While the coronavirus is rightfully at the top of most everyone’s mind, I believe there’s a valuable lesson hidden in it. I coined a phrase several years back that many people still remind me about, that speaks succinctly to what we’ve done to this magnificent, and most importantly, one-of-a-kind planet that we call Earth. And it pertains especially to the United States. And that is: “We’re a country consumed by consumption.”
It's much more than just “Keeping up with the Jones” or “retail therapy.” There’s something else that seems to compel people to shop . . . for anything, whether they need that “anything” or not. And that compulsion has only been made that much easier with the advent of the Internet; especially the eight-million pound gorilla in the rain forest. Point, click, there tomorrow.
But all that ease comes at a steep cost. A very steep cost. And it’s not the monetary implication of so many smaller retail stores going under. And, thanks in part to people staying out of stores due to Covid 19, some larger chains, such as J. Crew, are feeling the pain.
Speaking of the Amazon . . . and this comes from MSN.com: "Rampant deforestation, uncontrolled expansion of agriculture, intensive farming, mining and infrastructure development, as well as the exploitation of wild species have created a 'perfect storm' for the spillover of diseases from wildlife to people."
We’ll explore what one country is doing to help address that . . . and restore, and in some cases, create jobs in this new reality we find ourselves in. Check back tomorrow.