“Here's a thought. Stop fighting the brush fire. Stop investing time and effort in fighting for park preservation, and instead direct that energy into stopping economic growth. Let's blow the whistle on Ponzi economics, on growing credit for a growing population that requires endless growth to service growing debts. If the same energy that has put into endless battles to save the environment piecemeal had been put into lobbying for a steady state economy, development pressure everywhere would cease, and habitat would be safe everywhere. After all, what area is not "sacred"?
“For most of us who care about nature, bypassing local fights would seem like driving by an accident scene without stopping to offer help. Environmentalism, after all, is typically born from passionate concern about a threatened treasure very close to our heart. But as General MacArthur concluded during the Pacific War, to achieve the long-term strategic objective, it is sometimes necessary to conserve strength by “island-hopping” over enemy strong points so that resources can be saved to fight the bigger more decisive battles. Each of us has only so much time and energy to budget for the cause. The question is, are we deploying it to our best advantage? So far, environmental victories have been won at the cost of losing the strategic war. Environmental watchdogs bark, but the growth caravan moves on.
“The practice of designating hallowed places as nature reserves must no longer be seen as "victories", but rather as concessions. They are a permit issued to keep on growing as long as a relatively small portion of the land base is left off the shopping list. The declaration by certain politicians to "protect" 12 percent of our land surface from exploitation is a permit to leave 88 percent unprotected. What they are really talking about, is “licensed exploitation.” It is like paying the mob not to rob your neighborhood, so that they can ravage others. The Saxons called it Danegeld, and all it bought was time. What is magical about this 12 percent? Does 12 percent somehow represent the area of land necessary to protect wilderness and wildlife? Or is it a political figure designed to achieve a compromise between conservationists and developers?
“Sir Peter Scott once commented that the World Wild Life Fund would have saved more wildlife it they had dispensed free condoms rather invested in nature reserves. Biodiversity is primarily threatened by human expansion, which may be defined as the potent combination of a growing human population and its growing appetite for resources. Economic growth is the root cause of environmental degradation, and fighting its symptoms is the Labor of Sisyphus.”
Frosty Wooldridge has bicycled across six continents - from the Arctic to the South Pole - as well as six times across the USA, coast to coast and border to border. In 2005, he bicycled from the Arctic Circle, Norway to Athens, Greece. He presents "The Coming Population Crisis in America: and what you can do about it" to civic clubs, church groups, high schools and colleges. He works to bring about sensible world population balance at www.frostywooldridge.com He is the author of: America on the Brink: The Next Added 100 Million Americans. Copies available: 1 888 280 7715