What Have We Done?

There’s a great article on titled “The Ecology of Work” by Curtis White.

My argument is simply that the threats to humans and the threats to the environment are not even two parts of the same problem. They are the same problem. For environmentalism, confronting corporations and creating indignant scientific reports about pollution is the easy stuff. But these activities are inadequate to the real problems, as any honest observer of the last thirty years of environmental activism would have to concede. The “last great places” cannot be preserved. We can no more preserve them than we can keep the glaciers from melting away. Responding to environmental destruction requires not only the overcoming of corporate evildoers but “self-overcoming,” a transformation in the way we live. A more adequate response to our true problems requires that we cease to be a society that believes that wealth is the accumulation of money (no matter how much of it we’re planning on “giving back” to nature), and begin to be a society that understands that “there is no wealth but life,” as John Ruskin put it. That is the full dimension and the full difficulty of our problem.

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This Is What Collapse Looks Like

There are countless examples of the collapse already showing itself. New Zealand has some of the highest fuel costs in the world. Costa Rica is already experiencing blackouts due to drought. India is threatening power cuts, as is Tiawan, & Columbia. Denver is running very low on gasoline. $4 gasoline is expected this year. Gasoline inventories are at an 18 month low (we only have 24 days of fuel on hand in the entire country).

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Ecuador Seeks Compensation For Not Drilling In Amazon

This is an interesting story.  Ecuador is asking the international community to help it not drill for oil in the heart of the Amazon.

Some years ago, I had read a proposal where the international community had a responsibility to protect the natural resources in fragile environments like the Amazon. The only way to truly protect them was to pay the host countries to not exploit their own resources.  It appears that this is the route that Ecuador is now taking.

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Oceans May NOT Be Carbon Sinks

This is startling news, because it radically changes the outcome of carbon emmission solutions. Most people believe that the ocean serves as a “carbon sink”, storing excessive carbon dioxide in the ocean and sediments themselves. Not so, according to a new study.

If the oceans do not store carbon dioxide as once thought, then hoping or planning for the oceans to rectify our excessive emmissions may prove to be futile.

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My website has a FAQ (frequently asked questions page) which I’ve now updated with a new section, The World and Our Future.

I get a fair number of question regarding my thoughts on this subject. Sometimes I point them to the blog or the old forum, other times I don’t say much. Scaring people isn’t particularly productive, and I’ve learned over time that you pretty much have to let people figure things out for themselves, it’s the only way they’ll develop a vested interest.

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