I read this thought-provoking article the other day, which confirmed my gut feeling about the source of our environmental problems.
The source of our biggest problems isn’t climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, pollution or deforestation. It is economic overshoot – our addiction to economic growth at all costs – without considering the damaging effect it has on our surroundings. Simply put, we are probably consuming too much that we will need a few planets to sustain our lifestyles.
Technology will not save us. It can mitigate the impact for a while.
Solar panels, hybrid cars, electric cars etc will not solve the problem of resource depletion, deforestation, air and sea pollution. Climate change is a major symptom of our addiction to unsustainable consumption – and growth.
There is a limit to ‘growth’. We cannot go on the same way: there is no way we can have infinite growth in a finite planet – unless we want to move to another hospitable planet a zillion miles away. If we are to change the system and save Planet Earth, there must first be a moral awakening in this world, as this article exhorts from EcoWatch.com exhorts us: Systemic change driven by moral awakening is our only hope