Since the beginnings of modern environmentalism, a few decades ago, many things have been changing. We have learned a lot about the impact of human activity on the planetary ecosystem. There were also great technological advances aimed at minimizing the tremendous environmental impact that we cause with each of the activities we develop.
An interesting example is that of energy. The constant increase in energy consumption, threatened by the imminent exhaustibility of resources and the alarm light turned on by climate change, have pushed some of the large companies in the sector to produce technological innovations aimed at taking advantage of renewable energy sources.
But many other issues, such as the correct use of water, the reduction and reuse of waste, the extraction of metals or deforestation, still maintain incredible levels of cultural and technological backwardness.
Clearly, for companies and governments to take action on some issues, collapse must look close and be truly daunting.
We have always known that the sole purpose of companies in a capitalist system is the maximization of their economic benefits. That is why it is very difficult to think that from this sector, an altruistic and spontaneous interest arises to minimize the negative environmental impact that they generate at the cost of a possible reduction in their profits.
So, it would be reasonable to think that the key to this door that leads us to a change of course, towards a planet that produces and consumes in a more environmentally friendly way, is found in the States. Those States whose primary objective is, or at least should have it, the well-being of their peoples. Both the present and the future who inhabit their territories.
But these States, or rather, the Governors in charge of making decisions in those States, are usually pressured in different ways by companies, or bribed by them, in order not to produce changes that could harm them. If the State or the Government are weak or corrupt, they will not have the will or the strength to face these pressures and make the decisions that, in order to improve the well-being of their peoples, may in some way face the interests of the sector. business.
And how can a state be strengthened? With the support of civil society. But not in elections, but on a daily basis. With the work of the NGOs, with education and awareness. With a people that understands the present or future benefits of each measure that it adopts and supports them with determination. With a people in a column behind the idea that things can change, that a better world is possible and that we have the power to achieve it.
That strengthening, that contract between the Government and the people, can be born from one side or the other, it is not that in short the most important thing, but that it is forged and generates in each one the desire and the decision to contribute every day a grain of sand so that this fantasy becomes more and more possible, more real.