In looking for solutions to the ecological crisis we face it is important that we do not perpetuate further social injustices. It is easy to assume that everyone is living or wants to be living in our capitalist economy. The internet with its ready access to vast troves of information gives us the illusion that we can now access all the known information in the whole world with a simple google search. Yet the information we access is firstly limited to what is written in the language(s) we can read and to that which has been recorded by people with access and knowledge of such technology. Which means that many voices from peoples living in radically alternative ways are effectively silenced or marginalised. Amongst these peoples are groups who are living a much more sustainable lifestyle than we are, and have been doing so for a very long time. So wouldn’t it be sensible to let them continue living in the way they have devised for themselves over many generations?
Yet over and over again we see groups of people being displaced from their lands or having their access to ancestral lands curtailed, to make way for mining, agriculture, and other infrastructure projects that are conceived to feed the voracious needs of our ever growing capitalist system.
by Anne Bunning
Many of us think the environmental crisis is so massive that if the world is to survive, the only option is a revolution in our behaviour, in the way corporations and nations manage the global economy, and in our life priorities. SCSA’s Economy Working Group developed a background paper on just this topic in 2010.
Jane Gleeson-White (JGW) suggests that evolution is a possibility – through accountants.
You can hear Jane Gleeson-White at Adelaide Writer’s Week, 3.45pm on 5 March 2015
In Six Capitals (Allen and Unwin, 2014) JGW argues that accountants have the power to hold nations and corporations accountable for their impact on nature.
Following on from Eleanor’s article on Divestment Day it is interesting and encouraging to note that the Quaker’s announced earlier this year that they will be moving their corporate funds from the big four banks accompanied by the following media release:
A economy that demands infinite growth is not compatible with a the one planet we have. Recent research (see review of papers in Rate of environmental degradation puts life on earth at risk says scientists) is stating even more clearly that the link between the current economic system and our environmental problems.
So what are the alternatives?
The Art of Economics (and may it one day become an art) needs a new story and a new language that doesn’t require us to choose between self and others, work and aliveness, our own lives and the lives of fellow humans or the health of the planet. A language that has the potential to re-frame the story, re-educate our thinking and get us back on the side of community, on the side of the earth and on the side of life. Inez Aponte – From dismal science to language of beauty – Towards a new story of economics
Following is a great clip on one possible happier and more sustainable future.
What would your dream society look like?