Addiction to Fossil Fuels, Austerity for the Poor, Barack Obama, Capitalism, Climate Change, Collapse of Industrial Civilization, Consumerism, Corporate State, Corporatocracy, Ecological Overshoot, Economic Collapse, Economic Growth, Empire, Environmental Collapse, Extinction of Man, Financial Elite, Globalization, Gross Inequality, Inverted Totalitarianism, Mass Die Off, Privatization, Regulatory Capture, The Elite 1%, The Illusion of Money, unwashed public, Wall Street Fraud, War for Profit
In order to understand why the world is locked into a blind stampede over a cliff, you have to understand how the world runs, i.e. its socio-economic system. A large percentage of the population doesn’t understand that the world is ruled by multinational corporations or that the citizenry are simply disposable pawns with no voice in their fate.
The capital that flows around the world, betting on essential staples of life and demanding that barbaric austerity measures be imposed upon the masses, is an entity of its own. It’s a massively destructive force that enslaves people and rips apart the environment. In the Banana Republic of America where a once thriving middle class was sold down the river, nearly half of workers will have a budget of $5 per day when they reach retirement age. Maybe McDonald’s will create a 99 cent meal to cash in on that starving demographic. Oh, they already have…
As far as the environment goes, it is a doormat for the creation of money:
To get a better understanding of America’s place in the global corporatocracy which is ushering in the social and environmental apocalypse, we turn to the author of ‘The Elements of the Corporatocracy‘ and his blog where he posted ‘How the U.S. Corporatocracy Fits in the Global Scheme‘, an excerpt of which follows:
When you have such an immovable supersystem of puppet governments and marauding transnational corporations running the show, radical movements questioning and trying to change the status quo are easily co-opted or crushed, a recent example being the Occupy movement. In a world where extinction of the human species is guaranteed by climate chaos and the myriad of other crises created by industrial capitalism, a slow and incremental regimen of change is not what is needed to stave off collapse. Unfortunately, the entrenched interests of the financial elite and the nation-states they control won’t allow for any sort of abrupt and profound transformation. As Professor Julian Cribb has correctly identified, a culture of money worship and the mass delusion of money’s illusory value is at the heart of the global crisis. The high priests of money are protected at the expense of all else:
Show me a democracy that has an impoverished public life and I will show you one dominated by oligarchs and plutocrats driven by profit maximization that will do anything to get over. Gangster activity is what it is. Scandal after scandal and when you get caught, you PAY MONEY, you don’t go to jail. Plutocrats wage class war, getting away with CRIMES (mortgage fraud, market manipulation, insider trading, securities fraud) every day. But get caught with a bag of weed in the hood and you are in the system, for LIFE. ~ Cornell West
For humans living under such a capitalist society, money determines whether you can eat or not, whether you have shelter or not, whether you can clothe yourself or not, or whether you can afford medical treatment or not. Quite literally, if you have no money in a capitalist society, you die. Money in today’s globalized capitalist system is everything.
When President Obama speaks about confronting climate change, he does so with the mindset of keeping the current capitalist power structure in place. Because of this self-defeating approach, everything he says is rendered useless rhetoric.
Putting aside the gross social inequalities and injustices of our current system, you tell me how we can avert disaster with the following realities:
Without changing the socio-economic system under which we live, no real solutions for the multiple civilization-ending crises we face can be properly addressed. There is an expiration date for this unending conversion of the natural world into fake symbols of wealth hoarded and squandered by a greedy few…
Nice chart here of the incestuous connections between government/corporations: http://www.howweknowus.com/2009/03/01/graphing-wall-street-with-littlesisorg/
getting back to you “chemicals are wrecking the world” posts:
Thanks for that link. I’ll watch it as soon as my internet problem at home is fixed.
If you kill someone you get punished…..If you rape someone you get punished.
Industrial Society has tortured, slaughtered and decimated millions of species….Industrial Society has raped the entire planet [Forests, Villages, Tribal Land, Rivers, Lakes, Oceans, The Sky and Atmosphere] with Industrial Activity.
