Eearth Culture
making western society sustainable

Why We Need Eearth

We Have Triggered Collapse - Climate Denial Is Rife - Planetary Boundaries Crossed - Ecocide Is Still Legal - Capitalism Is Killing The Planet - The Myopic Elite - Infantilism And The Truth - Beliefs And Values Shape Our Behaviour

A human being clings to a refugee ship, terrified. All humans deserve a planet that has plenty,
and this can be achieved by restoring nature and fostering happiness.

A whale washed up dead on a beach with a gut full of plastics.
We Have Triggered Collapse
Guy McPherson discusses Near Term Human Extinction. He says that we have already passed the climate tipping points and there is nothing left to do, but be kind to each other as the planet dies, and we all die with it, over the coming few years. Paul Gilding discusses the Great Disruption, a type of collapse that will trigger a human response that may prevent it from being fatal.
Climate Denial Is Rife
Naomi Klein discusses climate denial on Q&A, the Australian political chat show. It is interesting that the rich white guy's primary argument for burning fossil fuels is the well-being of poor people in developing countries. Coal is Good for Humanity... supposedly.
Russian thermobaric weapons detonated off the coast of Crimea in 2016 military exercises.
Planetary Boundaries Crossed
The Planetary Boundaries are nine big Earth systems that need to be protected if the humans are to enjoy the Long Future. Listen to Bron Taylor - author of Dark Green Religion - talk about how the humans have exceeded some of the Planetary Boundaries.
Rather than helping the baby dolphin, these people took it from the sea for selfies. What belief system caused this behaviour?
Ecocide Is Still Legal
Polly Higgins discusses the proposed new international law on ecocide - killing nature. Ecocide legislation is drafted as a strict liability crime that imputes upon those at the very top end - CEOs, directors, heads of state, ministers, financiers, lobbyists - a legal duty of care to put the health and well-being of the people first.
A fearless young woman faces off with a man wrapped in body armour.
Capitalism Is Killing The Planet
Two and a half minute excerpt of interview with journalist Chris Hedges and Rob Urie discussing his book Zen Capitalism. In particular, they discuss climate change and the need for "fundamentally reconsidering the way that we relate to the world, which would be a reconsideration of capitalism and really modern life."
Chris Hedges: You speak throughout the book about climate change an how its intimately tied now to this self-destructive quality that is endemic to capitalism, especially expressed now globally.

Rob Urie: The question back really is, how is it possible to resolve climate change, global warming and I would add nuclear weapons to that. And I read a lot, I listen a lot of opinions on these issues and my argument in the book that I go through the background philosophy to try to make, is that without fundamentally reconsidering the way that we relate to the world, which would be a reconsideration of capitalism and really modern life...

Chris Hedges:  Could we break it down to say the capacity to honor the sacred, which we've lost?

Rob Urie:  I think that that’s a useful way of putting it, in the sense that it removes the distance, if you will. The sacred is something that – I don’t want to put words in your mouth – but that would be a part of the way we relate to the world that’s either conscious or unconscious.

Chris Hedges: It’s as if life has an intrinsic value that can’t be measured in monetry terms

Rob Urie:  99.9% of world history is relating to the world without the medium of money in between us and the world. And if we look at where the environmental destruction of global warming is coming from you can tie it in geography and history very specifically to industrial capitalism.

Chris Hedges: You make this point, it’s a good point. And you talk about how if we look now what Frantz Fanon called the Wretched of the Earth, if we were to draw a map of this, it completely replicates imperialistic structures.

Rob Urie: It does. History is embedded. And one of the problems with economics, or one of the challenges it poses, is that it puts economic theory in the ever-present, whereas these historical relationships are persistent, and they’re embedded, and people live their lives through them. And so economic theory cannot count what’s taken away; such as indigenous ways of relating of and indigenous economies, that I believe are tied to the notion of the sacared that your talking about, in the sense that there is a direct relation between the people and each other, and a direct relation between the people and the way they get by in the world, that’s developed through histroy.

A tank crashes through the burning debris of a battlefield. Unsustainable resource consumption fosters conflic over resources.
The Myopic Elite
Chris Hedges discusses the poor governance provided by the elite, who keep perpetuating models of behaviour that exacerbate the global social and environmental crisis. The superclass elite could just as easily promote an economic model that is fair to people and the natural biological systems of Earth. They ought to be encouraged to do so.
A stockpile of tyres goes up in flames.
Infantilisim And The Truth
Chris Hedges interviews climate activist Tim DeChristopher about climate change.
Two scenarios for the future: depleted, exhausted, dead; or vibrant, and alive. What we believe dictates our behaviour.
Beliefs and Values Shape Our Behaviour

"I don't believe the main problem today as we face issues like climate chenge, the real problem is not technological, economic or even social. The primary problem we face is psychological. The beliefs and the values we hold shape our behaviour and our actions, and the fact that we fight same battles over and over again, shows that we haven't changed our belief and values system, an so we continue to attack the biosphere in the same way."

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A small nuclear bomb is detonated in Bikini Atoll to test the effectiveness of nuclear weapons against shipping.