You can save your best friend from going on a bad date.
You can save your children from eating brussel sprouts.
You can save the plants in your living room from drying out.
What you can’t save is the planet.
It doesn’t need you to save it.
When you talk about ‘saving the planet’, the sentence implies, rather unconscious than conscious, the following ideas:
- You imply that you can control the planet, you put yourself in a superior position to the planet.
- At the same time, you put yourself in the position of being the hero. All hero journey’s though are focused on one person. You are not going to ‘save the planet’ by yourself.
- ‘To save’ is a metaphor that comes from the economic system. You save money. For later. And how many of us are actually good in saving?
Even if species are dying, forests are destroyed, the oceans acidify, and the air pollutes, the planet will recover, once we are gone. Whom we need to save is not the planet, but ourself.