Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Eco-Wisdom

Once we understand that both our finances and environment are inter-linked then we may awaken to greater prosperity.  The hidden costs of pollution, population, reckless consumption and climate change all impact our bottom line.   Extreme weather, resource depletion, energy costs, water loss and other environmental costs are reasons we incorporate environmental debts in all facets of our economic decisions.  Increased shortages in food and water are just a few of the examples.   

Our culture of reckless credit card spending and denial of present environmental costs of land, water and air abuse all points to the need for sustainable solutions.  Unless we invest in landscape restoration, food production, water management, renewable energy, and stabilize our climate, all will suffer serious environmental debt.  An attitude of carefree, masters of our domain, is no longer viable. 

The 2008 Wall Street financial crisis fueled by easy credit is just a rehearsal for what our future will bring.  Our supply of money is tied to agricultural products, timber, fish, metal and host of other materials.  How economic and environmental management forces collaborate requires ingenious reforms and innovation.   As new crisis emerge wise commodity management is imperative since declining supplies of basic resources threaten all.  

In the upcoming years how can we feed 9 billion people?  How can we maintain the current American life style if more people want more and this planet has a finite amount of goods to sustain us? The real challenge is can we be honest with ourselves?   

All you have to do is look around you and do the math.  Our economic and environmental worlds are inter-related as our individual connection to this world.  I challenge you to look at the facts and see what conclusions you come up with.  Eco comes from the Greek meaning house.  Both our financial and ecological households are at stake since they are one and the same.