** No punishment for the biggest crime on earth???? **
** No punishment for the crime which is billions of times bigger than the next biggest crime on earth???? **
**Promoters of Growth Rate, Economy Rate and GDP are the biggest killers, murderers and terrorists on earth.**
**No punishment for the People and Institutions that have destroyed the planet in the name of Progress, Growth and Development????**
No punishment for poisoning the planet with trillions of tonnes of Metal Waste, Plastic Waste, Chemical waste, Gaseous waste, eWaste and Nuclear Waste????
No punishment for killing billions of acres of fertile soil [that was the source of food to millions of species] with Cement, Concrete and Asphalt????
No punishment for decimating fish in the oceans????…..No punishment for turning oceans acidic and warmer????…..No punishment for creating oxygen deprived dead zones in the oceans????
**Growth Rate** – **Economy Rate** – **GDP**….These are figures of Ecocide….These are figures of “Crimes against Nature”….These are figures of “Destruction of Ecosystems”…..These are figures of “Insanity, Abnormality and Criminality”.
Politicians who promote Growth Rate, Economy Rate and GDP are Eco Killers, Eco Murderers and Eco Terrorists.
Economists who promote Growth Rate, Economy Rate and GDP are Eco Killers, Eco Murderers and Eco Terrorists.
IMF and World Bank which promote Growth Rate, Economy Rate and GDP are Eco Killers, Eco Murderers and Eco Terrorists.
Rating Agencies which promote Growth Rate, Economy Rate and GDP are Eco Killers, Eco Murderers and Eco Terrorists.
Industrialists who promote Growth Rate, Economy Rate and GDP are Eco Killers, Eco Murderers and Eco Terrorists.
All people and Institutions that promote Growth Rate, Economy Rate and GDP are Eco Killers, Eco Murderers and Eco Terrorists.
Industrialization was the biggest crime on earth….The biggest act of killing, murder and terrorism on earth.
This planet can only sustain “Food Searching” or “Food Producing” Societies.
Hunter_Gatherer Society was sustainable…..Agrarian Society was sustainable…..The question of Industrial Society being sustainable doesn’t arise.
We cannot save environment by destroying more of it…..We cannot save environment by destroying it for thousands of consumer goods and services in addition to food, clothing and shelter.
**More than 99.99% destruction of this planet has already happened…..Only the end of humans is yet to happen.**
**Species are not lost when they become extinct….Species are lost when they get decimated….When their populations drop from billions and millions to thousands and hundreds.**
There are(were) millions of species in this world….Most of them have already been decimated because Industrial Activity has destroyed most of the forests….Millions of Plant and Animal species have been decimated.
All the land which is now occupied by man was the habitat of millions of plant and animal species before the arrival of man.
**If we calculate the decline in population of millions of species the combined loss will come to more than 99.9%.**
Rivers, Lakes, Oceans, Atmosphere and Land have been polluted, poisoned and killed by trillions of tonnes of Metal Waste, Plastic Waste, Chemical Waste, Gaseous waste, eWaste and Nuclear Waste…..The entire planet has become a Toxic Dump…..All Solid, Liquid and Gaseous Industrial Waste that has been produced by Industrial Society in 250 years after Industrial Revolution has accumulated on earth….It has not gone out of earth.
Oceans have turned acidic and warmer and there are oxygen deprived dead zones in the oceans….Fish in the oceans have been decimated by Industrial Fishing.
Billions of acres of fertile soil that was the source of food to millions of species has been killed by Cement, Concrete and Asphalt.
A society that has destroyed all the natural resources of the planet will also destroy itself.
After destroying biodiversity and ecosystems which sustained human life for millions of years man will not exist…It is only a matter of a few years now.
This planet cannot sustain an Industrial / Urban Society……The problem is not Capitalism, The problem is Industrialization / Urbanization…….The solution is not Communism or Socialism, The solution is Non-Industrial / Non-Urban Society.
