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Journal Jeremiah Cornelius's Journal: Burn, Baby, Burn! 1

"Sustainability" is, as far as I can see, a project designed to keep this culture - this lifestyle - afloat. The modern human economy is an engine of mass destruction. Of course, I am conflicted about this. I live at the heart of this machine; like you, I am a beneficiary of it. If it falls apart, I will probably suffer, and I don't want to. ...

I don't think any "climate movement" is going to reverse the tide of history, for one reason: We are all climate change. It is not the evil "1%" destroying the planet. We are all of us part of that destruction. This is the great, conflicted, complex situation we find ourselves in. I am climate change. You are climate change. Our culture is climate change. And climate change itself is just the tip of a much bigger iceberg, if you'll pardon the terrible but appropriate pun. If we were to wake up tomorrow to the news that climate change were a hoax or a huge mistake, we would still be living in a world in which extinction rates were between 100 and 1000 times natural levels and in which we have managed to destroy 25 percent of the world's wildlife in the last four decades alone."


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  • by kesuki ( 321456 ) on Friday July 25, 2014 @08:36PM (#47535909) Journal

    real 'sustainable' living isn't a bad goal. if you presume that all people are fundamentally incapable of doing this then you are on the wrong side of history. humans have had technology since people started writing things down.

    some cultures are on the wrong side of this issue. it may seem that all cultures are now on the wrong side of history. apple uses solar power and hydrogen fuel cells to power all of itunes and icloud. don't you think that is on the right side of history? isn't a model that can be copied and emulated to allow a sustainable model in the computer age a good thing? and not just green washing.

    otoh having 26 cars drive 500 miles as fast as they can and having solar power to run their radios and tv computers etc seems way more greenwashing than trying to be on the right side of history.

Who goeth a-borrowing goeth a-sorrowing. -- Thomas Tusser