With science & BIG technology we have a critical few years until we know how the deadly CO2
increase "pans out".
And unfortunately in some areas of Philosophy-of-the-Environment^ in Yahoo answers for
example there is little ideal help or awareness of such a gigantic mistake by ordinary generations
like ours now.
We have t try to act responsibility & that can be done with a "grown up" philosophy aiding us
together with responsible teachers & leaders.
Young people themselves we MUST help not-to-be-too ideally despondent at what lies ahead,
at least they & we know just what the problem is & that localised action can be ideal in working
together peaceably & effectively towards a better goal of a better environment.
So we can & should learn how to use already the tools available to turn the coming mistakes
into a less problematic future, a future where a mistaken ideal world can lead us not just into
believing we have failed (before trying)) but also to see "fake failure" which makes us give-up
Incidently this has been the case in a less serious problem connected with how responsibly
Philosophy itself should have been proceeding for a long long time (its been proceeding
badly in a pseudo-ideal way, what has come to be known as a Non-critical hence a non
rational way. But that big problem is & has been rightly turned just-into-a-pastime, ideally
& unfortunately, because of the more dangerous immediate problem-of-the general overall
Environment described above. The environment hazards do look to be multiplying what
with the emerging concerns with plastic pollution -rapidly getting more into fish etcetera
causing more microplastic to enter all our physical bodies- and about radioactive waste
& contamination from toxic manmade materials (see for example the Fukashima accident
& release of deadly & long lasting isotopes).
Interested people may wish to read Elisabeth Kolbert's fine work called the Sixth Extinction
where the (ideal) implication concerns the future of the cultures of mankind -including very
broadly & very sketchily (necessarily so for just here one person, E. Kolbert's work) most
of the current life-on-Earth.
Perhaps a bit too-far-fetched & ideal for those of us who may well be "living it up" right now
& right here say on any other Yahoo category!
So again we must be cautious in not being too idealistically & contagiously mentally overawed
by the probably "culture shook" of all these problems & mistakes that are seemingly coming-
I myself well remember reading in the 1980's the semi-factual & critically rational work of
the sociologist (amateur or expert) Alvin Toffler.. whose book called "Future Shock" has a
lasting impact upon me & others at that time - he wrote about a coming future world which
was dangerously UNPLANNED & very very different from that of the carefree 80's too!
And perhaps Toffler was not-so-wrong after all !
Nevertheless... NONE of us were intended to live-in-such an ideal or idealistic world.
I myself have had to learn-to-modify my own philosophy expectations, in an "environmental
way" similar I guess to how scientists & other ordinary citizens are so doing right now.
They like us also have to Learn quicker & quicker & make small-but-significant learning
mistakes - just to see what can be done to help make this "ideal, problematic yet sensitive
world" a better one.
(critical-rational applied) "Environmental philosophy"