The posts on this site support the cause of ecological sustainability. They promote the building of a really green politics, a politics for life on earth, all life not just its human form. This politics is founded on an ethos of ‘enoughness’, sharing the Earth’s bounty, rather than the avaricious ‘moreness’ that dominates contemporary culture.
To put it another way, really green politics opposes the suicidal politics of unlimited expectations and open-ended entitlements, be they under the guise of the so-called ‘free’ market’, ‘mixed’ economies or centrally planned economic systems. It is therefore against unrestrained population growth and the pursuit of open-ended economic expansion. It similarly dissents from the modern cult of the ‘technofix’, salvation through technological miracles. Sadly, it has to challenge much thinking and policy-making under the labels of so-called ‘sustainable development’, ‘smart planning’ and ‘green growth’. Often it is greenwash for still unsustainable goals and policies.
Tragically, most organisations and indeed large sections of the general public are living in a fantasy world. They behave as if it were possible for society to continue on its present course without disaster. They are living as if there were no tomorrow, thus ensuring that the future will be bleak indeed. The overriding and all-embracing issue today is that the foundations of life on Earth are crumbling. The only truly realistic politics is one that address that reality.
The primary challenge of our times, then, is to cut down the scale of human activity and live within natural limits, to ‘think shrink’, sometimes called ‘de-growth’. All else is a matter, as Fritz Schumacher once put it, of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Overall, our culture, our technologies, our political and economic systems, must be rooted in the checks and balances of life on Earth .…and the sooner we begin to make the transition, the easier and more satisfactory it is likely to be.
The ecological alternative — a society sustainably in balance with the Earth’s capacities, patterns and rhythms — is also one which most likely will deliver a way of life more satisfying and, indeed, more convivial than the destructive rat race that is the hallmark of contemporary lifestyles. Ecocentrism — Earth first — not egocentrism must be the watchword.
The movement for sustainability may be small at present but from little things …