We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Monday, September 26, 2011

Humanity falls deeper into ecological debt: study

Click here to access article from AFP carried in The West Australian. 
Humankind will slip next week into ecological debt, having gobbled up in less then nine months more natural resources than the planet can replenish in a year, researchers said Tuesday. 
Isn't it interesting that we have to go to an obscure Australian online newspaper to find the results of this research whose origin was from a French news service? Then, I find that the research was done by the Global Footprint Network. Guess where that is located? Oakland, California! Isn't the Internet wonderful? Anyway, check out their report.

I usually expect The Huffington Post to cover reports like this; but only after a search of their website, I found this article which seems to only incidentally refer to the report. Could this be because Huffington Post is now owned by AOL

Likewise, I did a Google search on "Global Footprint Network" to see if I could find other online services carrying this report. I found that the report was carried in a fairly obscure environmental site called Green Living, a Pakistani site called Dawn, and a site somewhere in the province of Ontario, Canada called Northumberland View 

Doesn't the above illustrate how much of our news is controlled by a ruling class whose sole object is profit, and who don't want you know anything about the ongoing destruction of the planet that their activities are causing??

We have had warnings about this destructive trend since the 1970's; but our addicted capitalist ruling class have consistently obscured and contradicted such findings and the result is that we continue to allow this class and their system to destroy our planet and ourselves.