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Let’s face it; humans are (for the most part) inherently lazy.  Given several different options, we will almost always choose the quick and easy path.  We have been following the easy street to comfortable living standards and economic growth since the industrial revolution eradicated the need for subsistence living.
I can’t help but wonder how entire generations could have possibly ignored the obvious limits to Earth’s resources and need for sustainability.  Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth comes to mind.  I think the title says it all: it’s inconvenient!  Changing our consumption habits to be more sustainable is just too hard because that’s not the way we’ve always done things.  In addition, a lot of people became very, very rich from exploiting coal, oil, deforestation, toxic chemicals, and other environmental nightmares.
 
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