Which Eco are You?

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Which Eco are you?

Every day when I open my computer and check the worldwide web for news and information, I remember that the world shares, or rather doesn’t share, vastly different opinions of what is important.  Everyone’s got a dog in the fight but to me, the apex of importance is the world itself.  It seems common sense that to do anything, no matter what gets you off, one needs a venue.  Which is why I find it strange that the environment’s wellbeing constantly takes a back seat to “more important matters”.  I get debates between apples and oranges, but I don’t understand favoring either fruit over the trees that bore them.  No matter what you’re into, it’s safe to say, you need the earth.  Nevertheless, every topic pertaining to the environment is immediately pitted against its contemporary nemesis, the economy, and the rivalry rages on.  

 A recent poll showed the Keystone XL pipeline is favored by a majority of Americans with 85% in favor of its job creation.  The pipeline, which will develop the largest oil field in the world, serves to add as many as 45,000 jobs in the US, but only during its construction.  Following its completion, Keystone XL will employ few than fifty Americans.  What’s more, several segments of the pipeline have already been finished.  So how does a project that only benefits America’s economy or a politicians mid-term election chances for an extremely brief moment, even in a human’s concept of time, have so much support when the environmental ramifications will last thousands of years, spills or not?  
The house just passed a bill banning new EPA regulations for coal plants because of the economic effects a coal free power grid.

I grew up between a farm in Vermont and an estuary in Maine so my motives will always err towards Nature.  I also spent a good bit of that rearing under the poverty line with a disabled mother.  Which is to say, I’m not as much of a yuppie as I may have come off a sentence ago and I understand the rolls money and the need to get some play in people’s lives.  But what good is a job when our air is smogged out with coal pollution, our water is poisoned with fracking chemicals and food doesn’t grow in fields devoid of nutritious soil and pollinators?
I took to the streets of Los Angeles to ask my fellow men and women what team they’re on: Team Economy or Team Ecology.

Mike, 34
What’s more important to you, the economy or the environment? Why?
The Environment.  We won’t exist otherwise.
What’s the biggest problem with our environment?
Pollution, air quality, carbon emissions.
How can the environment and economy be mutually successful? 
Create a mixed economy that works with the environment rather than harming it.  Balance.

Rachael, 22
What’s more important to you, the economy or the environment? Why?
The environment, but it’s close.
What’s the biggest problem with our environment?
It’s not being taken care of.
How can the environment and economy be mutually successful? 
The green movement.  If everyone goes green we can fix things but the damage is kind of already done.

Kim, 50
What’s more important to you, the economy or the environment? Why?
Both but I guess right now I’d have to say economy.
What’s the biggest problem with our economy?
Income inequality.
How can the environment and economy be mutually successful? 
A free economy doesn’t work with the environment.  We’re not supposed to rape the environment. If we want both to succeed we need regulations but companies will just relocate to countries that don’t have regulations.  We need incentives for them to stay and pay taxes.


D’Angelo, 26
What’s more important to you, the economy or the environment? Why?
The Economy.  Overall, not just in LA, schools, students, education, all cities are in a deficit and can’t get ahead.  We need to work on government programs like EBT and healthcare to get the economy back on track.
What’s the biggest problem with our economy?
There’s less of a voice of the people.  It’s up to the White House or Senate to do what they want rather than the people.
How can the environment and economy be mutually successful? 
 Look at Tokyo.  If we get [the economy] on track the other will follow.

Aaron, 47 
What’s more important to you, the economy or the environment? Why?
…Really? The environment.  You can always create more money, in fact I think they print the stuff.
What’s the biggest problem with our environment?
Humans
How can the environment and economy be mutually successful? 
That’s up to you, anything is possible.  We put a man on the moon.

DJ, 33
What’s more important to you, the economy or the environment? Why?
The Environment.  If it go bad, we go bad, health wise. 
What’s the biggest problem with our environment?
Poverty
How can the environment and economy be mutually successful? 
I don’t know.