The July 7/July 14, 2008 issue of NEWSWEEK magazine have a special report about environmental problems along with the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit.
I haven't been reading these bit heavy materials and expected to consume lots of time to read them, but it was not so hard as I imagined thanks for Tadoku.
I can grasp the broad idea without a dictionary, and I checked two or three words each page in a dictionary to understand in details.
As for the articles, so many striking facts and devastating situations, such as water shortage in Africa, are reported, and I'm overwhelmed by the fact that there are some, who happen to be living in a developed country and have no fear to enjoy a secure and comfortable life, on the contrary, many are struggling and starving for only a cup of clean water.
I try to have an environmental conscious lifestyle and not to waste food and energy, but I often feel hopeless that such a tiny action doesn't pay enough to change terrible conditions not in the least.
Having this hopeless mood, I kept reading the articles, and Whoa! at the very end of the feature articles, I found the one I need the most to settle my mind.
This article begins, 'I'm so tired of being green.'
Yes, this is it. This is the voice in my mind too.
What's the point to separate tiny amount of burnable material and plastics products at every household when tons of new unnecessary plastics products are made.
Does my good intention count in some ways?
The article says this 'I'm so tired of being quilted into being green' mentality is defined 'eco-anxiety'-worries not just about the planet's health but also about their own environmental inadequacies-, in the new field, eco-psychology.
Knowing that I'm not the only one who get demoralized was a relief.
Oh, well, no need to be irritated...
Bit more hotter summer and high oil price surely awaken everybody to think,
if our children and grandchildren can survive on this earth after 100 years from now...