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Ecological Facts and Fiction

Posted by feww on November 6, 2008

Submitted by CASF Members – Edited for brevity by FEWW

Acquiring Cognizance of Ecological Reality – Part 1

Acquiring Cognizance of Ecological Reality, ACER, is the thorough understanding of how the ecosystems are faring: How poorly they are functioning, which ones are collapsing.

In short, ACER provides you with a series of yardsticks to make an informed opinion about the state of our planets ecosystems and enables you to distinguish fact from fiction.

The root of all ecological problems: Exponential growth

Exponential Growth is the root of all ecological systems failures. Earth’s resources and the ecosystems services on which life depends are finite. When the demand on natural resources nears the physical limits imposed by nature, ecosystems begin to experience stress and their functions deteriorate progressively until they collapse.

As they begin to collapse, species are committed to extinction.

The problem of exponential growth is further exacerbated by human greed: The insatiable urge to make more and more profit, forcing the mechanisms of collapse into “double exponential” territory.

The Current Economic System

The current economic system, which has an inherently violent nature, thrives on exponential growth. It transforms more and more of the planets natural resources into merchandise into waste. The mechanisms of exponential growth are unsophisticated. They demand more and more of the planets natural resources made into consumer products that must necessarily have progressively more ephemeral lives in each successive economic cycle.

The vehicle used for the maximization of monetary profits by the exponential growth consumption system is the carbon-intensive political economy.

ACER FACT # 1. ‘Green’ energy alone cannot prevent the imminent collapse of ecosystems, which is caused by exponential growth; an immediate radical transformation to ‘zero growth’ could help mitigate the looming mass extinction.

Continued …

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