Is living off the grid a needed step forward or just an evasion, however well-meaning, of what really needs to be done.
So many liberal enviros won’t touch the ugly, hairy, 500 pound guerrilla in the room: Capitalism.
We have to be rational and realize these markers aren’t really all that revolutionary in the long run. They are only band aid approaches that make the brutal free market system more palatable to us folks with a pesky conscience.
So says Brickburner, in their post aptly titled No Impact? Exactly.
As long as short-sighted predatory capitalism, with its focus on profits above everything else including the health of the planet, is allowed to prevail, there can be no real remediation of global warming. A system that puts the well-being of all above profits is what’s needed.
Sure, I use CFLs not incandescents, recycle as much as possible and try to keep my carbon footprint low. But those are individual efforts and can’t replace the societal restructuring needed to stop climate change. To expect capitalists to put the long-term good ahead of this quarter’s profits is delusion.