My thoughts on the subject of this article have been fermenting for many years.
About 35 years ago, when I was naive to environmental issues, I recall being highly insulted that the park service would dare to insist that I “remove my own trash” from a picnic area. My thought was: Oh great, now they’re too cheap to provide trash cans in the forest preserves. It took another couple years for me to be aware of what was happening to our planet environmentally. I learned about by reading about the subject…helped by my environmentally aware daughter.
I propose that people simply are not educated to the effects that we as humans are having on our environment.
When I hear a song for the first time, I think I don’t like it. But then, after hearing it on the radio another dozen times, the song becomes familiar and I actually sing a long with it. I may then decide that I actually like that song.
Do we read or hear repeated commentary on our environment from the news media? NO! We hear lots about people killing each other, robberies, accidents–sound bites all geared toward sensationalism. Environment isn’t “sexy.”
We need to hear issues about environmental destruction every day ad nauseum in order for the problem to be crystal clear in our thick skulls.