Capitalism, Communism or Socialism does not matter at all……..What matters is percentage of Urban Population……A Socialist Industrial Society with 80% Urban Population will be as Harmful, Destructive and Evil as a Capitalist Industrial Society with 80% Urban Population…… A Communist Industrial Society with 80% Urban Population will be as Harmful, Destructive and Evil as a Capitalist Industrial Society with 80% Urban Population.
Urban Population is responsible for consumerism…….Urban Population does not produce Food…..It produces thousands of Consumer Goods and Services.
**Consumerism is directly proportional to Percentage of Urban Population.**
Saving environment in Industrial Society is an impossibility……No Industrial Society can save environment…….Communist or Socialist Industrial Societies cannot be less destructive than Capitalist Industrial Societies.
There cannot be any sustainable Industrial Society……..The fault does not lie in Capitalism…..The fault lies in Industrialization…..All Industrial Societies are the same…..All Industrial Societies are equally harmful, destructive and evil.
Destruction of environment is guaranteed in Industrial Society……The debate over Capitalism, Communism and Socialism in the context of Environmental Crisis is meaningless and absurd.
Industrialization , Urbanization and Consumerism go hand in hand……They happen together.
Today 50% of world population is Urban, living in cities…… 50% of world population is producing food for entire population and the remaining 50% population living in Cities is primarily engaged in production and marketing of thousands of consumer goods and services……..Urban population is not producing food, it is producing consumer goods and services…….Even if the entire world is made Communist or Socialist it is not going to bring about any change in consumerism because the percentage of Urban Population will remain the same and it will continue producing and marketing thousands of consumer goods and services.
In America 90 – 95% of population is Urban……That is why consumerism is so rampant in the US……Even if America is made Communist or Socialist it is not going to reduce consumerism because the percentage of Urban Population would still remain the same.
In Europe 80 – 90% of population is Urban.
In China and India consumerism has risen exponentially with the increase in percentage of Urban Population.
Capitalism, Communism or Socialism does not matter…….What matters is Industrialization and Urbanization which results in Consumerism.
This planet cannot sustain Industrial Urban Population…….This planet cannot sustain a society that does not produce its own food.
This planet can sustain a Hunter_Gatherer Society or an Agrarian Society where almost the entire population is engaged in “searching for food” / producing food……This planet cannot sustain an Industrial Society where 50% of population is producing food for entire population and the remaining 50% population is producing thousands of consumer goods and services.
For the last 100 years Intellectuals have been debating what is good for people……Capitalist Industrial Society, Communist Industrial Society or Socialist Industrial Society???
This is like debating what is good for people…..Capitalist Poison, Communist Poison or Socialist Poison.
Poison kills people…..it doesn’t matter who made it ……Capitalism, Communism or Socialism.
Industrial Activity kills ecosystems…..It doesn’t matter which system runs it…..Capitalism, Communism or Socialism.
All Industrial Activity destroys environment……Mining Industry, Logging Industry, Energy Generation Industry, Manufacturing Industry, Transportation Industry, Construction Industry, Recycling Industry, Oil Drilling, Oil Refining, Millions of kilometers of Rail & Road network, Air Routes and Shipping Lanes…..they all destroy environment….. It doesn’t matter which system runs it…..Capitalism, Communism or Socialism.
American Industrial Activity has destroyed ecosystems…..Russian Industrial Activity has destroyed ecosystems……Chinese Industrial Activity has destroyed ecosystems…….Indian Industrial Activity has destroyed ecosystems……Every Industrial Society destroys ecosystems…… It doesn’t matter which system runs it…..Capitalism, Communism or Socialism.
In just 250 years Industrial Society has destroyed 75 – 90% of Biodiversity and Ecosystems……Forests, Wild Animals and Fish Population……Population of Lions, Tigers and Elephants is down to 2 – 5% of what it was 100 years ago……Population of Large Fish in Oceans is down to 10% of what it was 100 years ago…..Industrial Society has poisoned the entire planet with Trillions of Tonnes of Metal Waste, Plastic Waste, Chemical Waste, Gaseous Waste, eWaste, Nuclear Waste…..It has killed Trillions of Animals in Industrial Slaughter Houses and billions of acres of Fertile Soil with Cement, Concrete and Asphalt.
