30th September 2011
I love the sight ‘bigthink’, a repository for ideas so absurd that only intellectuals could believe them. This is one such foray.
Yesterday marked the day the Earth went into ecological debt.
Don’t you just love that phrase? ‘Ecological debt’. Sounds as if it ought to mean something, doesn’t it? Something profound. Something important.
Humans have already used a year’s worth of the planet’s productivity and natural resources.
Decided by who? Left undefined. But humans suck, so we know it’s true.
Dubbed ‘Earth Overshoot Day’ by the Global Footprint Network, the planet will be in ecological debt for the rest of the year.
And who are the ‘Global Footprint Network’? Never heard of ’em. But that doesn’t matter. Humans suck, so we know they’re right.
Human’s depend on the Earth for everything from food to fuel and clothing, but since the 1970’s humans have been using more resources than a single planet provides, the Network says.
And yet we never seem to run out, do we? How does that work, exactly? Left unexplained. But humans suck, so we know it’s true.
To keep up our current usage rates we would need between 1.3 to 1.5 Earths.
For how long? And how accurate is the assumption that we would ‘keep up our current usage rates’, much less use the same amount of the same things, given that the period is unspecified? Left unexplained. But humans suck, so we know it’s true.
From rising food and fuel prices to climate change, we are suffering the consequences.
Well, that’s what happens, doesn’t it? As we run out of stuff, prices go up until we can’t afford it any more and people stop using it. Sort of a self-correcting problem, to anybody who knows anything about how markets work. But apparently these people are not in that number. Pity, that. Makes you wonder what else they don’t know.
The industrial economies of the world are unsustainable.
A popular concept, but never justified; just stated as if it were a fact, obvious to the most casual observer. But humans suck, so we know they’re right.
If everyone on the planet consumed energy the way an average American did, we would need five Earths to meet our energy needs.
But everyone on the planet doesn’t consume energy the way an average American does, nor are they likely to. So what, of anything, does this add to the discussion. Left unexplained. Also left unexplained is the fact that if everyone on the planet produced energy — and other goods and services — the way an average American does, it wouldn’t be a problem. But they obviously aren’t interested in things that will never be a problem; they want problems to abound, so that people will turn to them for solutions. Besides, humans and Americans suck, so we know they’re right.
And on and on and on. Further fisking of this drivel is left as an exercise for the reader.