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Some quotes (from one of my old websites):
“Our numbness, our silence, our lack of outrage, could mean we end up the only species to have minutely monitored our own extinction. What a measly epitaph that would make: ‘they saw it coming but hadn’t the wit to stop it happening.'” – Sara Parkin (1991)
“Growth is the heart of the environmental problem. The National Environment Plan (of Holland) will never succeed because it is embedded in growth. People’s whole idea of progress is tied up with that damned evil figure, GNP, which was never meant to be used that way by Jan Tinbergen and Richard Stone, the people who developed it. It’s not written in the Bible that we have to have economic growth. It’s obvious what we have to do, so why all the fuss about a figure in a book?” Roefie Hueting.
“The reason pollution always seems to get us in the end is that, however much emissions…are cut, there will always be some……If industrial growth takes place year after year, the level of emissions will grow enough..to outweigh the gains…surprisingly quickly. Suppose an industry cuts pollution by half. If it is growing at an average rate of 6% a year, it will be back up to its old level in twelve years.” Richard Douthwaite, Economist, in “The Growth Illusion”.
“Since GNP only measures things which are bought and sold for cash, it ignores clean air, pure water, silence and natural beauty, self-respect and the value of relationships between people – all of which are central to the quality of life”. Douthwaite again.
“We have become addicted to our way of life and to our way of thinking. We must drive our cars, use our clothes dryers, smoke our cigarettes, drink our alcohol, earn a profit, look good, behave in a socially acceptable fashion, and never speak out of turn or speak the truth, for fear of rejection.
“The problem with addicted people, communities, corporations, or countries is that they tend to lie, cheat, steal to get their ‘fix’. Corporations are addicted to profit and governments to power, and as Henry Kissinger once said, ‘Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.’
“The only way to break addictive behavior is to love and cherish something more than your addiction. When a mother and a father look into the eyes of their newborn baby, do they need a glass of beer or a cigarette to make them feel better? When you smell a rose or a gardenia, do you think of work or do you forget for a brief, blissful moment everything but the perfection of the flower? When you see the dogwood flowers hovering like butterflies among the fresh green leaves of spring, do you forget your worries?
“Now, try to imagine your life without healthy babies, perfect roses, and dogwoods in spring. It will seem meaningless. We take the perfection of nature for granted, but if we woke up one morning and found all the trees dying, the grass brown, and the temperature 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and if we couldn’t venture outside because the sun would cause severe skin burns, we would recognize what we once had but didn’t treasure enough to save.” – Helen Caldicott (1992)
“That happiness is to be attained through limitless material acquisition is denied by every religion and philosophy known to mankind, but is preached incessantly by every American television set.” – Robert Bellah (1975)
“…the truth is that market fundamentalism is itself naive and illogical. Even if we put aside the bigger moral and ethical questions and concentrate solely on the economic arena, the ideology of market fundamentalism is profoundly and irredeemably flawed. To put the matter simply, market forces, if they are given complete authority even in the purely economic and financial arenas, produce chaos and could ultimately lead to the downfall of the global capitalist system.” George Soros (1998)
“Is there anyone who believes that making more money in a nation already gorging on record wealth will emancipate us from our moral deficit? More spending hasn’t improved education. More income hasn’t enhanced the quality of family life. Great wealth has failed to cure our cynicism about nearly everything. We enjoy new conveniences and more leisure time, but have less time for developing our character and human relationships. Might prosperity contribute to many of our social ills rather than cure them?” – Cal Thomas (2000)
When the accumulation of wealth is no longer of high social importance, there will be great changes in the code of morals. We shall be able to rid ourselves of many of the pseudo-moral principles which have hag-ridden us for two hundred years, by which we have exalted some of the most distasteful of human qualities into the position of the highest virtues. We shall be able to afford to dare to assess the money-motive at its true value. The love of money as a possession…will be recognised for what it is, a somewhat disgusting morbidity, one of those semi-criminal, semi-pathological propensities which one hands over with a shudder to the specialists in mental disease. All kinds of social customs and economic practices affecting the distribution of wealth…which we now maintain at all costs, however distasteful and unjust they may be in themselves, because they are tremendously useful in promoting the accumulation of capital, we should then be free, at last, to discard…. I see us free, therefore, to return to some of the most sure and certain principles of religion and traditional virtue – that avarice is a vice, that the exaction of usury is a misdemeanour, and the love of money is detestable, that those walk most truly in the paths of virtue and sane wisdom who take least thought for the morrow. We shall once more value ends above means and prefer the good to the useful. We shall honour those who can teach us how to pluck the hour and the day virtuously and well, the delightful people who are capable of taking direct enjoyment in things, the lilies of the field who toil not, neither do they spin. – John Maynard Keynes (1938)
“He who knows he has enough is rich.” – Tao Te Ching
I’ve published essay relating citizen anger to the constant-growth economy:
“An Economy that Grows Anger,” Huffington Post, September 24, 2016, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-j-croce/an-economy-that-grows-ang_b_12173172.html
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Thanks for your work! Hope you are partnering with the agroecologists and the soil not oil movement.
Change is needed!
Ancient sustainable landscapes of food, cover crop, graze land, forests.
No till of landscape, no toxic chemicals, no transplanting, no irrigation to sprout.
Natural earth clay used to prevent damage by insects, wind, birds, rodents.
I am in the state of NSW in Australia. Your drop-down options only give US states. These days, that is unacceptable.
I am interested in any CASSE organisations in New Zealand – I am interested in being actively involved in making the transition to Steady State happen.