Sustainability’s Place in Killing the Living Planet

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We are caught in a monkey trap and there is no way out. All the rest is spin. Brace for impact. A really thought provoking article from our friends in the Deep Green Resistance world.  Starts as follows:

Don’t talk to me about sustainability. You want to question my lifestyle, my impact, my ecological footprint? There is a monster standing over us, with a footprint so large it can trample a whole planet underfoot, without noticing or caring. This monster is Industrial Civilization. I refuse to sustain the monster. If the Earth is to live, the monster must die. This is a declaration of war.”

What is it we are trying to sustain? A living planet, or industrial civilization? Because we can’t have both.”

Somewhere along the way the environmental movement – based on a desire to protect the Earth, was largely eaten by the sustainability movement – based on a desire to maintain our comfortable lifestyles. When did this happen, and why? And how is it possible that no-one noticed? This is a fundamental shift in values, to go from compassion for all living beings and the land, to a selfish wish to feel good about our inherently destructive way of life.”

The sustainability movement says that our capacity to endure is the responsibility of individuals, who must make lifestyle choices within the existing structures of civilization. To achieve a truly sustainable culture by this means is impossible. Industrial infrastructure is incompatible with a living planet. If life on Earth is to survive, the global political and economic structures need to be dismantled.”

Article continues here:  Sustainability is destroying the Earth.

Activist, sailor, passionate about the earth and all it's inhabitants without favour . Brace for imminent impact as we bare witness to the non-linear unraveling of the biosphere and habitability disappearing for most if not all complex life on the only habitable planet we know of. To quote President Niinistö in North Russia: ‘If We Lose the Arctic, We Lose the World’. Folks we have lost the Arctic.

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64 comments on “Sustainability’s Place in Killing the Living Planet
  1. Kevin Hester says:

    “And it suggests NSW taxpayers are missing out on tens of millions of dollars in waste levies, which would be payable if the material was dumped in NSW landfill rather than being trucked 900 kilometres north and dumped in Queensland.”
    Have a think for a moment about the carbon footprint of this ‘recycling’.
    Sapiens, so good at fooling themselves and no one else.
    https://www.smh.com.au/national/duped-at-the-dump-recycling-rort-as-the-truth-is-buried-20180219-p4z0v7.html

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  2. Kevin Hester says:

    “There are grand schemes to power the
    world using renewable energy. The
    difficulty is that no one has bothered to
    check to see if the resources are available
    to produce that energy.”

    https://voicesmotherearth.blogspot.co.nz/2018/04/the-second-law-of-thermodynamics-gaping.html

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  3. Kevin Hester says:

    “Indeed, the term “renewable” is among the greatest PR confidence tricks ever to be played upon an unsuspecting public, since solar panels and wind (and tidal and wave) turbines are very much a product of and dependent upon the fossil carbon economy.”

    http://consciousnessofsheep.co.uk/2018/05/11/not-so-renewables/

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  4. Kevin Hester says:

    “Industrial-scale renewable energy does nothing to remake exploitative relationships with the earth, and instead represents the renewal and expansion of the present capitalist order.”
    Great article summing up the dishonesty surrounding the ‘renewable’ sector of the very same capitalism that is grinding the living planet into dust.
    https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/3797-end-the-green-delusions-industrial-scale-renewable-energy-is-fossil-fuel

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  5. Kevin Hester says:

    Great interview with Professor Tim Garrett talking about Industrial civilisation being a heat engine irrespective of what it is powered with and a lesson in the second law of Thermo-dynamics ;
    http://environmentalprofessionalspostulating.libsyn.com/ep-012-a-discussion-with-professor-tim-garrett

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    • Steven Spencer says:

      Thanks Kevin – the interview isn’t so good haha, it’s still great to have the “Garrett Relation” and the Civilisation as a heat engine idea explained straight from the source.

      P.S it’s the second law of thermodynamics 😬

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  6. Kevin Hester says:

    “Ditch the almond milk: why everything you know about sustainable eating is probably wrong
    From cod to clingfilm, the advice we’re given can often be confusing. If you’re serious about eating green, here are some straightforward solutions”
    https://www.theguardian.com/food/2018/sep/05/ditch-the-almond-milk-why-everything-you-know-about-sustainable-eating-is-probably-wrong?CMP=fb_gu

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  7. Kevin Hester says:

    “So, even if sunlight and wind is seemingly infinite, our planet Earth is not. Any short-term material gain of ours is a loss for the world around us. Renewables only accelerate this process.”
    More excellent, honest work from Tim Garrett who Professor Guy McPherson often quotes.
    https://nephologue.blogspot.com/2018/07/are-renewables-our-salvation.html

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  8. Kevin Hester says:

    “Given the choice between economic collapse today and a global holocaust at some unspecified time in future, they’ll (we’ll) take the economy every time.”
    There is no way to deny Jevons paradox unless you are a large NGO or the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand spruiking for the renewable sector of capitalism.
    The cold hard fact of the matter is that industrial civilisation is unsustainable and so called ‘ renewables’ are a diversion so that people won’t concentrate on the unfolding 6th great extinction and the unsustainability of our way of life.
    I find it repulsive and cruel that leftys and greenies are selling this bullshit to the youth. When they find out about the severity of the crisis they are gonna be extremely angry. Make sure you don’t find yourself on the same side as the very corporations who have ground the living planet into dust and are bullshitting the youth.
    http://consciousnessofsheep.co.uk/2018/06/18/the-renewable-road-to-extinction/

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Kevin Hester

Kevin Hester is currently living on Rakino Island, a small island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand, monitoring the unravelling of the biosphere and volunteering at the Rakino Island Nursery is currently developing a proposal to create a marine reserve near by. The Island has no grid tied electricity or reticulated water.  I catch my own water from the roof and generate my electricity from the ample solar radiation on the island.

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