What you don't understand is that it's not about going backwards or doing some abstract good stewardship or everyone's favorite, "tree hugging."..at
least not for the ones that really understand the science.
Economy means management of a household, so the global economy could be considered management of the planet. There should be two sides of the economic
coin. One side is consumption. The other is WASTE.
Our current economic model does not involve proper management of waste. Human's current system views waste as waste. Nature views waste as nutrients.
It's a closed loop.
If we really valued aligning with natural processes we would absolutely be able to technically do it. There is a way to live a high tech life with
modern comforts using materials that either become nutrients for other living plants or animals or what Bill McDonough calls technological nutrients,
which are 100% recyclable.
He also points out that that recyclable should mean that it retains its original quality, as opposed to what we do now with most "recyclables" which
is really "down-cycling" because it looses quality in the process.
The ecosystem is complex, but we know one thing for sure: It's only abundant when it's in balance.
If you think we can just ignore the waste and it won't eventually begin to have an economic effect you are in for a big surprise. And if you don't
realize it your children will.
The base of the economy are the Earth's resources. Some are renewable and some are non renewable.
Regarding non-renewable resources: To base your economy on something that is finite is idiotic.
Regarding renewable resources: They only flourish when they are nurtured.
Two things could drastically change our direction towards an abundant, yet sustainable world. We need to change our socio-economic system to include
waste in the equation and make the ECOnomy a subset of the ECOsystem, instead of the other way around as it's practiced today.
I'm not an alarmist, but I'm not at all comfortable with the status quo. And when we are talking about the Earth, the very entity that supports all
life, I think it would be smart to take serious steps while erroring on the side of caution.
Take that from a proud Tree Hugger!
edit on 1-2-2012 by Reflection because: spelling error