A person is being shot 100 times……Some people are supposed to save the victim…..They do nothing till 99 bullets have hit the victim…..When the last bullet is about to be fired they rush to save the victim, who is already dead by then.
Industrial Activity has been destroying Biodiversity and Ecosystems for 250 years…..Industrial Society should not have been started in the first place…..Once it came into existence its harmful impact on environment should have alerted people and they should have tried to stop Industrial Activity in the early stages…..If people had tried to stop Industrial Activity 50 years or even 100 years after it began, environment could have been saved because most of the environmental destruction has taken place in the last 50 – 100 years when the rate of Industrialization and Consumerism rose exponentially…..Trying to save environment after 250 years of Industrial Activity is like trying to revive a dead man…..There is hardly any environment left to save.
The entire Industrial Society deserves the Nobel Prize for Lunacy for pretending that environment is getting saved when the reality is that Industrial Society has destroyed so much extra environment [for thousands of consumer goods and services] in just 250 years after industrialization that there is hardly any environment left to save.
All Environmentalism in Industrial Society is Pseudo Environmentalism.
No environment is getting saved in Industrial Society…..Not an iota of environment is getting saved.
**Story of Pseudo Environmentalism in Industrial Society.**
A Serial Killer with endless supply of ammunition goes on the rampage in the city…..The Police are informed…..They arrive on the scene…..They do not try to stop or capture the shooter…..They do not try to kill or incapacitate the shooter…..They allow him to continue shooting……They give him full liberty to move around all over the city.
The Police focus on the victims of shooting…..They take them to Hospitals and try to save them with the help of best Technology / Health Care…..The Government sets up thousands of Organizations to do research on how the Whites can be saved, How the Blacks can be saved, How the Asians can be saved, How the Young can be saved, How the Elderly can be saved…..The Government gives Billions of Dollars of Grant to “Think Tanks” and NGO’s to find out how the victims can be saved…..People of the city engage in Billions of pages of Discussion, Debate and Argument to find a solution to the problem.
This is not the story of the Mass Shooter…..This is the story of Environmentalism in Industrial Society.
Environment is being destroyed by Industrial Activity……..Environmental Activists and Organizations are trying to save environment without stopping Industrial Activity
One group is trying to save Forests……The second group is trying to save Rivers……The third group is trying to save Oceans……The fourth group is trying to make the Air clean……The fifth group is trying to save Tigers and Elephants……The sixth group is trying to save Whales and Dolphins.
Industrial Technology has destroyed environment……..Industrial Society is trying to save environment by changing the Technology.
Bring this Technology, Bring that Technology……..Bring this Technology, Bring that Technology.
Height of Insanity and Abnormality……This is like trying to save a victim of shooting not by stopping the shooting but by changing the gun.
People who are trying to save environment in Industrial Society without stopping all Industrial Activity deserve the Nobel Prize for Lunacy.
Why don’t people realize the futility and absurdity of their efforts……It is impossible to save animals, trees, air, water and land without stopping all Industrial Activity.
What is the point in saving a few Dogs, Cats, Whales, Tigers and Elephants when Industrial Society is killing billions of animals in Industrial Slaughter Houses and billions of Wild Animals in Forests by destroying Forests with Industrial Activities like Mining Industry, Logging Industry, Construction Industry, Energy Generation Industry, Manufacturing Industry, millions of kilometers of Rail and Road Networks and ever expanding Towns and Cities…….Industrial Society is also killing billions of fish in the oceans with Industrial Fishing and through discharge of billions of tonnes of Industrial Waste into oceans which has made them poisonous, acidic, warmer and created oxygen-deprived dead zones in the oceans.
