David Levy – Planet First, Country Last – May 19

As mentioned in previous blogs, we are living in the Age of Consequences where we now have to consider unpalatable concepts because our ability to do what is best for the planet Earth is always overridden by economics and by historic exploitation which claims to have a right to do so.

We seem incapable of planning and enforcing any environmental idea or concept that benefits the planet. The worst culprits in this respect are the democratic countries whose structures are more advanced than the Third World and ancient societies.

The global platforms for governance are mainly structured by democratic principles. Yet they operate in a world where about half of the world’s countries are not democratic and fail to observe such principles. Indeed many countries cast vetoes allowing them to rape and violate the planet’s resources, usually with the backing of economic foundations from democratic countries.

If you wish to see the true nature of European democracies just look at the abuse of the Common Fisheries Policy where the law which was ratified by each country has been flouted by all of them through allowing the over-fishing of scientifically determined safe levels without any retribution whatsoever. Why?

Well, which country would action the law when all of them are in breach of it? Amongst the other players, the NGOs in this country have already been neutered by taking the Queen’s shilling whilst on the Continent the NGOs are too busy gathering support from the European Parliament and its coffers — and you don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

So if you accept that we are in a void of inaction, then what can we consider that will offer solace for the planet?

Steadily and day by day we are being told that technology and robotics are taking us into a world where mankind will become redundant. Maybe that is a good thing, especially when robots can make decisions.

What sacrilege I can hear you saying, but bear with me for a second. Programme the computers with all the known knowledge about fish stocks, ecosystems, predictions about doing harm — and then let them make the decisions on what is permitted and what isn’t.

I would consider such a move because mankind has proven itself incapable of making a detached decision which puts the planet first, with money last.

Until we act in a global way employing a philosophy of “Do No Harm” then greed and economic planning will continue its relentless drive for growth and ever more power for the strong nations, side-lining the fair distribution of resources for the under-privileged nations.

What is clear to me is that until detached, objective thinking is applied to global management then the strong economic forces will deprive our planet of food fairness and long term planning for sustainability.

David Levy

 


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