Resilience is a daily free on-line source of ‘progressive’ news about environmental matters that is not beholden to corporate advertisers. As the COP 21 meeting gets underway in Paris, this article* suggests the a new grand narrative has now emerged around the issue of climate change and its implications. Irrespective of one’s perspective on climate change, the author argues that the whole of humanity is at least talking about this truly global phenomenon in a way that has never before captured humanity’s attention.
There is now one grand narrative which ties us all together, whether we want to be connected or not, whether we are preoccupied with our personal, community or national narratives or not. That is the narrative of our changing climate and the resulting threat to the continuity of our world civilization. The upcoming climate talks in Paris this week are but one expression of this new reality.
George Monbiot is a remarkable journalist who constantly takes on conventional wisdom to expose its blindness to the harsh reality of the unsustainable impact of humans and their ever-expanding ‘Machine World’ on the finite Natural World’ which they regards as ‘resources’ to sustain exponential economic growth. This article shows how false accounting appears to show that the use of resources (relative and absolute de-coupling) is becoming more efficient in the richer countries when, in fact, the imports of products and materials from poorer countries is not properly accounted for. As always, Monbiot supplies links to the scientific sources of his arguments. Coming in the run up to the Paris Climate Summit (CoP 21) this little known error of accounting is exposed in a timely manner. As usual Monbiot cuts to the quick, striking at the heart of the existential threat of untrammelled economic growth on Spaceship Earth.