The richer we are and the more we consume, the more self-centred and careless of the lives of others we appear to become.
Even if you somehow put aside the direct, physical impacts of rising consumption, it’s hard to understand how anyone could imagine that economic growth is a formula for protecting the planet. So what we seem to see here is the turning of a vicious circle. The more harm we do, the less concerned about it we become. And the more hyper consumerism destroys relationships, communities and the physical fabric of the Earth, the more we try to fill the void in our lives by buying more stuff.
All this is accompanied in the rich anglophone nations with the extreme neoliberalism promoted by both press and politicians, and a great concentration of power in the hands of the financial and fossil fuel sectors, which lobby hard, in the public sphere and in private, to prevent change.
How we break the circle and wake people out of this dream world is the question that all those who love the living planet should address.
There will be no easy answers. To succeed is to destroy ourselves. To fail is to destroy ourselves. That is the bind we have created.
Ignore if you must climate change, biodiversity collapse, the depletion of water, soil, minerals, oil; even if all these issues were miraculously to vanish, the mathematics of compound growth make continuity impossible.
Iron ore production has risen 180% in ten years. The trade body Forest Industries tell us that “global paper consumption is at a record high level and it will continue to grow.” If, in the digital age, we won’t reduce even our consumption of paper, what hope is there for other commodities?
Any market-based system to save the planet generates a clash between profit and protecting nature and it is usually resolved in favour of business. Just look at the price of carbon credits £2.80 below junk bonds.
All systems of Governments are flawed, but those that are controlled by private money are reduced to a subsidiary of the human economy. Nature is worthy of protection when it is profitable to business.
NOW I AM NOT THE ONLY PERSON ADVOCATING CHANGE.
THE PROBLEM IS COMBINING ALL THE VOICES INTO ONE THAT WILL HAVE AN EFFECT.
It is time that people matter more than profit.
The Foreign Exchange Market which is largely unregulated is $5.3 trillion a day. Just think what we could be achieved by a World Aid Commission of 0.05% . See previous Posts.
If you have any suggestions as to how we can achieve a United World Voice I am all ears.