America 's Postindustrial Western Culture

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America’s postindustrial western culture has afforded many citizens with a quality of life that that can sometimes blind them from the realities of the social, political, and environmental injustices that the majority of the world is suffering from. Sheltered from these exploited countries, we are generally left to rely on the often bias and sensationalized media to inform our nation. Only when destruction lies before us are we humbled and inspired to implement change. Events that open unknowing eyes to vulnerability are the ones that shift the public interest. This catalyst can include anything from a terrorist attack to a natural disaster, or in this case, a drought. The California drought is a perfect testament to this. Back in…show more content…
Though most are blaming the drought for these frustrating new norms, the farmers are not buying it. Not with controversial legalities such as the Endangered Species Act blatantly standing in between them and available water. Environmental regulations and the United States laws are receiving backlash for their representation of the resources exploited by human production. Though farmers and consumers will be forced to continue to adapt, regulations protecting highly underrepresented species and habitats should not be overlooked in order for Americans to continue to live blind to the fact that resources are limited. We can only resist adapting to accommodate species other than ourselves for so long before reality humbles us to the point of our own devastation.
The California Delta Smelt are a species of fish that exclusively inhabit the San Francisco Bay area. Known for this and smelling like cucumbers, these little guys are not much of a force to be reckoned with. That is, until 2007, when the species was finally listed and afforded maximum protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Endangered Species Act was created, as the second section declares, to “conserve” both “the ecosystems upon which endangered species and threatened species depend” and the species themselves, because rare species retain “esthetic, ecological, educational, historical, recreational, and scientific value” (Freyfogle 233). This idea of protecting a species from extinction
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