Thursday, 28 February 2013

Green Economy, An Oxymoron?

Electrically-powered bicycle after the lecture...
Electrically-powered bicycle after the lecture "Green economy" (Photo credit: Wikipedia)






















Can the words 'Green' and 'Economy' together be anything but an oxymoron?

The working definition of a 'Green Economy' developed by UNEP is -
"improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one which is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive."
http://www.unep.org/greeneconomy/AboutGEI/WhatisGEI/tabid/29784/Default.aspx

The first part (improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities).
 In any economy the driving force from top to bottom is individuals striving to do exactly that at a personal level, to improve their well-being, their personal social equity in their place on the ladder, at the same time significantly reducing environmental risks to themselves (not in my backyard) and through wealth insulating themselves from ecological scarcities.
The second part (in its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one which is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.) leaves out the most important factor  - it must be sustainable!

The Green Economy does not exist and never will do, what does exist are words and concepts that have been manipulated to create an illusion.

Do any Politician understand the meaning of 'reform'?
"to make an improvement, especially by changing a person's behaviour or the structure of something"
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/reform_1?q=Reform

When the UK Government speak of Welfare Reform they are not speaking of improvement to the lives of those on benefits, in reality their 'reform' is an imposition of austerity, a worsening not an improvement. The concept of reform has been manipulated to create an illusion.

We all know what a supermarket is yet it is neither super or a marketplace, it is a big shop belonging one of a chain that strives to reduce competition, the complete opposite to the concept of a marketplace.

The meaning of 'sustainable' is -
"causing little or no damage to the environment and therefore able to continue for a long time "
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/sustainable?q=sustainability

I am not aware of any economy Green or otherwise that does not require depleting resources to keep it going. From the Roman Empire to our recent economic problems history has told us that economies are always unsustainable.
The concept of 'economy' is a manipulated illusion itself, and really would we want the Roman Empire to have lasted up until today?

We need to create sustainable models by which to lead our lives into a more equitable future, not illusive 'Green' concepts and manipulated economics.



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