Madam President small island nations particularly low lying atolls like Tuvalu who are surrounded by sea have always had great hope that the ocean brings prosperity and life. The ocean is now brining destruction and is threatening our very existence. Sea level rise could engulf our nation, our entire nation and therefore erase our rights as a nation and as a sovereign state Madam President it is vitally important that the international community take immediate and decisive action to address climate change now. Not tomorrow, not in 2015, and definitely not in 2020.
We have no time to waste, and we are only a few inches, from the point of no return. Money restricts freedoms it does not give us access to products and services it restricts access to them. If you have trailers full of dollars, then you have a whole lot more freedom than someone who has a handful of dollars. That is the reality of our financial system. If we look at money as a store of labour, we can ask the question what happens when there are not enough labour opportunities.
Available for our entire species In our human history in which we have used any form of money we have never managed full employment. In today’s world of more than seven billion people could you even imagine what that might look like Even with much less than full employment on our planet, we waste enough global resources producing a stratified range of substandard products to require 1.5 Earths in an attempt to continue to sustain it long term. Do we really need to continue down that road in order to confirm the ultimate conclusion.
We Are All Slaves to Our Economic System
Look at a product like a mobile telephone, as an example. Walk into any shop selling these items and how many options are we faced with There is an obscenely stratified range of these products and the resource waste involved in producing the cheapest phone is very much identical to that of the top end phone, which amounts to an absurd waste of planetary resources. On top of that, every year a new phone is released and promoted as the musthave product. This results in people lining up in advance of the release date.
In order to buy this product that on a very fundamental level is almost identical to the predecessor. What happens to the old phones Sure, there is lip service given to recycling, but the reality is they pile up as mountains of toxic ewaste in distant countries, far removed from the sleepy eyes of the western consumer. In these socalled developing nations, other human beings strip down the phones and other electronics, subjecting themselves to all manner of toxins, so they may earn a couple of dollars a day. How many products do we produce on our planet that come in a similar stratified range.
All of them, everything we have created is offered form the lowend cheap as chips bit of useless crap, all the way through to the highend product for people living in the Magic Kingdom. Worse yet, even the people living in the Magic Kingdom are not getting the best we can produce. Nobody is! Every last bit of materialistic junk we manufacture on this planet is made to either break or be obsolete within a time frame that our outmoded market system can sustain. You do not keep billions of people employed by producing products that are made to last,.
Are easily maintainedfixed or are capable of being upgraded. To do that requires you produce a momentous amount of complete and utter shit. In fact, you need to really spend some time and effort researching exactly how to go about making things that you can be sure will fail in order to pull this kind of system off for as long as we have. There is just no need for it. When you look around and see all that utterly cheap garbage, the kind of stuff you can find in dollar shops and the like,.
You know what that represents Wasted lives! It is not fair, and it is not good enough. We as a species are capable of so much more, and more importantly, if we have any intention of leaving future generations an environment that even has a hope of sustaining some kind of meaningful existence, then we need to change. We need to change our attitudes in a big way. Consider a child born into either a wealthy or a poor family while on the fundamental level both children are primarily the same,.
Their potential access to resources are extremely different, and should that poor family live in a developing nation then those differences are greatly exacerbated. In our current social system, when it comes to individual outcomes, there is a certain amount of luck involved in relation to where and the economic standing of the family anyone is born into. While there are certainly examples of individuals overcoming the odds to experience what we currently term as success , how many do not overcome, for every one that does Even if we were to take a more holistic approach to our custodianship of this planet,.
Yet continued to maintain any form of labour exchange system, there would be a plurality of social issues that would persist. Consider again the phone example discussed previously. If, in the interest of planetary sustainability, we amalgamated the corporations in order to work in cooperation to produce the best possible phone for any given period of time which would mean the design would allow for strategic use of resources, recycling, ease of upgrade and simplicity of repair or replacing worn parts we would quickly find that once the phones had been produced,.
Employment roles would become greatly reduced. Applying this approach to general production globally, it can only be expected that we would find not only would we be using less resources, but there would also be ever diminishing employment opportunities. If we get transfixed on a manufactured need to continue using some form of currency in order to facilitate the exchange of labour for purchasing power, then we may as well look at our own children, laugh and tell them they are screwed. Because like it or no, that is exactly what we are setting them up for.
We can keep doing what we are doing we can take the environment to the precipice and push it over the edge it may not result in the end of humanity. The consumption pandemic might not kill all of us, but it can only be expected that at the very least, the resulting environmental degradation would cull human numbers back allowing the biosphere to slowly regenerate. There is no need to put that theory to test. We are an intelligent species, and even if at times it may not seem it,.