“We recognize that separating humanity from nature, from the whole of life, leads to humankind’s own destruction and to the death of nations. Only through a re-integration of humanity into the whole of nature can our people be made stronger.” — Nationalist Biologist Ernst Lehmann
The American conversation about the environment hinges upon a false framing. One side favors human progress at the expense of the environment. The other side favors the environment at the expense of human progress. Sometimes there are conflicts, but not always. And even when there are, there’s a balanced and sensible third position between capitalist greed and misanthropic primitivism.
Both of these ideologies are the extreme ends of the spectrum that both end up hurting people in nearly equal amounts. Industry and energy must be used in order to provide food, shelter and needed products for the human race. On the other hand, if you use and abuse the Earth, our children and grandchildren will inherit a barren wasteland where they also can’t survive. So between the tree-huggers and the capitalists we need to have a planet and people first position, a third position: Conservationism.
To be a conservationist is to believe in the Biblical calling to be stewards of this planet, her resources, her animals, and the people who live here. As it states in Scripture in Genesis 2:15 “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.”
Having dominion over the plants and animals of the Earth means that we have a duty, a tiny experience of God’s stewardship over humanity, to care for and nurture both man and beast to try to achieve a symbiotic relationship between humanity and the planet.
We do not actually own the Earth, we are simply its caretakers on behalf of God. Psalm 24:1 tells us “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.” Just like a hired hand is put in charge of a vineyard while the master is away, we too have been put in charge as a species to tend and care for the planet.
In order to properly tend to the planet and the people we have been entrusted to look after, we must defeat both the Capitalist influence and the radical Leftist agenda.
Capitalists see only profits in their decision making, exactly how we ended up getting mountaintop removal, pouring coal slurry into drinking water and poisoned air for the children of many communities across America. Unregulated capitalism naturally seeks only to consume, use, abuse, and then abandon. There can be no environmental conservation with capitalism because conservationism of either the Earth or the livelihood of families gets in the way of mass consumption and profit.
Radical environmentalists also don’t actually love the planet, they hate humanity. Dave Forman, Founder of Earth First! wrote “Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on earth, social and environmental.” Many radical environmentalists do not care that immediately shutting down every power plant and putting every car and truck up on blocks would kill tens of millions of people and throw us back into an age where medicine, refrigeration and transportation of food and even clothing production would come to a halt. Radical environmentalism is sacrificing humanity upon a pyre of guilt and self-loathing, the opposite of a sustainable position.
In order to promote a healthy people and a healthy environment for all future generations we must begin to take steps to conserve our environment while channeling our abilities towards making humanity a sustainable part of the planet. It is without a doubt that fossil fuels are not only a finite solution to our energy needs, but also have dramatic negative impacts on humanity and the planet.
Coal fired power plants, cars and factories that haven’t put into place the newest and most effective air scrubbers are literally poisoning people. Particulate Matter from these sources impacts millions of people, both young and old. The Natural Resource Defense Council states:
“This term refers to a wide range of pollutants — dust, soot, fly ash, diesel exhaust particles, wood smoke and sulfate aerosols — which are suspended as tiny particles in the air. Some of these fine particles can become lodged in the lungs and could trigger asthma attacks. Studies have shown that the number of hospitalizations for asthma increases when levels of particulate matter in the air rise. Coal-fired power plants, factories, and diesel vehicles are major sources of particulate pollution. Around 81 million people live in areas that fail to meet national air quality standards for particulate matter.“
We obviously cannot stop energy production, but this current environmental crisis is actually killing our friends, neighbors, and countrymen on a daily basis. The BBC reported that “Polluted air causes 5.5 million deaths a year new research says. More than 5.5 million people worldwide are dying prematurely every year as a result of air pollution.” We can begin to adapt a conservationist position by investing time, talent and money into enforcing and increasing environmental standards for existing power plants and all future ones that are built.
Resources spent on developing and improving green and sustainable energy will create industrial jobs here at home to build and maintain things like solar farms, windmills and other projects while reducing the amount of pollution put into our environment and transforming our economy into a sustainable energy economy, instead of one based on multinational oligarchs controlling our natural resources and poisoning our people.
Natural resources such as coal, natural gas, timber and others should be nationalized and taken out of the hands of these multinational corporations. Natural Resources should be considered jointly owned by all people, after all this is our land and our nation. Nationalization would allow for when resources are used, part of that money be invested in developing and funding sustainable energy endeavors and providing healthcare and additional infrastructure for the national community.
Another way we can promote conservationism is to work with nationalist movements and governments around the world to adopt environmental and trade policies that support local business and industry while having global standards for reducing carbon emissions and providing support for developing countries to modernize their energy infrastructure. Like it or not, we are all on the same planet together and no nation is a single entity in the matters of the environment. Cooperation between nationalist movements, not global oligarch controlled endeavors like the United Nations, is the best way to respect one another and to build a healthy future.
Multinational corporations like Monsanto use proven carcinogens on the food supply of Americans and people around the world. The World Health Organization found that “the main ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp line of pesticides, is ‘probably carcinogenic to humans.’ Use of glyphosate – which the EPA has deemed safe — has soared in the last two decades with the introduction of crops genetically engineered to withstand the herbicide. Glyphosate is also a main ingredient in a new product called ‘Enlist Duo’ recently introduced by Dow Chemical.” Producers like Monsanto should be fined and banned from producing products that poison not only the people, but the waterways and environment of a nation who are impacted by runoff from farmers fields and other sources when carcinogenic materials enter the environment. Food production should be taken away from global corporations and put back into the hands of sustainable hardworking farmers to ensure our people eat healthy and multinational corporations aren’t able to control and then poison our food supply.
Clean water is something that in the developed world should not be a scarcity, but increasing environmental damage has hurt not just people in the developing world, but our people and communities here in the West. By cracking down on capitalist business owners to ensure that their share of taxes included fixing and repairing any environmental damage they cause, we can ensure that the people are not subsidizing corporations poisoning working families. Companies should be allowed to make profits and to be successful, but the current situation is one where corporations piggyback off of the nation like parasites, to use natural resources and to abuse the people and the environment for the best interests of their shareholders and bottom line. If corporations are able to do business in the nation, they should be benefiting the people of that nation and the general welfare of the folk.
By dismantling capitalism and the radical Left, we can make and enforce policies in our nation and around the world to be true environmental and humanitarian conservationists. Humanity must be in tune with nature and work with nationalists around the world to care for not only our people, but our shared planet. Only through cooperation and hard work can we take power out of the hands of the elites and put it back into the hands of people and governments who put our people and our children’s needs and future first.