Once upon a time when Mahi got a promotion and a pay raise,
she was super happy when she got back home and thought- " Now that I have
a good job I should get a better house but house rent in the city is pretty
expensive so I should look for a place in the urban suburbs.
I want a house with more space and room with a front lawn
and a good neighborhood, so what if they have to cut down another patch of
forest for my dream house?
But how will I deal with traveling back and forth from work
I am not going to use public transport because I have a car
and I can simply afford to pay the increasing fossil fuel prices so what if it
increases air pollution and mad traffic congestion in the city during rush
Also, the city's population has shot up and migrants from
rural areas are flooding the city which makes living congested and everyone
knows how polluted these city centers are. When I'll move to the outskirts I'll
protect myself from all this so what if the poorly planned outskirts eventually
become another city center with similar air and water pollution and housing
problems, then I'll just move to another suburb increasing the urban sprawl.
And by moving out I'll actually help in reducing the
population density of the urban centers so what if a huge area of intensively
cultivated farmland which is located just outside the city to provide the
immediate food supply will shrink to make way for a new residential area.
And every facility in the suburbs will be cheaper which
will make me neglect the long term consequences of my actions."
Now imagine millions of people thinking this way and saying
so what if the environment has to bear the cost of our lack of planning and
never satisfying greed for a better lifestyle.