Ok let me explain myself clearly so that you understand what the premises are all about.
Premise 1, we want to save ourselves by save the earth through finding efficient and sustainable energy sources so that we don't deplete and pollute the earth (our home and other living things'). Premise 2, we should distribute resources to help with family planning, education, health care, etc. Family planning is to deal with the problem of overpopulation. People from poor countries tend to have more children as compared to developed country. Italy for example has the lowest birth rate in the world. The explanation for having many children is they contribute economically to the family, and since they have to deal with poverty, they don't have access to medical services the children tend to not survive. So having more children seems logical. But having more children means an increase in population. Overpopulation is very bad for the environment as the human consumption of resources increase. So when we are dealing with poor countries, we are dealing with a host of interrelated problems. Education, school education and education regarding using contraceptive methods as means for birth control. Health care will save lives-if poverty, family planning, education, and health care are dealt with, they won't need to produce many children. So if we want to save ourselves, we must also try to save others [to live for oneself is ignorance]. So premise 1 and 2 are linked. For premise 1 to work, premise 2 must follow.
Now premise 3 will work if premise 2 is followed. When human beings are well-off, educated (not ignorant for example recognizing how his actions affect everything around him), and such through premise 2, we will know not to mess with the environment and its animals. When human beings are not well off, we tend to mess up the environment which in turn will create more problems. Premise # 4, if we want to save ourselves by not polluting and depleting the earth of its resources, we should give/distribute resources (premise #2)-instead of greed, we want compassion.
Once again greed, anger, and ignorance are the root cause of all human problems. And man cannot separate himself from his environment for his environment is not habitable, he will not survive. And in order to save himself, he must save others. Like a body, all the organs must be well and functioned together. We cannot ignore our liver if it is ill. So we cannot ignore others when they need our help.
Astus wrote:"Infinite source of energy" does not exist, especially not on Earth.
Astus, I don't know about infinite source of energy. But we must fix what's at stake right now. And the root cause of that is greed, anger, and ignorance. At least we are recognizing what that we are the problem.
Keeping population low (it's already too high) and living in a rural environment would mean a sustainable livelihood where small communities can live on locally produced food and move regularly to arable land until the used land regenerates. That's quite medieval and would require a global catastrophe to reduce humanity into such a culture.
No, we will not going back to medieval era. We are discussing about what we should or need to do right now to fix the current situation. So I don't understand where you came up with this.
Another option - if we want to believe in the salvational nature of science - is to reach a higher technical development, like in the Star Trek universe, that brings with itself the cultural change and so even money disappears. Religions, however, have already proven to be ineffective as social forces, same with other ideological systems, the reason for that is probably in the diversity of humans and opinions.
What? Star Trek world is your fantasy. We are not even discussing anything remotely closed to what you are saying. And religion? Who said anything about religion? Premise 4 is clear-giving/distribution. But I had to gloss it with the term compassion. And since it is Buddhist teachings, I have to make it relevant so that we can understand. But we can definitely avoid using Buddhist terms. And we are not forcing Buddhism in anyone's throat.
You talk about what does not work-this is how you condition your mind to think, and it will not work. Why don't you talk about something that could work. After all we are the problem, I don't see why we can't be the answer. Like finding a common ground that we can all work on regardless of what religion, creed, or background that you are with. And if we can do this, then it will work. It's not about Buddhism alone can do this. No, we all inhabit this earth coming from different background and religions, so all have to work together that is if we want to fix human problems. It's not about my religion or your religion...it is not bad to have discussion like this.
What the hell have you been smoking?