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    From Sean Hurley
    We Are Not The 99% We Are...
    Now playing SpaceCollective
    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.

    We live on a finite planet, that is to say the natural resources on our planet are limited or have bounds; all the water on our planet in either solid or liquid form is the same water that has been here for millions of years, the very water that spawned life on this planet is the same water that we drink to maintain life today. Should we pollute that water and continue to degrade marshes and wetlands we will find rather quickly that there is no magical source of new clean fresh water to aid in sustaining life as we know it.

    Oil a substance that has taken millions of years for our planet to produce is being consumed at an obscene rate and this captured and condensed sunlight is currently far more important to us as a species than many may understand. You see it is not just our transportation machines or plastics that require oil, but in fact everything we produce on our planet in one way or another currently requires the use of oil; the resources we harvest from the planet are gathered using machines that run on oil, they are transported using machines that use oil, processed using machines that use still more oil, transported again to shops where we use further oil to travel too in our auto-mobiles. The machines we use are produced using oil, the food we eat relies on oil based fertilisers, if there is one substance, apart from clean fresh water, that we cannot currently live without should we hope to continue to support the growing population of seven billion of our brothers and sisters on our planet it is oil.

    Yet we waste it, we continue to operate antiquated technology such as the combustion engine, we produce what appears to be an endless amount of materialistic garbage to sell each other and generate all manner of excuses to continue the consumption cycle in order to sustain our unsustainable anti-economy, profits have trumped ecology and that is to our detriment.

    We are cutting down about 400 football fields of rainforest every hour, destroying natural habitats and damaging the water shed, these rainforests are being clear cut to make way for coffee plantations, for spice farms and to grow grain for cattle. Fertilisers and pesticides are running down streams into our oceans harming marine life and causing harmful algae blooms, we are producing ever growing mountains of garbage through the production of substandard products that are designed to be thrown away in order to perpetuate the consumption cycle. We are filling the air we breathe with toxins such as mercury, sulphates, ozone and carbon.

    We desperately cling to the notion that climate change is purely natural and that as a species we are having no impact on our biosphere, more inclined to give credence to the Rush Limbaughs of the world than to try and understand that which empirical science is trying to explain to us. Having been lied to so much, for so long, by governments and corporations that we can no longer even accept that which is plainly obvious as natural truth on our planet, instead working diligently to discredit the many environmentalists and scientists that are pleading with us to change, so disillusioned by our social order that we think it is all about money and the concentration of power.

    However it will not continue, not indefinitely, it can’t, quite simply apart from change nothing can. The only constant on our planet is change and that change is going to come in one of two forms. Either we will drive ourselves to near extinction based on our current anti-economic consumption model that will leave us with dwindling resources and a filthy polluted biosphere, or we will ourselves change our views of the world and the way in which we operate as a society.

    No one can say with any amount of certainty what it will be that will drive social change for our collective species, all we can be certain of is that change is going to come. There will come a time that either our natural environment will demonstrate to us, or that we will begin to conjointly understand that consumption for the sake of consumption is both unsustainable and retarded in an environment of finite resources.

    This demonstration, or understanding, will be the driving force that will enable us to communicate and consider in relation to what is and what is not socially and environmentally sustainable for us and life in general on our planet. From this place it will be that we come to understand that money, or the abstraction of labour for purchasing power, is dangerous both from and environmental and social standpoint. That global equality cannot be bought and sold in an open market that if there is suffering on one part of our planet then inevitably there is suffering on all parts of our planet. That sustainability is not a corporate buzz word but a choice and way of life that is in no way connected to our current model of growth for the sake of growth, or consumption for the sake of consumption.

    At this time both the benefits of a resource based economy and the detrimental aspects of our monetary anti-economy will become self evident. It will not become a difficult “leap of faith” for us as a society to put in place and try a new economic model, but a natural progression from this thing to that.

    It is not a matter of if we will ever have a resource based economy, but rather when will we implement the sanity of a resource based economy.

    Of that you can be certain.

    The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.
    Albert Einstein

    Tue, Nov 20, 2012  Permanent link
    Categories: Resource, Economy
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