Eclectic Curiosity

Ecological Disconnect

Posted on March 18th, 2005, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

I think that the problem we face is that we no longer see ourselves [as] connected to anything. If you go shopping at Gap and you buy a product, you just think it’s a shirt. But if it’s cotton, the chances are it’s been heavily, heavily sprayed with chemicals. Cotton is one of the most chemical-intensive products, and people never think about that. What is the ecological effect of this product? Where was it grown? What were the conditions? What about the workers? If you buy a computer, nobody thinks, ‘Gee, mining is a very destructive activity.’ And there must be dozens of metals in these products. We never ask questions like that! And even though everything we do has enormous repercussions, we never think about it, so we don’t feel like we have any responsibility. What I try to do in Tree is show that in order to understand a tree, you have to go right back to the beginning of the planet and come ahead through evolution to see how the tree affects the weather and climate and the air we breathe.David Suzuki, referring to his new book Tree: A Life Story

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