28 June 2006


Check out this hilarious parody of mainstream environmentalism... it captures the spirit of how rich folks want to "preserve the environment..."

On a more serious note, I've been copying and pasting this short quote from Patrick Hossay's "Unsustainable", pages 35 and 36:
...population growth itself is not the problem; it is only a manifestation of a much greter problem -- the fundamental inequity of the world order. Rapid population growth is taking place in poor regions of the world, where an additional child provides extra income to help support the family and increases the chance that enough children will survive to take care of the parents as they grow old. In fact, the best means of reducing population is increased economic and educational opportunities, particularly for women. So, population growth can be seen as a result of the gross inequities of the world.

Yet the trouble is not really population in itself. The issue is not really about how many people are on the planet; it's about how much pressure these people put on the earth's resources. That is where things get complicated. The average American, over her or his lifetime, will account for 13 times the environmental damage of the average Brazilian and 280 times more than the average Haitian. The amount of space needed to produce the food, material, and energy consumed by the average American is twelve times as great as that for the average person living in the world's poorest countries. Overall, a child born in the United States will add more pollution and waste to the earth over her or his lifetime than forty to seventy children born in the impoverished world. And yet it is the poor who will feel the most devastating consequences of this pollution. This is not simply a 'cruel twist of fate,' a necessary evil, or even an unfortunate side effect of a fundamentally fair system; it is built into the game -- an integral component of the global system. The wealth and massive consumption of a small minority of the world's people is dependent on the poverty, marginalization, and environmenal injury of a majority of the earth's population, and the system is designed to ensure that this inequity continues.
The world needs to be educated about how meaningfully environmental degradation is a problem of the division of humanity into social classes...


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