It is impossible to save Air, water and Land without stopping all Industrial Activity because Industrial Activity is killing them with trillions of tonnes of Metal waste, Plastic waste, Gaseous waste, Chemical waste, eWaste and Nuclear Waste…….Industrial Activity produces trillions of tonnes of Solid, Liquid and Gaseous Waste and there are only three places on earth where all this waste can go….Air, water and Soil…..There is no fourth place on earth where this waste can go…… It is impossible for Rivers, Oceans, Atmosphere and Soil to be clean in Industrial Society.
This planet can only sustain a Hunter_Gatherer Society or an Agrarian Society……Not an Industrial Society.
All Environmentalism is Pseudo-Environmentalism in Industrial Society…….It is impossible to save environment in an Industrial Society.
People who pretend they are saving environment in Industrial Society are even more insane, abnormal and criminal than people who are destroying the environment.
It is impossible to save environment in Industrial Society because Industrialization itself is the cause of environmental destruction………In a non-industrial society environmentalism was not even needed…….In the absence of Industrial Activity environment got saved automatically because only limited destruction of environment was possible without Industrial Machines.
Environment has been destroyed by Industrial Activity……..Trying to save environment without stopping Industrial Activity is like ..
Trying to save a victim of shooting by shooting him even more.
Trying to save a victim of stabbing by stabbing him even more.
Trying to save a victim of poisoning by giving him even more poison.
Height of Insanity, Abnormality and Criminality…….You cannot save environment by destroying more of it.
Industrial Society has been destroying Extra environment for 250 years……..It has been destroying environment for “thousands of consumer goods and services” in addition to food, clothing and shelter.
You cannot save a person after killing him…….You cannot save environment after it has been killed by Industrial Activity.
The entire Industrial Society deserves the Nobel Prize for Lunacy for pretending that environment is getting saved when the reality is that Industrial Society has been destroying extra environment after industrialization and has destroyed so much extra environment in 250 years that there is hardly any environment left to save.
What is the Result of 50 years of Environmentalism/ Pseudo Environmentalism in Industrial Society???
Industrial Society has been killing millions of times more Animals, Trees, Air, Water and Land than Pre-Industrial Society every day for several decades.
Industrial Society has been killing millions of acres of Forests with Industrial Activity every day for several decades.
Industrial Society has been killing Billions of Animals in Industrial Slaughter Houses every day for several decades.
Industrial Society has been killing millions of Wild Animals by destroying the Forests where they live with Industrial Activity every day for several decades.
Industrial Society has been killing Air, Water and Soil with billions of tonnes of Solid, Liquid and Gaseous Industrial Waste every day for several decades…..Industrial Society has been killing Rivers, Oceans, Air/ Atmosphere and Soil/ Land with Billions of Tonnes of Metal Waste, Plastic waste, Gaseous waste, Chemical Waste, eWaste and Nuclear Waste every day for several decades.
Industrial Society has been killing Millions of Acres of Fertile Soil with Cement, Concrete and Asphalt every day for several decades.
All this Killing / Destruction was absent in Pre-Industrial Society without any Environmentalism.
All Environmentalism in Industrial Society is Pseudo Environmentalism.
No environment is getting saved in Industrial Society…..Not an iota of environment is getting saved.
How can environment ever be saved in Industrial Society when Industrial Activity itself is the cause of environmental destruction….Environment can only be saved in a Non-Industrial Society.
Industrial Society has created hundreds of unnecessary / futile occupations to solve the problems created by Industrialization…..Environmental Activism is one of them…..If thousands of organizations and millions of activists are trying to save environment in Industrial Society it does not mean that environment is getting saved…..There have been three human societies on earth …..Hunter_Gatherer, Agrarian and Industrial…..In Hunter_Gatherer Society there was no Urban Population, entire population was engaged in searching for food…..In Agrarian Society less than 2% of population was Urban, Most of the population was engaged in producing food…..In Industrial Society 50% of world population is producing food for entire population , the remaining 50% population is Urban which has created hundreds of unnecessary occupations to keep itself occupied….. People would go crazy without work…. Environmentalism / Environmental Activism is one such profession [occupation]……[Other unnecessary and destructive professions in Industrial Society include Manufacturing and Marketing of thousands of consumer goods and services, Jobs in Tourism Industry, Entertainment Industry, Sports Industry, Military Industrial Complex and several other jobs]….No Environmentalism was needed in Hunter_Gatherer and Agrarian Societies because in the absence of Industrial Activity only limited destruction of environment was possible, so environment got saved automatically.
