Almost twenty years ago, during filming for Earthwatch on ABC TV, I stood knee-deep in water in a semi-submerged office constructed 20 metres offshore at Williamstown near Melbourne.
The point of the exercise? To drive home in a graphic – if deliberately tongue-in-cheek way – the seriousness of possible implications of global warming.
Mainstream economists are trying to kill us. They don't think of it that way, but they should. The standard policies promoting endless economic growth of the conventional sort are destroying the ecosystem. Converging and interacting with other threats such as population growth, peak oil, and excessive per capita consumption, such policies and the economic growth they promote are hastening a looming global ecological collapse.
As international trade develops and Internet brings closer together the distanced continents, the peoples of the world relive colonization with the Aquarius Era in full blast. One will rarely admit that globalization in effect is a colonization revival with the powerful imposing their might anew.
A Chinese saying states that, “One person’s plans are limited, but many people’s thoughts may do wonders.” A bit far fetched, true, and one can actually argue against such a statement. But essentially, the saying meant that many ideas are better than only one. And this point is proven by man’s perpetual habits to hold meetings in a group to trash things out whenever he cannot decide on an important issue. Thus, in our modern, pragmatic society, we are concerned with adopting the proven method that works best in any issue.