"We have no idea what to do next."
May 5, 2011 7:19 AM Subscribe
"All of us in the environment movement, in other words – whether we propose accomodation, radical downsizing or collapse – are lost."
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Is human civilization hitting the sustainability wall? If so, the environmental movement seems blocked about what to do about it, broods George Monbiot
. Nobody likes a "steady state economy", and the worse things get, the harder that option is to achieve. Plus
green contradictions might vitiate effective action: "the same worldview tells us that we must reduce emissions, defend our landscapes and resist both the state and big business. The four objectives are at odds."
Interestingly, Monbiot also thinks we have too much fuel. Not enough to keep us going forever, but enough to keep humanity from taking big steps to anticipate the eventual peak. Which is bad: "Collapse will come one day, but not before we have pulled everything else down with us." Innovations are coming too late. Is this right? If so, what's the plan? Make better stories?
"None of us yet has a convincing account of how humanity can get out of this mess. None of our chosen solutions break the atomising, planet-wrecking project."