Mother earth has brought us to our knees. These are difficult times but we need to look at the possibilities. I have been struck at the crying doom combined with every effort to get back on the old economic horse. Yes, things are bad for the human project, but this is an opportunity we can not let pass. The environment is in dire straits; global warming, over fishing the ocean, death spots in the oceans, compromised human heath from plastics, VOCs and other pollutants, plastic gyres in the ocean, dying insects, on and on. It’s a nightmare. So oil production is down, .. Yeah!! Meanwhile, the skies are clearing, pollution is down, the waters are clearing, fish are returning. Some will say I must be a socialist. No, but we have to think of some other way. Capitalism in its current form is killing us. On the small local level, capitalism seems to work well. But on the large scale, the externalities becomes unmanageable. Assumptions that work with a smaller population, don’t work globally with billions of people. The efficiencies that we laud in capitalism, have all sorts of negative implications for resilience for people and the environment ( e.g. soil). Let’s discuss the future of possibilities. Now is the time.
I agree. Small scale local capitalism is workable. Large scale, global corporate capitalism, accountable only to shareholders for creating profit at any cost, is not sustainable, and is destroying the planet. Corporations are not people! They have no conscience, no morality, no feelings. When money is the only way to keep score, we are playing at a losing game.
I’m not sure if your title was a typo or witty, could be either or both. We love our corvidae here in Alaska, they are able to overwinter by controlling their metabolism (a la Wim Hoff), they’re brilliant scavengers and problem solvers, and make an amazing range of sounds.
Yes, we need a smaller footprint, but it’s probably going to suck on the way down. I’d love to see a US presidential candidate say, I will shrink the economy, institute harder physical labor and less gourmet coffee. The last time we really were faced with this choice was when Jimmy Carter came on TV wearing a sweater and said ‘lets turn down our thermostats in winter.’ He was promptly voted out of office and reviled.
Unfortunately I think we’ll have to learn the hard way on this way through pain and only after catastrophic failures. Still the PP community is valuable to me for 1) helping me navigate it to lessen the pain for me and my family and 2) as much as possible being a resource for my community by having sustainable ideas to offer. (but only when asked and while trying to stay ‘grey.’)