Why Do We Not Care About the Environment?

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Take a few seconds to look at the image above and ask yourself, what do you feel when you look at it?

As you can see, there are tons of garbage waste shown in the picture above, and it’s something that has been happening around us for a long time. Unfortunately, the amount of disposed waste around the world has increasing as time progresses, and it’s slowly affecting our lives. From Flash Floods, to the ever-impending threat of Global Warming, our world has slowly started to exhibit signs of change due to pollution. Our Mother Earth has been suffering but no one seems to care.

Deforestation, industrialization, and urbanization are one of the few main causes of environmental degradation. We know these actions should be prohibited, and steps are being taken to prevent these actions, but why aren’t there any significant changes?

We, as humans, are so self-centered, that we unconsciously damage the earth day by day. One of the reasons being is because of our self-actualization. In Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, environmental consciousness belongs to the highest level of needs which is the Self-actualization Needs. This is where people can see and accept reality as it is.

There are five stages of human needs in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and it explains the psychology behind human motivation. Physiological Needs goes first. According to the Hierarchy, the basic requirements that we need to survive are food, water, air, and sleep. The moment we get enough of these requirements will be the moment when we are motivated to move to the next stage, Safety Needs.