Layne Hartsell discusses civilization with ecophilosopher Derrick Jensen
In this two-part series, we continue with the discussion of the civilization known as Half-Earth, which was invented by biologist EO Wilson in his book Half-Earth as a means of securing the regenerative forces of the nature that would mitigate climate change. . The question is how this should be done, where one version is to move people to cities in an ultra-urbanization type system.
We continue with a discussion of the points below:
Hartsell, first point: EO Wilson writes: “We struggle, terribly driven, with no particular goal but economic growth, unfettered consumption, good health and personal happiness. The impact on the rest of the biosphere is everywhere negative, the environment becoming unstable and less pleasant, our long-term future less certain. capitalism; advanced technical societies are small compared to the rest of the human and animal population, but create enormous havoc. Next, Wilson offers a solution or Half-Earth, which is a version of moving the population of human beings from Earth to urban areas. centers and let nature restore the planet. One of the great science fiction writers, KimStanley Robinson, wrote in an op-ed: “People have tended to love cities and have congregated there since the invention of agriculture about 10,000 years ago. . That’s why we call it civilization. He continues: “Cities emerge from the confusion of possibilities like beacons of hope… If we manage urbanization correctly, we could almost withdraw from a considerable percentage of the planet’s surface. It would be good for many of the endangered species we share this planet with, which would be good for us, because we are completely entangled in Earth’s web of life. Stanley says we should because “people are leaving the land and moving to the cities anyway.”
Hartsell, second point: I’m introducing a hypothetical “Let’s say we go with Half-Earth, what would that look like?”
The techno-optimist stance, quoting Wilson, “Some believe that humanity should accept the ecological chaos we have created as a damaged collateral to a bright destiny. ‘We are like gods,’ wrote futurist Stewart Brand, ” and we must become good.” Earth is our planet, this vision continues to zigzag the logic, and our ultimate role is to take control of it all. Despite some kerfuffles such as economic crises, climate change and wars of religion, we are improving in every way all the time. We are traveling faster and faster around the globe, reaching higher and probing deeper, and looking further across the universe. We are collectively learning at an exponential rate all that the Great God allows our little gods to learn, and put all this knowledge within reach of all with a few touches.We EO Wilson, Half-Earth, First (New York, NY: WW Norton, 2016). P.46
△ Derrick Jensen is an American ecophilosopher, writer, author and teacher. He co-authored the recent book, Bright Green Lies, and is the author of Endgame and The Culture of Make Believe, and A Language Older than Words. He was named one of Utne Reader’s “50 Visionaries Changing Your World” and won the Eric Hoffer Award in 2008 and is considered the poet-philosopher of the environmental movement.
△ Layne Hartsell, Ph.D. is Board Member of Korea IT Times and Research Professor at Asia Institute, Berlin/Tokyo in Energy, Economics and Environment (3E).
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