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Posted 10th July 2009 at 09:27 PM by Derek-C-Wicks

Should an artist be a conservationist? Are we obligated to conserve for the next generation? These are questions frequently asked in my workshops by other artist’s. My answer is always YES! But not as an artist, as a member of society. People on the whole need to adopt a new attitude of preservation and regeneration to ensure a functioning world for the next generation. Our rate of consumption far surpasses our means of regeneration and our greed and need for commerce pillages our natural resources to dangerously low numbers. So many species in this world are now extinct from no other reason then greed. We rape our lands for fossil fuels when H2o engines have been a reality for over 40 years! We have hunted, farmed, harvested and plundered tens of thousands of species into extinction, and for what. Has the quality of our lives been increased by these things? Doubled edged sword that question is. Our convenience and comfort has been greatly increased by the industrialization of the last century. People are now far more productive and time efficient because of our machines. Don’t get me wrong, I am as dependent on my machines as the next person, this post is proof of that. The cost of these conveniences? Our world has a decreased ability to convert carbon dioxide back into oxygen, the natural flow of season’s is now in chaos, cancer has recently been increased 1 in 5 to 2 in every 5, garbage and debris poison our land and waterways, the list goes on and on and on….. There are 6.7 billion people in the world today and it is estimated that our earth only has the resources to sustain 2 billion, scary number is it not.
All of these things are issues we face today that will directly effect the next generation and their ability to deal with them. So what do we do? Everything you can. It is obvious that we all need our technology to function, but what level of use do we need? Recycling is a great start. It is wonderful to see that recycling has become an “in” thing and today the biggest percentage of the world recycles. Reuse instead of discarding into the garbage and re-buying. And of course there is reduce. If everyone did a small action such as replace one light bulb with energy efficient bulbs the combined effort would make a huge difference. Its the small things in life that make the biggest difference, for us and the next generation.
This post is not meant to be a “doom and Gloom” post or a sermon from the pulpit, but rather a strong statement addressing an issue I feel strongly about. It is my hope that reading this article starts the wheels a turning in every one’s thoughts and maybe spark a little action through awareness. Love it, Live it, Conserve it!
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