Although Ban-Ki moon’s announcement that “the world’s economic model is ‘environmental suicide’” is important: – it is also a vital piece of what is certain to become a massive a green wash campaign – to convince the world’s citizens that ‘sustainable growth’ actually exists – and that green consumerism/green capitalism is the solution for all of our crisis which are now peaking simultaneously.
Therefore it is imperative that the climate justice movement seize this opportunity – to further advance the critical dialogue on our current economic model – recognized as the root cause of climate change. We need to bring this discussion to the very forefront and shine a spotlight on it … a spotlight as big as the sun.
If we don’t – we can watch the false solutions spread like terminal cancer.
Growth is not compatible with solving our climate crisis. The industrial system is predicated on economic growth without limit; economic growth is inherently unsustainable. The evidence is all around us. The same system that created our crisis cannot solve our crisis. Our movement must campaign and educate on the false misconceptions of ‘sustainable growth’ and very concisely shape/outline what such a ‘new revolutionary economy’ would look like – one that rejects and exposes the current global agenda for securing/furthering corporate domination of our planet and remaining shared commons.
Why are the big greens and compromised NGOs spewing out meaningless targets for legislation which do nothing more than ensure a death sentence for humanity? It is because they have become corporations themselves. They are, in essence, subsidiaries of the very corporations that they claim to oppose. There can be no meaningful mass movement when dissent itself is generously funded by those same corporate interests who must be targets of the protest movement.
In this short RSA Animate, radical sociologist David Harvey asks if it is time to look beyond capitalism, towards a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that could be responsible, just and humane. (View his full lecture at the RSA).
Creative commons photo courtesy of Luca Bruno via Flickr.