If billions of pages of environmental discussion is taking place in Industrial Society it does not mean that environment is getting saved……Endless Discussion, Debate and Argument is a Disease and Insanity of Industrial Society that invented the Printing Press, Radio, Television and Internet…..Animal Species and Hunter_Gatherer Society did not save environment through discussion…..They didn’t even have a language for discussion…..Billions of pages of Discussion, Debate and Argument is another harmful waste of Industrial Society just like Billions of Tonnes of Metal Waste, Plastic Waste, Chemical waste, Gaseous Waste, eWaste and Nuclear Waste.
All Environmentalism in Industrial Society is Pseudo Environmentalism.
No environment is getting saved in Industrial Society…..Not an iota of environment is getting saved.
The one and only cause of environmental destruction is Industrialization.
Overpopulation and Overconsumerism are consequences / by-products of Industrialization.
Without Industrialization there would be no overpopulation and no overconsumerism.
Industrialization, Overpopulation and Overconsumerism happen together…….Industrialization, Overpopulation and Overconsumerism happen at the same time.
It is Industrialization that has led to a population of 7 billion…..Not overbreeding.
The entire world was overbreeding before Industrialization…..The entire world is underbreeding after Industrialization.
There used to be 5 – 15 children per family all over the world before Industrialization and yet world population reached only 1 billion till 1800 AD……After Industrialization the family size reduced drastically, most families are now having 1 – 4 children and yet world population jumped from 1 billion to 7 billion in just about 200 years.
If Industrialization had not happened world population would be less than 2 billion today.
India and China have large populations today because they started with larger populations thousands of years ago since ancient civilizations thrived in these regions…..What was the population of Europe and America 2000 years ago????…..Was it comparable with the population of India and China???? …..And once again, In the absence of Industrialization India and China would not be having large populations today.
If Industrialization had not happened, High death rate would have kept population of the world under control….Diseases caused by virus and bacteria would have kept population under control…..Feeding capacity of soil would have kept population under control….Shortage of food and water would have kept population under control…..Harsh Climatic Conditions would have kept population under control – People would not have been able to live in regions that are too hot or too cold.
If Industrialization had not happened this planet would have been in very good condition today…..There would be no overpopulation, no overconsumerism and only limited urbanization.
A Non-Industrial Society would have destroyed some ecosystems on the land [Forests] but Marine Ecology [Oceans] would have been almost 100% safe today……Forest Cover would be much greater than what it is now….Millions of species on the land and in the sea would not have been decimated and would be thriving with very healthy populations……This planet would be free of Billions of Tonnes of Metal Waste, Plastic Waste, Chemical waste, Gaseous Waste, eWaste and Nuclear Waste…..The Oceans wouldn’t have become Acidic, Warmer and Oxygen Deprived because of Industrial Waste.
It is consumerism that destroys environment, Not population.
A Hunter_Gatherer Society of 7 billion would have destroyed very little environment…… because it would have destroyed environment only for food……not for thousands of consumer goods and services.
An Agrarian Society of 7 billion would have destroyed very little environment [compared to an Industrial Society of 7 billion]…… because it would have destroyed environment only for food, clothing and shelter…….not for thousands of consumer goods and services.
[By the way, A Hunter_Gatherer Society would have never reached a population of 7 billion……An Agrarian Society would have never reached a population of 7 billion]
Environment has been destroyed by Industrialization/ Consumerism…….Not by Population/ Overpopulation.
Total World Population has not increased ……It has decreased……In fact total world population has been decimated.
When we talk about population we should take into account population of all animal species on earth, not just human population.
Industrial Society has decimated millions of Animal Species……Increase in human population has coincided with decrease/ decimation of millions of animal species…. The total burden of population on this planet has not increased…..It has decreased.
