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HOW DO WE SELL OUR MOTHER - indeedBY Challenging Conventional WisdomsThings are hotting up; and not just in terms of soaring temperatures. Politicians, opinion-formers, economists and business gurus all seem
now to be jockeying for pole position in the climate change debate. It
is almost as if, simply by demonstrating their supposed credentials and
commitment, the ‘answer’ and with it salvation, will be found.The
‘solutions’ to climate change repeatedly proferred by Western leaders,
think-tanks and board rooms – technical fixes, managerial
reorganisations and diktats from on high … recall the workings and mindset of defunct communist regimes.Put
aside political ideology, however, and the notion that technocratic,
scientific and political elites have ’the answers’ by dint of their
societal standing, practically ensures that the
one thing rarely opened up to further examination is what drives their
self-referential interests, values, hierarchies, mores, or - for
that-matter - epistemologies, in the fist place. Even
less discussed is the possibility that it might be exactly these
imperatives which are acting as an intertial brake on meaningful
action, or, worse still, lie at the very not of why we are in these dire straits. Mark Levene & David Cromwell June 2007BE ASSURED our new masters of the globe are saying to us “rest assured we are not intent on destroying the world, but doing everything in our power to save it.” BUT the truth is that we must all individually and collectively question that assumption; and must do so by challenging
the social, economic and political parameters within which these
diverse elite actors (celebrities of al) assume a basis for action (or
inaction) on climate change. The essential inadequacy of the elite position rests on an unwillingness, indeed inability, to accept the concept of a LIVING-EARTH or anthropogenic
climate change as an inevitable consequence of their self-interested
obsession with the need for ever continuing growth of our globalising
economic system. ONLY by rethinking the operating premises of that are we likely to have any chance of moving towards a safer and more sustainable future.
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