RELEASE: New Earth Rising as Global Ecological and Economic Threats Worsen
EcoInternet's innovative environmental sustainability e-zine arrives as globally one quarter of land is being degraded, the Arctic is melting, rainforests are dying, and the economy collapsing. Gaia and her humanity's survival depend upon reaching a steady state economy and other biocentric policies adequate to achieve ecological sustainability
By Earth's Newsdesk, a project of EcoInternet
CONTACT: Dr. Glen Barry
(Earth) — EcoInternet is pleased to announce the second issue of their “New Earth Rising” e-zine, entitled “Ecological Sustainability, the Growth Machine, and the Financial Crisis“. There, nearly a dozen authors explore the implications of the current economic crisis for the survival of the Earth and all her creatures, including humans.
In the lead article, entitled “New Green Deal or Not: Industrial Capitalism Is Assured Death“, the e-zine's editor, Dr. Glen Barry, critically examines New Green Deal proposals that supposedly will solve climate change while providing jobs. He concludes their focus upon economic stimulus to promote more economic growth, without reining in consumption, human population, natural resource use and ecosystem destruction, will make things worse. The e-zine arose from his earlier critically acclaimed “Earth Meanders” essay series.
“Nothing grows forever. It is amazing how few recognize economic decline as the inevitable outcome of an economy based upon growth at the expense of natural ecosystems. Required green policies, such as ending the use of coal and old forest logging, must occur regardless if they create or destroy jobs, just to maintain being,” says Dr. Barry.
Other articles share local “barn-raising” actions to weatherize buildings, note the threat to life from speculative capitalism, look forward to a simpler less consumptive life as industrialism ends, and several others intriguing aspects of the economic system as a subset of ecology.
These biocentric policy prescriptions come as emerging science reveals that some 24% of land is being permanently degraded, Arctic ice caps are set to disappear, and the Amazon is dying releasing its carbon. The Earth is on the verge of ecological collapse and all of our shared survivals are threatened. Only rigorous ecological protection and restoration, and moving our economy to a steady state, can save us now.
Dr. Barry continues, “Renewable energy is about more than jobs. It is about saving a habitable Earth. We must all be for green jobs and a new green deal, but only if their implementation is embedded within policies to strip capitalism of its speculative and industrial excesses. We must understand that no amount of green jobs will allow conspicuous consumption to continue.”
EcoInternet is now accepting submissions for the June 2009 issue: “Ecological Sustainability, Freedom and the Stewardship Revolution”. We will be academically discussing what may be necessary to save being — weighing the pros and cons of a “Stewardship Revolution” — an agrarian, decentralized insurgent revolutionary response to averting full ecological collapse and death of humanity.
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