When people say that they protect nature, they do not mean to accept decease, walking speed and a house without a roof. Just like human development, the objective of environmental protection is a multi-layered one. And just like with human needs, its promotion requires more than a single motive.
There is also great misunderstanding about who is responsible for the pollution of the environment. Despite the many fingers pointing towards companies (whether oil, farming, construction or otherwise), industrialisation is primarily a more efficient way of satisfying human needs. Imagine the rampant destruction of the environment if everybody had a farm, a powerplant, a network of roads and a refinery in their back yards. The pointing of fingers and scapegoating is nevertheless widely accepted, and a deeper understanding of this mechanism is essential. Connected as it is to human needs and environmental protection, responsibility is already a complex aspect of environmental management. Without those ties it is as well. The ideals of equal rights, freedom of expression and of fair distribution also relate to responsibility.
Simplification – summary
In summary it can be concluded that environmental issues are mismanaged because they are oversimplified. It is characteristic of the environmental debate to set one side of this simplification against the other, resulting in unproductive polarisation between those involved. The first step you need to take is to disengage from that kind of debate and engage with the complexity of the issues. Disengaging in this way may seem foolish, as you may believe that an argument should be won, but it isn’t. As you step back, you are stepping into the unknown but that is not as bad as you may fear. You are stepping away from a solution that isn’t working for you.