How power-fool are we?

We relish the animations on Ice Age even though we are the Global Warming generation. We have a voice and we believe that we can make a difference. We are the ones who tread into the future and leave behind a giant carbon footprint which we just cannot retrace. We have moved too far ahead to undo or erase. Not that that stops us from trying.

So we hold Green Day concerts. The intent is pure. For sure. We have to save the earth is the message. Be frugal today so there is enough left for tomorrow. And so we fly over artists from all over the world. We print posters, we make brochures. We make websites, we write blogs too. We sit in our airconditioned rooms and log onto the internet and cry our digital lungs hoarse. The voice should be heard by one and all, and in the process we have already borrowed more than we could possibly save at all.

We make airconditioners and inverters that save power. There are those offices designed green and batteries healthy for the earth’s spleen. So we set up more factories more chimneys that smoke. We need to advertise to sell so we fly around those stud blokes. Competition is tough so we will deliver till home, the hole left by your carbon footprint this time is just an inverted dome.

And then we host talk shows to discuss how hopeless the situation is. And like many others I too write a blog post using electricity, a laptop and internet connection and we talk and we talk and we talk … If there ever was a vicious circle this is one.

We all know the problem. And of course just like the spectators of a cricket match, we all know we could’ve scored better if we’d been playing. But the fact is that we ARE playing. … Playing with our own lives.

For some reason we believe it’s the bigger actions that matter. Everything should be done at a large scale. No single believes that his lone effort will matter. And it won’t. Not when it’s done by that one person and that one time. One power-saving air conditioner bought will not equate the millions spent in manufacturing, advertising or delivering it. One Earth-hour will barely save power equal to that spent in all the malls across a city in a month (I assume). One Green-day concert will make a big noise, enjoyed by a lot and still be forgotten. One more blog post will be written and add to the digital pollution (as if we needed another kind). So, no … our solitary efforts will not help.

But can you just imagine the power of a hundred solitary actions? And then those hundred solitary actions multiplied by a thousand. And that thousand multiplied by another thousand … and … well… you get the picture.

The sad truth is that we all know this. What I’m writing here is no apple dropping on anyone’s head. But then there was an apple that helped discover gravity and there was the apple that got us all locked out of Eden. And then this here is an apple that we all want to savour and all it requires is a little iEffort ;-).

So yes, that car pooling will help. Switching off the power while leaving the room – do it over the year and you’ve already done better than switching off just during the Earth Hour. Yes, do close the tap while you’re brushing your teeth. Use a bucket instead of shower to have a bath – may even make you relish the rain better :). Do please go ahead and buy that power-saving airconditioner – and use it as little as possible. Walk more than drive, Let’s help the Earth survive 😀

And as long as we are wasting digital power, let’s discuss more ideas, small efforts that we all can make to make things better. And after we are done talking about it, let’s do as Nike says and Just Do It!

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6 thoughts on “How power-fool are we?

  1. From dawn to dusk (and with due compliments to tarantino 😛 ) we humans try our best to destroy the planet we live in…the toothpaste we use, the soap and detergent we use, the clothes we wear, the plastic we trash the waste in. Not a single action of ours aids the planet, but each…does subtract from it.

    As it was put in some movie…our actions are representative of a disease that earth has.

    Having said that i believe that probably the most workable model and this has been reaffirmed time after time by people such as Gandhi and the likes…is lead by example…plant a tree, pick up litter, reduce wastage…do watever u believe will help and then maybe…jst maybe others will be inspired to do something…prolly our best bet

    And yet we should be agreeable to the fact…that we may actually be parasites, that it is time, that earth got rid of us…as bad as it sounds…that may jst be the truth 😛

    • sunainak says:

      Very well said and yeah I completely agree with you. Quite divided on my view on this matter just as your response suggests. One is that we should keep making the effort, as pointed out in my post and do our own 2 bits to make things better. The other part of me – the hopeless cynical part of me thinks we have already reached the point of no return. Our efforts will just buy us a little more time or just maybe ease our guilty conscience. But it’s better to try make things better than give them a kick in the behind and push them more over the edge 🙂

      • “Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself.”

        – George Orwell, Animal Farm, Ch. 1

        Guess, the inevitable truth is there for all to see, if only we shed our inhibitions on encountering the real deal. Its indeed very well said in your post about how we humans have set ablaze an environment for short term capitalistic interests. Reminds me of another quote from the popular culture’s iconic Calvin & Hobbes,”There are times when it’s a source of great personal pride to not be human”.

        May sanity prevail:)

  2. Ayush Ahuja says:

    Very well written, to be honest even though we are very close to a point of no return but I still don’t see any reason to not even try. I mean when you or you loved one is seriously ill, surely you don’t just leave him/her as he/she is , you give it your all and just hope for the best which in some cases is actually just delaying the inevitable , so I don’t see why we shouldn’t apply the same logic here. On a global scale I think the emphasis should be on getting people to make smaller sacrifices like Car pool etc rather than expecting a sudden global reform.

    • sunainak says:

      A very good point and I love your analogy of a loved one. I think the effort in educating has been ongoing for a really long time. It’s time people start acting instead of just talking.

      Thank you for the comment 🙂

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