If we think of our current planetary situation
From a systems point of view
Economics (…like many other things)
Can be seen as a subsystem of Ecology.
And from a systems point of view
If the parent system fails (i.e. the planet),
It takes the subsystems with it.
After all, how do you propose for everybody to get rich in a world increasingly uninhabitable by humans?
Are you seriously talking about taking all of this illusory money we have made and using it to flee the planet?
Or to dig tunnels deep underground, safe from the acid rain, extremes of temperature or toxic air?
No, ecology on this scale is not about ‘being a tree hugger’ – it’s about fucking self preservation.
The basic premise, which is either being denied or forgotten – is that we need a planet that is actually habitable to carry out all of these important economic activities.
The policymakers will start to change their tune
When they can see the flood waters from the windows of their tall buildings.
But by then it will be too late.
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