compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
economy is killing the earth, and the model by which it can be achieved,
to ensure the survival of LIFE on EARTH, which task has been granted
to us as the dominant conscious animals we are.
Susan George has said in her recent New Scientist Special report:
We must think big to fight environmental disaster ...
OUR poor battered world is beset by multiple crises. There is mass poverty, and growing inequality within and between rich and poor countries. The financial disaster which began with sub-prime mortgages has spread inexorably throughout the US and elsewhere, threatening to plunge the global economy into a prolonged period of stagnation as severe as the Depression. Most ominous of all, climate change and species destruction are accelerating faster than most scientists, much less governments, thought possible.
These crises feed back into and intensify each other. After years of irresponsible "innovation", huge financial institutions are bailed out by the public purse and top management takes the money and runs, while millions lower down lose their jobs and often their homes. Seeing the housing balloon shrivel, speculators stampede into commodities markets, spurring the rise of food and energy prices. Dramatically higher prices for staples plunge another 150 million people globally into destitution.
Scale is the problem, and our task is to promote a quantitative and qualitative leap in the scale of environmental action, recognising that big can be not beautiful but crucial if we hope to avert the worst.
As a wise man said:
"All for ourselves and nothing for other people seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind."
Herman E. Daly, an American economist recognized as one of the founders of the field of ecological economics and as a critic of standard economic growth theory, has said in his recent New Scientist Special report:
On a road to disaster
The idea of moving to a steady-state economy will appear radical to many, perhaps policitically impossible. But the alternative, a macro-economy that is structurally required to grow in scale beyond the biophysical limits of the EARTH, is an absurdity, and heading for the ultimate crash. Before we reach that radical physical limit, we are already encountering the economic limit at which benefits of extra growth are increasingly outweighed by the costs.
The recent problems with the global financial system are absolute testament to both of these perspectives and support whole-heartedly the solution designs promulgated by Colin Mason, in his epic work: A SHORT HISTORY OF THE FUTURE, based on his two axioms ...
Useful change is likely to come only if it can provide as, equal, obvious and general a benefit as possible
If proposed solutions don't take the lowest common denominators of human nature reallistically into account, they will not work
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