Our environmental mess is a result of our economic mess
Our environmental situation can be boiled down to the fact that we consume way beyond our means. We consume way beyond our means because we had access to stupid credit and we have to pay it down (or not, looks like we'll all be paying for these people's debt). Michelle Singletary of the Washington post in her latest column had this Q&A with the most intelligent thing I've read so succinctly:
Q: Why did you say student loans are not good? As long as you're paying them back, what's the deal?
A: The deal is, it's debt.
Debt = bondage.
If we rethink our economics, or environment will follow.