I believe each and every one of us has been given the option of making choices. However, since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the vast agri-farming operations and the demands of the oil and gas industry, too many considerations for our wonders of creation have been brushed aside for the benefit of only growth and profit.
Repeatedly, we have been warned that, as humans, we are on a dangerous path. We subordinate ecological concerns to the demand of the economy, political and personal ambitions. The planet can no longer sustain such a relationship and needs to heal.
We can see that life is a cycling phenomenon which forms within a single system. Nothing stands alone - no individual, species or community - for in a cycle each thing and each event in one way or another is connected with everything else. All of us are but strands in the web of life and what we do to the web, we ultimately do to ourselves. This was very evident in the TV program, when the First Nations people spoke out as to what was taking place in their communities and how things had changed. And the changes were not good.
Once we accept this simple understanding and dedicate a commitment to improve our ways; there is always the hope that mankind will survive. Otherwise, if we choose to continue on our present collision path with nature,we will perish in the holocaust that we, as humans, have created. The operations of the tar sands is an excellent example of destruction initiated by humans.
This would be an excellent time to redefine the word, "progress" and contemplate the consequences of future actions in a sober and respectful manner.