One Man's Paradise

Change the World

I’d love to change the world
But I don’t know what to do
So I’ll leave it up to you

Ten Years After

Today the governor of California ordered a 25 percent reduction in water use by cities and towns, but not farms, in reaction to the ongoing drought in the nation’s most populous state.

Bad Water, Death Valley, California

Bad Water, Death Valley, California

That’s one way of patching an obvious and enormous problem in the state. I believe it is symptomatic for our society. Instead of addressing the fundamental problem of overpopulation and the unrealistic expectation of perpetual growth, we try to apply a quick patch, until…

Until when? Until we find a real solution? There is no real solution to perpetual growth. It is impossible.

Large parts of California are desert by nature. In the long run we can’t beat nature, not with all the technology in the world. Instead of respecting nature we decided to put the largest agricultural industry and 40 million people in the desert, draining lakes and rivers, building dams and aqueducts in support of this man-made disaster.  I believe there is only one solution to this: A sustainable level of agriculture and population. The question is, who is willing to subscribe to and defend such a wildly unpopular position?

Was rock star Alvin Lee a visionary, when he wrote the above lyrics?

Inside Out

On Progress and Growth

Edward_AbbeyRemembering Edward Abbey, an opinionated author, and a controversial environmentalist (ahead of his time). Today would be his 88th birthday.

I think many of his observations and proposals were brilliant and unpopular, like banning automobiles from National Parks. To give you a flavor of his razor sharp pen read the following excerpt on our basic premise of economical growth:

“The ugliest thing in America is greed, the lust for power and domination, the lunatic ideology of perpetual Growth – with a capital G. ‘Progress’ in our nation has for too long been confused with ‘Growth’; I see the two as different, almost incompatible, since progress means, or should mean, change for the better – toward social justice, a livable and open world, equal opportunity and affirmative action for all forms of life. And I mean all forms, not merely the human. The grizzly, the wolf, the rattlesnake, the condor, the coyote, the crocodile, whatever, each and every species has as much right to be here as we do.”

Edward Abbey