It is the economy whose dependence on ‘cheap’ energy, oil, is the driving force of human induced climate change.
Sapoty Brook’s constant admonishment about climate change misses the most vital point that is it is the economics, however irrational, that is not changing fast enough to stop catastrophic climate change.
There is no argument with the evidence based science of climate change, it is incontrovertible.
Lifestyle change is all about individual’s so called ’free choice’. Many don’t have the luxury to make these ‘choices’.
Unlike progressive public policy by visionary political decision makers that ensures the sanctity of life is preserved for all. Climate change is all about politics, like it or not.
If we are to be hung up on old paradigms of thinking and living our futures will remain unchanged and insecure.
This economy is the engine room of production and consumption. Most governments are wedded to this dated notion of ‘economic growth’, which in effect generally benefits only the rich and powerful minority in society.
Oil has seen a dramatic fall in price, as the USA challenges the other oil producing nations, in the highly competitive world oil market, with its ability to extract cheap dirty oil.
This contradiction will only sharpen, as it places humanities future at greater risk. Make no mistake, we need to question and ultimately challenge the very system that manipulates and beguiles us into thinking everything is honky dory, by its crass distractions and consumer psychology.
Ultimately we need to change the economic, political system to organise and plan for a sustainable and democratic future.
Boyd Kellner, Newrybar