CHASING CHANGE

We promote a philosophy of returning Earth to a healthy state for the benefit of humanity.

Chasing Change

In our quest towards sustainability we need to accept and acknowledge the reality that there are ‘Limits to Growth’. We might in future be able to harness infinite clean energy from nuclear and geothermal technologies, but the materials or resources required to produce useful commodities remains finite. To clamp down on our activities and products that are harmful to the Planet by means of green growth might perhaps be a little too late. We urgently need to promote and implement degrowth strategies and invest in ventures that will restore Earth’s capacity to provide.

Nature Knows Best

Nature has developed over millions of epochs to form a balanced system. In a few decades humans have disrupted this dynamic balance. Solving the problem requires an understanding of the basic laws of nature and a return to an ecologically friendly industrial system that will replace our current malfunctioning system which currently simply draws matter and energy from the natural system without purposeful feedback. We yet have to learn how to attain “techno-maturity” – a symbiosis between technology and the ingenuity of Nature.

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NIMBI – Not in My Backyard

If there is something that is widely agree upon it is that we have a looming environmental crisis. Actually, that is not true! What we have is a dire human crisis. Notwithstanding the global attempt to remedy the situation by way of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) set in 2015 the UN 2021 report issued a Code Red warning that we are entering a non-return crisis. A recent scientific study (Dearing et.al., June 2023) based on software from more than 70,000 different simulations, points to the large ecosystem collapse that could happen as soon as in the next decade, i.e. 2030!

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Religion and the environmental crisis

The UN issued a Code Red warning that humanity is entering, ecologically speaking, a non-return crisis. The real deep-seated reason for the dilemma lies not in industrialization per se but in the attitudes of people who are inherently selfish and greedy, insisting on amenities that require the extracting of more resources than can be delivered by Nature’s ecoservices. Religious beliefs play an important role in people’s disposition. The falling apart of the system can only be reversed by unselfish caring of love and respect for fellow humans and for Nature.

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The environmental crisis: Who is to be blamed?

The threatening environmental crisis is undeniable. The failure to take remedial actions can be blamed on governments who are more interested in retaining voters goodwill than saving Nature. The same is true for industry which are only interested in financial gain. The fundamental culprit however is the human aptitude for comfortable, if not luxury, living. This is driving industry to extract more and more resources with its concomitant degradation of the ecology. It also discourages governments to follow a path of economic degrowth. The issue at stake is can the rich, and especially the ultra-rich, be convinced to accept a more simplistic way of life?

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The Uneasy Equation

Economic development depends on the use of Matter and Energy. According to the Laws of Thermodynamics Energy and Matter are limited. Energy cannot be reused (entropy)and is thus limited and Matter is also limited and cannot be increased. Optimum balance between the two is necessary to optimize economic development in harmony with Nature. Unbalanced use of these resources will lead to disruption of the earth’s ecosystems and unsustainable conditions.

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