Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Global Warming Issue -- We Must Try to Tackle It; We Must Change the Way We Live -- article in the Liberty Times in Taiwan, reported by Irma Yu, Chiayi City bureau reporter


Anonymous said...

I don't really get it, but looks cool!
- Bri

Anonymous said...

was that on purpose? I mean the sign upside down?

- L. said...

It appears to me as if one certain thing humanity cannot keep doing much longer is the very same thing we are so adamantly and foolishly doing now as the self-proclaimed Masters of the Universe among us choose to recklessly speed up the ever increasing, seemingly endless growth of the global economy as well as to deceptively manipulate human beings into going along with a conspicuous per-capita overconsumption and unreserved overpopulation agenda.

If we keep doing what we are doing now and the human community keeps getting what it is getting now, I fear that sooner rather than later everything we are led to believe we are protecting and preserving will be ruined. In the not-too-distant future a distinct probability could exist that one of two colossal calamities will occur. The wanton dissipation of Earth’s limited resources, the relentless degradation of Earth’s frangible environment, and the approaching destruction of the Earth as a fit place for human habitation by the human species, when taken together, appear to be proceeding toward the precipitation of a catastrophic ecological wreckage of some unimaginable sort unless, of course, the world’s ever expanding, artificially designed, manmade global political economy (the modern "economic colossus") continues to speed headlong toward the monolithic ‘wall’ called “unsustainability” at which point humanity's runaway economy crashes before Earth’s ecology is collapsed.

Could we talk about the need for a new vision for life on Earth?

Months ago Andy Revkin of the NYTimes and the Dot Earth community asked the question, "What does humanity do when we grow up?" Dr. Joel Cohen has explained elsewhere how humanity is currently in an adolescent phase of its development and is moving toward maturity. Other experts have suggested that the behavior of people in many places is even more primitive, in the sense of being less grown-up than adolescents and more nearly infantile.

Perhaps another way of coming up with a new vision would be to ask the question, "What might a human world look like when full grown, mature human beings with feet of clay design, construct and organize a new world order in the future?"