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yeah, we’re probably fucked…

June 22, 2011

Sigh, yet another doom-and-gloom scenario linked to climate change and our collective impact on the environment, this time courtesy of the BBC in the form of an article, “World’s oceans in ‘shocking’ decline.” The gist of it is, a ‘panel of expert scientists’ have concluded that if we don’t change our behaviour right now, our oceans are basically fucked.

Personally, I agree that we need to change our behaviour, particularly the ways we produce our means of subsistence, but I doubt that we’re going to in time to prevent our actions from doing even more irreparable harm to the planet. Capitalism has become the dominate economic system worldwide, and with it, rampant consumerism, depletion of natural resources and industrial pollution on a global scale. The market itself is designed to give people what they want, regardless of the consequences, and it’s unsustainable.

Sure, historically speaking, capitalism and the technological advancements it’s fostered have arguably provided a greater standard of living for a large portion of the population in what amounts to the blink of an eye; but the system is amoral (if not immoral), and it’s basically turned us into a bunch of greedy parasites intent on killing our host. Barring a radical shift in human consciousness and/or a socio-political revolution on an epic scale, I’m pretty sure we are fucked.

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