Green Is The New Black

18 03 2009

Can an industrialized nation ever actually be green?

This question was spurred by a conversation I had with a friend about the book, “A Language Older Than Words,” by Derrick Jensen. My friend, and Jensen, advocate that nothing beneficial can come from an industrialized nation, in that every aspect of our society is detrimental to nature and all living beings.

So, has any good come from our globalized society? Which products are classified as “harmful to the earth?” For example, lettuce, vegetarians say vegetables are the way to go because animals aren’t dying, but actually such grandiose farms, as modern agriculture has employed, are diminishing the fertility of the soil. Is this “hurting the earth?”

Iceberg Lettuce Field

Iceberg Lettuce Field

Another example, a bicycle. It’s a great alternative to a car, but the metal was mined, which is a process that usually upsets the ecology of the site. Where does one draw the line at being “green?”

Is it possible to live in our society and not damage the land, and do our current “green” practices encourage or hinder this endeavor to save the planet?