Edit: The reason this problem is connected to the dhamma is because
- We need a planet on witch to practice the dhamma
- Being efficient and saving a lot of money is important since buddhism is the most expensive religion in the west
- Not living in cities greately increases the distance from home to dhamma center. Many americans complain about long distances they need to drive to arrive at a dhamma center. The problem would be greatly reduced by living in cities.
Despite many americans being environmentalist, extremely few are aware about the biggest missalocation of human resources in modern times: building suburbia conglomerates instead of cities. USA and UK are the only countries in the world who do not have cities. Even in africa, people live in cities.
Being an environmentalist but not being aware about this problem is a little like having the biggest SUV available on the market and putting a “green peace” bumper sticker on it, while genuinely having no clue that the Suv might be a problem because nobody informed you. It is incredible to live in the only place on eath without cities, and have no idea about it.
I’ll post below the post from another thread about the problem + some related documentary and Ted talk.
What I would support in US right now is not pollution regulation, in witch US is leading the world. The problem of US and UK is being brutally energy inefficient because of having suburbia instead of cities. That is consuming at least 5 times more resources than a city. Only in US and UK the suburbia phenomenon developed because of some strange historical conditions. Everywhere else in the world people live in cities. US has only 2 cities (New York and Chicago)
It is strange to see nobody is doing anything about the elephant in the room while big parts of the population being environmentalist. I know there is a movement called Gentrification taking place, but that is something very small that will take like 1000 years to fix the problem by the pace it is going.
US petrol consumption per capita is something like 35 vs 8 in Europe mainly because of this problem. There is also extreme waste in terms of house heating and house construction materials. And it is proven that people are much more depressed in such an environment because of many reasons. People have lived in cities ever since antiquity, that is the natural mode of human habitation. The suburbia phenomenon happen due to a combination of a myriad of strange factors and historical conditions, it was not a natural development.
What point is there in reducing pollution by 1% through regulation on business, when you are wasting at least 5 times more resources and also polluting at least 5 times more due to being the only country in the world not having cities ?
There is a movement made out of urbanist and achitects in the US complaining about this problem and making documentaries about it, but the population is mostly unaware of it. They don’t realize US and UK are the only countries without cities on this whole round globe. It’s quite shocking to have such an obvious problem such as being the only place in the world without cities, but having no clue about it.