Why So Serious?
Well, its a lot of things really. Becoming more aware is certainly one of them. The media is more "green" now than it ever was and its harder to stick your head in the sand as sustainable living goes more mainstream. Of course, it will never be truly a mainstream activity because there is no money to be made from it. But for me its mainly about my family.
There was a recent study done on children in Mexico. Researchers compared two groups of children aged 4-5 years. They all came from very similiar genetic, social and cultural backgrounds. However, one group lived in a communtiy where pesticides were used in their agriculture and the other group came from a community with a non chemical agricultural system.
Children in the exposed communiy showed significantly diminished stamina during physical tasks. Their co-ordination skills when asked to catch a ball, stand on one foot and jump in place were lower than the non-chemical group. Memory and creative ability was also impaired in the chemical group. For example the exposed children were less able to draw recognisable and representational figures and objects than the non-exposed children.
The researchers also saw that the exposed children were less creative in their play.
If you'd like to read this report and see the drawings each group did, Google the research. It was called In Harms Way:Toxic Threats to Child Development. If that report doesn't change your mind - then nothing will I guess.