Saturday, August 29, 2009
The Overarching Goal of Project Jatropha
Dear followers of Project Jatropha,
As you all know, Project Jatropha is an undertaking that aims to aid poor farmers in the Hunsur Taluk region and alleviate rural poverty and environmental destruction. But it can be said that the real, overarching goal of the project is to provide an example to other members of my generation who think about taking initiatives in their communities. There are individuals out there who undoubtedly have incredible humanitarian or environmentally geared ideas, but who are not sure whether or not to actually take action. Yet, in such a time, when a perfect storm of crises (including, but not limited to the fresh water crisis, peak oil, climate change, poverty, resource depletion, massive amounts of environmental destruction, and overpopulation), there can, and must not be a shortage of good ideas and young people who will take the lead in building the infrastructure of a new, more stable, cleaner, and better earth for us and future generations. We must fix the problems that have accumulated due to the actions of previous generations, but in doing so must also create a better world for future generations. There is no second chance now, because the fate of the world, and all of its inhabitants, be they animal, plant, or human, rests within the hands of this generation. The cost of failure is extinction, but the price of winning is a better world for all, including the future generations. We owe it to them to give them an earth that is more harmonious, instead of a barren, tainted wasteland that we are so close to creating as I speak. Er, type. Actually, post, but you get the point.