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It is true that future generations will 'pay' for our misbehaviour, but
July 11th, 2012
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illustration (attribution, if any possible, is at the end of the article)

It is true that future generations will 'pay' for our misbehaviour, but… that doesn't push many people to change how they act, precisely because they get the feelings they won't be the ones 'paying' (hence selfish interest doesn't kick in). The key point is that we are already paying now and will ourselves pay a lot lot more 'til we die!

Connection to #karma  ?
Here it is: the more one sticks to an unwholesome habit, the more often one will meet the consequences… That's not a 'retribution' law, it's just logic: no one can control conditions and circumstances enough to avoid forever the consequences of what one creates.
Additionally, the more one sticks to an unwholesome habit, the more one perpetuates the bad habit  [e.g. by the easy excuse "so many others pollute, what will my tiny personal contribution change?"  Where using such an excuse is really bad is that, by using it to continue polluting, we then provide the same excuse for others to continue polluting, which will feed in turn our own excuse… someone has to cut the chain, and this someone can only be ourselves since that's the only behaviour we can decide!] This perpetuation is the cyclic, painful saṃsāra itself, don't look anywhere else for it, it's the perfect example of how our illusion of an independent self, our preferences and our mental constructs combine to perpetuate suffering!
Karma comes from intention, and as long as we use excuses not to change, it's clear we don't really intend to change (regardless of words and claims and adverts and eco-labels saying otherwise), and if we don't intend to change then we'll naturally face the consequences of continuing our pollution.
Eating our own garbage is a fantastic expression of karma.

#buddhistcircle  
by Ali Adelstein:
When we pollute the sea, we pollute for a long time

At least 260 species of sea life are known to eat non-biodegradable plastic materials. In examining hundreds of lanternfish, Scientists found as many as 83 plastic fragments in their stomachs. These lanternfish just happen to be a major food source for tuna and mahi-mahi. Plastic in the ocean won't break down for 600 years. So at the rate we're going, we'll be eating our own garbage for a long, long time.

Info graphic ➜ goo.gl/tS8I8 - TED Talk ➜ goo.gl/shnCy - Article ➜ goo.gl/prDW4

Image by Surfrider Foundation via goo.gl/wdXO9 and goo.gl/QPR5a