You can’t kill a planet and keep living on it (or off it)

You Can’t Kill a Planet and Live on It, Too
Saturday 16 July 2011
by: Frank Joseph Smecker and Derrick Jensen, Truthout | Op-Ed

Let’s expose the structure of violence that keeps the world economy running.

With an entire planet being slaughtered before our eyes, it’s terrifying to watch the very culture responsible for this – the culture of industrial civilization, fueled by a finite source of fossil fuels, primarily a dwindling supply of oil – thrust forward wantonly to fuel its insatiable appetite for “growth.”

Deluded by myths of progress and suffering from the psychosis of technomania complicated by addiction to depleting oil reserves, industrial society leaves a crescendo of atrocities in its wake.

A very partial list would include the Bhopal chemical disaster, numerous oil spills, the illegal depleted uranium-spewing occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan, mountaintop removal, the nuclear meltdown of Fukushima, the permanent removal of 95 percent of the large fish from the oceans (not to mention full-on systemic collapse of those oceans), indigenous communities replacement by oil wells, the mining of coltan for cell phones and Playstations along the Democratic Republic of the Congo/Rwanda border – resulting in tribal warfare and the near-extinction of the Eastern Lowland gorilla.

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1 thought on “You can’t kill a planet and keep living on it (or off it)”

  1. in january, API announced peak oilno later than 2041. then in february, saudis announced what had long been suspected; that it’s oil reserves are no more tahn 25% as previously reported. so now peak oil by 2025-2030… and the final oil wars will come in advance of that day, eh?

    and 3 months before the stimulus program gave $18.5 billion to poor, tax-free GE to build more fukushima plants… the swiss research institute of zurich published a massive, 4-volume study showing that by 2030, no more uranium… brilliant job of doing their homework as usual.

    so while china is on track to be entirely alternative-energy self-sufficient by 2020-2025… the west has no plans whatsoever to do a thing about this scenario of us reduced, perhaps for the best, to candles and firewood?

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