Nature Gets Legal Rights
Approximately two-thirds of Ecuador’s population voted ‘yes’ this Autumn, in a historic, national referendum – a result that reflects the vast majority’s hopeful expectation of political change. By an overwhelming margin, the Ecuadorians backed their president, Rafael Correa, in voting for a new progressive constitution – the first in the world to grant Nature the same inalienable rights as human beings.
I agree wholeheartedly with a more compassionate aim to government.
Unfortunately I believe that it is greed, and all of humanities thirst for power and wealth that prevents these things from becoming reality.
I do believe we are at a breaking point in society. When non essential items become less and less in demand, and people change their focus from getting ahead to helping their neighbors and communities get ahead, then reach out to other communities, we may see change.
We can print money and give it to corporations to spend for themselves. Or we can print some money to revolutionize farming so that prices drop so drastically food is available for the world.
Problem is money in the hands of greedy people doesn't go as far as it should, and the impact of such monies falls short on the goal intended.
I would volunteer my time and energy in a nano second to a cause that wasn't based on greed but rather based on benefiting the community I am a part of.
The options are limited as too much is required for some small organization to revolutionize their community.
Since it would mean lost jobs and income potential for investors in the long run.
Capitalism has fundamental flaws, when coupled with a monetary system that robs that wealth from hard working people. Couple this with bogus programs designed by government, and we are heading nowhere quickly.
Roughly 90 per cent of the world's photovoltaic systems are grid-tied systems. A self-powered home is thought to be an unrealistic, expensive dream. There is a common misconception that it costs about 20 to 30 thousand dollars to solarise a house, understandably beyond the reach of many families during an economic collapse. It is just not true that solarising or turbinising a home costs anywhere near so much. Enterprising individuals are taking advantage of public ignorance to make huge profit margins on simple technology. Who can blame them? With a bit of ingenuity and a couple of spare weekends, the price of providing minimal solar or wind is much much lower, closer to 1 or 2 hundred USD per panel.
In the developed world, solar or wind can only realistically provide ten to twenty per cent of the average household's needs. The average household consumption in the developing world is 800 to 1200 kilowatt hours per month, a wind turbine can only provide a tenth of this. However, this 10 or twenty per cent makes a critical difference in the geography of world power.
Imagine a world where a cloud of fear lifted because houses, hospitals and transport networks were no longer completely at the mercy of a power outage. In the event of a breakdown society can still continue. No-one needs to live the desperate scenarios of a thousand apocalyptic B movies. In the developing world, a solar panel or wind turbine can easily provide for a house's entire needs.