Industrial Society has decimated millions of other species……There was a time when the combined population of other animal species was much greater than present human population…..and we don’t even need to include smaller animals in this count…..The combined population of big animals alone whose size and weight was equivalent to or greater than man was much greater than current human population of 7 billion.
The amount of food this animal population was eating was much greater than the food consumed by humans today…….Yet millions of animal species did not destroy environment and lived sustainably on earth for millions of years……because they destroyed environment only for food and not for thousands of consumer goods and services.
If animals had started a consumerist “Industrial Society” millions of years ago they would have destroyed all ecosystems millions of years ago.
The entire world has been trying to control human population for 50 years and these efforts should / will continue in future…..so where is the problem with population?????
It is so ridiculous of Industrial Society to complain about overpopulation when it itself is the cause of overpopulation……It is so ridiculous of Industrial Society to make attempts to control population while promoting Consumerism, Growth Rate, Economy Rate and GDP exponentially.
This planet can only sustain a Non-Industrial Society.
If Urban Society stops all its supplies to Villages……Electricity, Oil, Machinery and Equipment, Villagers will survive forever.
If Villages stop all their supplies to Cities……Food Grains and Vegetables, Urban Population will die within a month.
[ Villagers need Electricity, Oil, Machinery and Equipment to produce food for the Urban Population , They would not need these things to produce food for themselves]
Urban Population is engaged in Unnecessary Work, Meaningless Work, Futile Work and Destructive Work which has led to destruction of most of the Biodiversity and Ecosystems on earth.
For millions of years “Searching For Food” / “Producing Food” were the primary occupations of almost the entire human population in Hunter_Gatherer and Agrarian Society.
There is Zero chance of saving the little environment that is left without fixing the problem of “Urban Population”.
Animal Species had Zero Percent Urban Population…….Hunter_Gatherer Society had Zero Percent Urban Population…….Agrarian Society had less than Two Percent Urban Population…….All these societies sustained for millions of years collectively.
The current Industrial Society which has 50% Urban Population worldwide has destroyed most of the Biodiversity and Ecosystems in just 250 years after Industrial Revolution…….Industrial Activity has been promoted by Urban Population……Industrial Activity has been promoted by people who do not produce food.
This planet can sustain Animal Species…..It can sustain Hunter_Gatherer Human Society……It can sustain Agrarian Human Society……It cannot sustain Industrial Human Society.
This planet can only sustain food producing societies where almost the entire population is engaged in food production……It cannot sustain an Industrial Society where 50% of world population is growing food for entire population and the remaining 50% living in cities is promoting Industrial Activity.
Animals saved environment for millions of years because they destroyed it only for food…..Hunter_Gatherer Society saved environment because it destroyed environment only for food…..Agrarian Society saved environment because it destroyed environment only for food, clothing and shelter.
Industrial Society has destroyed most of the Biodiversity and Ecosystems because it destroyed environment for “Thousands of consumer goods and services” in addition to food, clothing and shelter.
In the Animal Kingdom, Hunter_Gatherer Society and Agrarian Society almost the entire population was engaged in “Searching for Food” / “Growing Food”.
It is the Urban Population that is engaged in and promoting Industrial Activity ……Mining Industry, Logging Industry, Energy Generation Industry, Manufacturing Industry, Transportation Industry, Construction Industry, Recycling Industry, Oil Drilling, Oil Refining, Millions of kilometers of Rail & Road network, Air Routes and Shipping Lanes…..They all destroy environment……All Industrial Activity must be stopped.
Food, clothing and shelter……These are the maximum number of things this planet can provide to humans……The only way to save the remaining environment is by reorganizing the entire population so that food production remains the only primary activity just like it was for millions of years before Industrialization.
Industrial Society has existed for barely 250 years which comes to almost Zero Percent of Total Human Existence on earth….Humans have spent more than 99.99% of their time on earth in Non-Industrial Societies [Hunter_Gatherer and Agrarian]…..Industrial Society is an Anomaly….Only Non-Industrial Societies are sustainable.
