Does the protection of the environment stand in the way of progress?
Is it more important to save a form of water algae, or become energy independant. Would you rather live in a world were we are compleatly dependant on MIDDLE EASTERN OIL, but some form of sagebrush was saved. Or where we could get our own reasorces. This is not to say that we should go all out and kill the planet, but that we have to prioritize what we do in relation to giving money we don't have to the middle east.
We shouldn't worry about the environment. Protection of it takes precious time and tax-dollars. I believe that the environment will take care of itself. We needn't worry about natural processes that have forged onward through the centuries. Do you remember the information that satellites used to plunge through the atmosphere, burning to a crisp, do you remember reading that people used to dump garbage in the ocean? The environment can and will take care of itself. We shouldn't be wasting time worrying. It isn't even in our power to stall if the environment was going to die.
Progress stands in the way of the protection of the environment. Right now, the environment is the only thing keeping us alive. Maybe it's time to show it some respect.
Progress itself encompasses many different aspects. Although economic progress and environmental conservation are somewhat mutually exclusive, progress in society, morality and humanity as a whole are not confined within the boundaries of environmental preservation. There is little relation between eradicating the plethora of societal and human rights problems and consequential destruction of the environment. In fact, learning to protect our environment can lead to progress in Man's role as the guardian of mother nature. Therefore, due to the various perceptions of "progress", environmental protection will not impede our progress.
Our environment on the planet earth supports life. Continuing unsustainable practices will destroy our environment. At that point we will all die. Humans are very resourceful and capable of intelligence. Taking the time to think through a problem and finding a workable solution is not too much to ask. Those who resort to the statement that protecting the environment "impairs progress" are basically saying "I'm lazy and I refuse to think of a better solution, if I pay off this politician he will let me do whatever I want." In the age of information we are now aware of the effect that industry has on the planet. Our awareness now makes us responsible for our actions.