Humanity could be sustainable, but… do we want to?

Humanity could be sustainable, but… do we want to?

The Planet is said to be in crisis, but this is only a half truth, the Earth is only undergoing changes on its surface, largely due to human action, but it is not going away. The real crisis is in our civilization, in our way of life.

Although the human species has increased enormously in number of individuals, that growth by itself should not be a problem, since we also have the tools and knowledge so that all that population has a good quality of life, without the need to compromise natural resources for future generations.

We have the knowledge and technology to produce food and energy in a sustainable way. Also to use and recycle drinking water so that it does not run out. It could, then, satisfy the total consumption of products and services if it were to be more rational. In addition, of course, to reduce, reuse and recycle our waste in such a way that they stop causing an environmental collapse in the vicinity of each city. In short, we could drastically reduce the environmental impact of our activities, without this meaning going back to the time of the caves, as our detractors say, that we ecologists intend to do.

The problem lies in the way in which our civilization has developed, in the means and technologies that have been used and in the way in which it has been organized. What has prevailed until now is not the sustainability of resources, but the generation of new consumption needs, in order to increase sales and therefore the economic benefits of the companies that produce them. And to further increase those benefits, costs are minimized, which also means deterioration of the health and well-being of the population, pollution and avoidable destruction of ecosystems.

Ecological imbalances such as global warming are a direct consequence of the over-exploitation of natural resources, in this particular case especially fossil resources, and affect all regions of the world. But its worst effects are felt more intensely in the most depressed areas and within them in the impoverished sectors. And this is rapidly getting worse.

What there is no doubt about is that it is a structural crisis, a crisis of the development model that has prevailed on the planet and has been accentuated in recent decades. This requires a rethinking of parameters, a profound change and no more partial solutions.

In Latin America, resistance to the model has been and is very numerous. They are found in all popular sectors: peasants, workers, indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants, environmental movements, women and youth, and others.

But the epoch of resistance, is giving way to a new stage, that of the proposal and implementation of new alternatives.

It is necessary to start thinking about viable alternatives and begin to introduce them in practice so that the change of model is not so drastic, so that the final collapse of capitalism finds us prepared.

In short, to build the foundations of a new civilization, based on the sustainable use of natural resources, which can offer answers to the needs of peoples, including all cultures, knowledge, philosophies and religions, so that each one offers its own own contribution to the new social construction.

This process is underway and on it we support many of our expectations that a better world is possible.

Ricardo Natalichio

Video: Real Value. Economics Documentary with Dan Ariely. Sustainability. Social Entrepreneurship (October 2020).