A pure non-industrial society is not possible now because Industrialization has increased world population to 7 billion…….World population increased from 1 billion in 1800 to 7 billion in just about 200 years after industrialization…….In the absence of industrialization world population would have been less than 2 billion today.
If we want to save the remaining environment we must minimize the things that are destroying environment.
At present we are destroying environment for Food, Clothing, Shelter plus Thousands of Industrial consumer goods and services.
We must eliminate the things that were added last to the list……which means Thousands of consumer goods and services, most of which have existed for only about 100 years out of Hundreds of Thousands of years of Total Human Existence on earth ………these have to be eliminated.
We are approaching Environmental Apocalypse…….The only way to save the remaining environment is by stopping Industrial Activity for production of consumer goods and services immediately……..Industrial Activity must be primarily limited to food, clothing and shelter…….and even in these three fields production and consumption must be kept to the minimum.
“Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment”
Sushilyadav: Great post/rant! Very informative and fact-filled.
One point though, apparently at this point hunter-gatherer and agrarian societies are not sustainable either any more due to the listed damage to the biosphere you so well documented. All of life on earth is now on its way out. Radiation from all the nuclear waste and nuclear energy plants will finish us off (especially combined with all the other factors like food production being decimated by climate change and topsoil loss, chemical pollution from all of the above and chemical spraying of nanoparticles to seed clouds and more).
Gail i watched the documentary on your blog – excellent! Thanks.
I loved a couple of things in that doc about chemicals – one was the question: Why aren’t more people talking about this? Answer: Maybe because it’s too scary (!). Also when the one doctor says people are in such denial, like global warming, but that’s not going to be a problem for a couple of generations, and this is a problem now. Haha! A couple of generations! What 3 years of Arctic ice melt, hurricanes, floods, and wildfires will do for that perception, right?
anyway this is for Sushilyadav:
An internet aquaintence forwarded me a letter he wrote to the Editor of his local newspaper, since it’s in the public domain I don’t think he’ll mind me quoting it here, and he says it much more clearly than I could:
Created on Thursday, 24 January 2013 00:58
To The Editor:
I liked “There is no Planet B” but have one small quibble. The idea that humans were living peacefully and sustainably prior to the Industrial Revolution is a myth. In fact, the fossil record shows that when our ancestors acquired the brain power and tool kit to colonize the entire planet roughly 50,000 years ago, they left a trail of death and destruction in their wake including many species extinctions.
Today our impact on the world is monumental with the exploitation of fossil fuels and our enormous and growing population. But it didn’t just start with the Industrial Revolution. We are doing what we are designed to do: exploit the planet’s resources and expand our numbers. There never was and never will be a golden age of humans living in harmony with their environment.
David Attenborough came out and said it recently:
And this blogger has it right:
“…HE’S[Attenborough] RIGHT, there are too many of us. It’s a fact. Not just for the reason of over-population but more essentially for the reason of squeezing out ALL THE OTHER FORMS OF LIFE into less and less space. Take the plight of the tigers, who now have little patches of Indian forest to roam in, when they need hundreds of square kilometers. What about badger culls? What about seal culls? What about the Siberian wolf cull? What about the stripping of the forests of the world, the planet’s lungs!
Mankind is a petrified, petty and pathetic microbe or tummy bug or gnat, he’s quivering behind his Elite Masters and allowing them to shit all over his once-beautiful planet, IN THE NAME OF PROFIT.
Never forget that, in this seemingly-haunting Eugenics-like debate; humans are slaves to debt, slaves to the repayment of a bank’s investments in failed commercial ideas or products (like PPI and Bad Mortgages and Currency). Global Warming really has nothing to do with this real concern, it’s more about, “Where have all the different species of plant and animal gone in the last hundred years?” and isn’t it all down to the Commercialisation of Asset i.e. corporate conquest…”
damn, excellent exposition. great links. Jean Baudrillard came out and said it in “Symbolic Exchange and Death”, capitalism is a death cult. Capital is worshiped, it is given rights above all others, a collection of dead labor making claims against life itself.