13 Aug '11, 12am

Begin With the Children

Begin With the Children

I have just begun to read a new book called The Bridge at the Edge of the World by James Gustave Speth (Yale University Press, 2008). It is subtitled “Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability.” The book’s message is that the Earth’s current crisis is caused by modern, unquestioning, environmentally destructive growth-at-all-costs capitalism. Speth calls what is happening “the Great Collision,” where the global economy is crashing against the earth, creating enormous damage. Aside from the direct results of global warming, he describes how we have plundered the earth’s resources: Half the world’s tropical and temperate forests are now gone. The rate of deforestation in the tropics continues at about an acre a second. Half of the wetlands and a third of the mangroves are gone. An estimated 90 percent of the large predator fish are gone, and 75 ...

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