Today many countries celebrate Earth Day. A noble act, and protecting our planet is vital. But be wary of negative and limiting memes that often surround this cause…
Conventional thinking is seldom very insightful, and sometimes the surface problems aren’t the real causes. And the answer is not moving backwards.
The planet is made up mostly of water. Yet kids die of thirst every day. That is a crime. But it’s not because it’s a water shortage. It’s because the process of desalinizing water has not become viable enough to work everywhere in the world. Like a lot of challenges, the answer lies in innovation.
There are those who would make you feel guilty for driving your car, reading a print newspaper, or even using electricity. But even if everyone agreed to forsake all cars, boats, trains, planes and go back to candlelight (and good luck selling this idea) – the world would still be facing serious problems, just from the growing population.
Over the next decade we will face some of the most daunting problems humankind has ever seen. We need better ways to grow food, supply energy, build shelter, travel and many other things. But the solutions will come from moving forward, not backward. The free enterprise system fosters innovation and inventions, and these are the things that create solutions.
So celebrate Earth Day. Just know the best way to save Mother Earth is with the power of ideas.