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George Monbiot – The Mendacity of Hope

George Monbiot – The Mendacity of Hope | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

This week’s earth summit in Rio de Janeiro is a ghost of the glad, confident meeting 20 years ago. By now, the leaders who gathered in the same city in 1992 told us, the world’s environmental problems were to have been solved. But all they have generated is more meetings, which will continue until the delegates, surrounded by rising waters, have eaten the last rare dove, exquisitely presented with an olive leaf roulade. The biosphere, that world leaders promised to protect, is in a far worse state than it was 20 years ago(1). Is it not time to recognise that they have failed?

 

These summits have failed for the same reason that the banks have failed. Political systems which were supposed to represent everyone now return governments of millionaires, financed by and acting on behalf of billionaires. The past 20 years have been a billionaires’ banquet. At the behest of corporations and the ultra-rich, governments have removed the constraining decencies – the laws and regulations – which prevent one person from destroying another. To expect governments funded and appointed by this class to protect the biosphere and defend the poor is like expecting a lion to live on gazpacho.

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Revealed – the capitalist network that runs the world

Revealed – the capitalist network that runs the world | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
As anti-capitalist protesters take to the streets, mathematics has teased apart the global economic network to show who's really pulling the strings...

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Societal Transformation: How Radical Does It Need to Be?

Societal Transformation: How Radical Does It Need to Be? | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Global resource consumption has increased 10-fold since 1900, and Americans now use an estimated 88 kilograms of goods per day, with modern gadgets requiring some 60 different elements in their manufacturing. This has led to a boom in mining, especially for rare earth materials that are used in technology such as computers. Meanwhile, our gadget lust is forcing us to develop more unconventional and costly resources, which generate significant amounts of waste. To produce the same amount of ore as 100 years ago, for example, companies must now process three times as much total mining material.

 

Written by Antonia Sohns » Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity

 

(photo: People on Black Friday in Seattle via Flickr, Michael Holden)

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Mariana Soffer's comment, June 2, 2012 6:55 AM
cool dude, BTW, how r you?