Evo Morales – Save the planet from capitalism

Posted: December 11th, 2008 by: h2

This is about as clearly put as you can get it. I’m wondering just how much further down this road we’ll have to travel before we finally see that treating humans as consumers and nature as raw materials is the impossible dream it always has been.

Just for once I’d like to see a leader in the industrial world admit the truth, but the dream continues, we can have sustainable growth (an oxymoron if ever there was one). Failure to deal with this situation in rational terms within the very near future can have only one, very unpleasant outcome, the beginnings of which we are starting to see today.

As you read this, you’ll probably be thinking, oh, some nutcase hippy, some liberal environmentalist, driving their Volvo to pick up the kids from soccer practice, or something. But read to the end, and you’ll see, not every country in the world is run by idiots who can see only the money lobbyists keep fluttering in front of their faces.

Competition and the thirst for profit without limits of the capitalist system are destroying the planet. Under Capitalism we are not human beings but consumers. Under Capitalism Mother Earth does not exist, instead there are raw materials. Capitalism is the source of the asymmetries and imbalances in the world. It generates luxury, ostentation and waste for a few, while millions in the world die from hunger in the world. In the hands of capitalism everything becomes a commodity: the water, the soil, the human genome, the ancestral cultures, justice, ethics, death … and life itself. Everything, absolutely everything, can be bought and sold and under capitalism. And even “climate change” itself has become a business.

“Climate change” has placed all humankind before a great choice: to continue in the ways of capitalism and death, or to start down the path of harmony with nature and respect for life.
Save the planet from capitalism

Makes you wonder what our ‘leaders’ are thinking about, doesn’t it? At least I hope it does.

I read some more, curious to see what else Morales had to say, here’s another letter from him, from September, 2007

Sister and brother Presidents and Heads of States of the United Nations: The world is suffering from a fever due to climate change, and the disease is the capitalist development model. Whilst over 10,000 years the variation in carbon dioxide (CO2) levels on the planet was approximately 10%, during the last 200 years of industrial development, carbon emissions have increased by 30%. Since 1860, Europe and North America have contributed 70% of the emissions of CO2. 2005 was the hottest year in the last one thousand years on this planet.

Different investigations have demonstrated that out of the 40,170 living species that have been studied, 16,119 are in danger of extinction. One out of eight birds could disappear forever. One out of four mammals is under threat. One out of every three reptiles could cease to exist. Eight out of ten crustaceans and three out of four insects are at risk of extinction. We are living through the sixth crisis of the extinction of living species in the history of the planet and, on this occasion, the rate of extinction is 100 times more accelerated than in geological times.

Faced with this bleak future, transnational interests are proposing to continue as before, and paint the machine green, which is to say, continue with growth and irrational consumerism and inequality, generating more and more profits, without realising that we are currently consuming in one year what the planet produces in one year and three months. Faced with this reality, the solution can not be an environmental make over.
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We need a profound change of direction, at the world wide level, so as to stop being the condemned of the earth. The countries of the north need to reduce their carbon emissions by between 60% and 80% if we want to avoid a temperature rise of more than 2º in what is left of this century, which would provoke global warming of catastrophic proportions for life and nature.

We need to create a World Environment Organisation which is binding, and which can discipline the World Trade Organisation, which is propelling as towards barbarism. We can no longer continue to talk of growth in Gross National Product without taking into consideration the destruction and wastage of natural resources. We need to adopt an indicator that allows us to consider, in a combined way, the Human Development Index and the Ecological Footprint in order to measure our environmental situation.

We need to apply harsh taxes on the super concentration of wealth, and adopt effective mechanisms for its equitable redistribution. It is not possible that three families can have an income superior to the combined GDP of the 48 poorest countries. We can not talk of equity and social justice whilst this situation continues.

The United States and Europe consume, on average, 8.4 times more that the world average. It is necessary for them to reduce their level of consumption and recognise that all of us are guests on this same land; of the same Pachamama.
Let’s Respect Our Mother Earth

Yep. What else can you really say? The truth is simple, lies always are complicated, and have many layers, into which only experts can be allowed to peer in order to decipher the underlying fabrics.

I think however in this case, the situation really is this simple.

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