rash of cognitive dissonance in this country. Denying and ignoring environmental calamities caused by global warming will not make them go away. How can we expect our friends and neighbors to understand climate change when mainstream media refuses to acknowledge obvious data? How long do we continue letting our precious water be polluted for the sake of extra profit? How much are we willing to give up for less carbon footprint?
With over 2 million lineal miles of oil and pipeline infrastructure in America we can easily see how banks and corporations stand to benefit handsomely. In the case of environmental destruction, we find that corporate profit is guilty of coming before basic reason. Oil pipelines should be considered monuments to our laziness as a people. Coal mines should be considered cancer sores upon desecrated landscapes. Corporate greed should be considered a mental illness and treated with contempt and loathing. The relentless decimation and subjugation of our animal friends and their habitats must come to an end. We do not own this Earth. We are stewards of this Earth, and we are failing. With long term goals and diligent infrastructure planning we can recover many lost habitat zones, ushering in a Green New Deal that will empower future generations to be accountable to the Earth.