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Disturbing Forces For Sustainability: Are We Lost?

by: Sharai Hoekema
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There are so many disturbing forces at play that we are at risk of not getting anything done altogether. The worst part is that all of these forces could do so much good for the world. If the politicians, industry leaders, and marketers could all put their money where their mouth is and make a serious attempt to be better, we would be in a much greener place. Instead, they lie and twist and make false claims that only make people wary of the concept of ‘sustainability.’ Disturbing Forces For Sustainability: Are We Lost?

Disturbing Forces: Communication

Just this morning, I was watching a TV show on the Discovery Channel. Aptly titled Air Traffic Investigation, it focuses on the causes of airplane crashes. In this particular episode, the crash of Air China Flight 129 in April 2002 was discussed. As it so often does, it turned out that it was an accumulation of smaller errors and, most importantly, communication problems. The pilots were requested to make a certain circling approach that they never practiced, while they did not comply with the checklist. Plus, the captain took over controls from the first officer at a particularly bad time, without informing his fellow pilot of what else needed to be done. 

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Air China Flight 129 (2002). Crashed into Mount Dotdae on approach to Gimhae Airport, South Korea. Deaths of 129.

Add to this a communication problem with the Air Traffic Control, where an inexperienced ATC controller did not give out proper instructions and failed to keep track of the plane, and it proved to be the recipe for a disaster in which 129 souls were lost. Extra salient detail is that the captain survived and, initially, kept insisting that nothing went wrong - except for the mountain that suddenly showed up that they crashed right into. 

Where am I going with this? Well, hold on. I am getting there. 

Whenever something goes horribly wrong in this world, be it an air crash or someone losing their job, there is always some kind of unbalance involved. Mostly due to communication issues, although it is too frequently related to our tendency to mislead too, let’s put it nicely, cover our behinds. If we are at risk of taking the fall for something, we are all too eager to keep up the pretense that it was not our fault and that there are external forces that are just too strong to fight against. 

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All too often, this very mindset also applies to sustainability. There are so many disturbing forces at play that we are at risk of not getting anything done altogether. Small scale initiatives and innovations galore, but none can - or seemingly willing to - step up to the plate and scale-up. Politicians who are caught in their own neatly spun webs of self-interest, re-election, and heavy reliance on lobbyists and industries that are perhaps good for their wallet and vote count, but certainly not for the environment.

Large Scale Polluting Industries

There is no other way of explaining away the industries that continue to pollute on large scales. They ought to be called back, but - once again, in fear of losing large donors and the voter’s sympathy - left to be. They continue to pollute as they go largely unchecked, every so often forced to make tiny adjustments in their way of doing things as incremental legislation is passed that puts some semblance of sustainability in action.

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Just look at some of the greatest polluters, including the transportation industry and energy companies. Their interests are often so intertwined with the country’s and economy that it seems nearly impossible to cut them loose without feeling the bleed throughout society. The only logical result is that the industries continue their polluting ways unhindered. These are really disturbing forces for sustainability: are we lost?

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Crooked Politicians And Lobbyists

Even worse than the industry leaders feigning innocence are the political leaders and the dreaded lobbyists. For one, the politicians have gone so crooked in their intentions that it is no longer possible to set their real agenda straight. While they might run an election on promises of greening up the major industries and switching to renewable energy, this seems to change when they take office. 

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The youthful, spirited campaign slogans are suddenly replaced by political, evasive answers seeking the ‘middle ground’ at every possible opportunity. At the same time, they find themselves surrounded by lobbyists who form the human border between said industries and politicians. Often paid handsomely for their services, they weasel their way into a seat at every possible negotiation table and meeting to make sure that their ‘expert opinion’ is heard. (Which, coincidentally, appears to be perfectly aligned with that of the industry leaders they represent.)


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Greenwashing

Much to be said about the polluting industries and crooked politicians. At least they are usually semi-upfront about what they do (or don’t do). The same can definitely not be said for many a marketeer in the field. Proud to present the despicable practice of greenwashing. Fancy world-saving slogans are damned; if you take most green initiatives and look at them closely, you will be quick to find that they are definitely not as great as they claim to be.

Greenwashing is the practice of brainwashing people to the point of making them believe something is green(ish). Taking the entire process into account - including resources used, processing, transportation, product footprint, recycling opportunities -, one will quickly find that sustainability as promised is, in fact, mostly meant as a marketing claim before anything else. In an attempt to appeal to consumers' ‘feel-good’ sentiment, real roots and practices are often hidden away to preserve a green image that is, at best, more of a muddy brown.

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The Force Is Weak In This One

The worst part is that all of the forces mentioned above could do so much good for the world. If the politicians, industry leaders, and marketers could all put their money where their mouth is and make a serious attempt to be better, we would be in a much greener place. Instead, they lie and twist and make false claims that only make people wary of the concept of ‘sustainability.’ It is no longer an ideal; it is some vague claim that people now use if they want to get their way. 

Surely that is not how it is supposed to be. We are well and truly lost. Leaders step up. We need you more than ever to guide us the right way, not the one paved by broken promises. Or else we might find ourselves crashing into the hillside head-first. 

Before you go!

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