Even as recently as 20 - 30 years ago, I think most people had the attitude that the earth was basically indestructible and whatever we threw at it, it was capable of cleaning itself up. I mean, dump a barrel of industrial waste into a river and in a short time it has been diluted to the point where it is barely detectable. And at some level this is true. The earth is extremely resilient and has systems that can clean up some amount of damage.
However, it has become increasingly clear in recent years that while the earth does have the ability to clean itself somewhat, human activity is totally overwhelming natural processes. In addition, we are developing products that the earth was never designed (not an ID argument ) to deal with (such as PCBs).
Once again we see that there is no "away" and when you "throw something away" all you really do is relocate it.
Good point. We are certainly a "throw away" society. Consumer products are designed to be short-lived, and rather than repaired, they are simply disposed of. Not to mention packaging. What a trashy society we live in
Whoever calls me ignorant shares my own opinion. Sorrowfully and tacitly I recognize my ignorance, when I consider how much I lack of what my mind in its craving for knowledge is sighing for... I console myself with the consideration that this belongs to our common nature. - Francesco Petrarca
"Nothing is easier than to persuade people who want to be persuaded and already believe." - another Petrarca gem.
Ignorance is a most formidable opponent rivaled only by arrogance; but when the two join forces, one is all but invincible.