“I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems.
I was wrong.
The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation.
And we scientists don’t know how to do that.”
- Gus Speth, Author and Top U.S. Advisor on Climate Change
@InternetKevin The reason real scientists don't know how to do that is because economics is not a hard science. It doesn't help matters that the real world economy is not strictly capitalism but a bastardized offshoot that sacrifices the public good and protects the most reprehensible individual behavior because money.
@InternetKevin It wouldn't address it directly, but insofar as resource value is concerned, human productivity is valuable, so things that people value should be prioritized. Things like healthcare, environment, and good quality of life would be paramount importance. Instead, we have vested interests that have succeeded in not only eroding the public interest but convincing them it's what they want and then charging exorbitant administration fees in taxes.
re: Climate change
@InternetKevin This is ... if I read correctly, a key message of William Ophuls's work, notably Ecology and the Politics of Scarcity and Plato's Revenge.
The first looks principally at the ecological factors, though it looks at politics. The second largely the psychology and sociology of addressing global catastrophic risk.
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