The culprits behind all the world’s current ills

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In her latest column, Rachel Stewart identifies the culprits behind all the world’s current ills.

After a lengthy preamble Rachel identifies the issues of concern …

[…] What are the things we need to face? It’s a ruddy great neon sign and if you can’t see it flashing, you’re either obtuse, changing nappies, and/or too busy arguing the toss on Twitter or Facebook.

Climate change is here. The race between human survival and the melting ice sheets is on. With it, urgency is being replaced by a kind of shrugging acceptance that the tipping point has been reached. Now, we wait.

The storms will be more frequent and deadly; the diseases will come thick and fast; the crops will fail and, if humans are still standing at the end of that, the heat will shut our bodies down and we will die. […]

[…] Population. The number of people on the planet will rise from 7.6 billion today to 9.7 billion in 2050, according to UN projections. Is that number the problem, or is it over-consumption? It’s both. One leads to the other, and both are killing us.

Water. The new oil. Without it, humanity is condemned. Climate change is affecting water quality, and the risks are incalculable. Rising temperatures; increased levels of sediments, nutrients, and pollutants triggered by more frequent and heavy rainfall; industrial agriculture. The world faces an imminent water crisis that is affecting every part of the planet. Are we ready for the massive influx of refugees from Australia and Asia?

So, these are some of the external ecological and environmental problems. What about the internal human-centric ones? Fascism thrives in such moist conditions and grows like fungi. Fear drives fascism and given its rise, there’s truckloads of it about. And it’s growing. Needs must, and all that. Not enough room or resources for everybody means people will do what has to be done to protect their families.

Poverty and inequality are massive, unstoppable forces. Electing new governments, and new faces, is unlikely to meaningfully alter anything. No politician has the capacity to change what’s coming. The pendulum is in motion; counting down the beats to our demise.[…]

There are plenty of issues to debate in this list but doing so would be an exercise in futility with anyone deeply entrenched in Malthusian ideology so let’s move on to see where Rachel says the problem REALLY  lies, as then we can get on with the task of remedying the situation.

[…] The culprits? Oil companies, industrial agriculture, the 1 per cent, over-fishing, neoliberalism, capitalism, Monsanto, Trump, the “free” market (an oxymoron if ever there was one). You know who they are.[…]

That is what Rachel wants to dismantle/remove/ban but she is curiously quiet on her replacement list.


-NZ Herald

This post was written by Intern Staff

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