David Suzuki’s Ecocidal Role


This post is the second in a series of three that explores how the old have abandoned the young to a grim ecological fate, and how the young might respond in order to salvage both their future and that of the biosphere. In my previous post I said that the quality of life will soon plummet due to environmental degradation, profoundly affecting the young and their children. I also stated that the old are complicit in this tragedy because they refuse to act according to their capacities and moral obligations. In this post I examine why so many of the… Continue reading

The Young have been FORSAKEN

Miguel Canete

As a young teen in the early 1960s I felt extreme anxiety as the Cold War raged between the United States and the Soviet Union. In addition to nightmares about the world being blown apart by nuclear war, I feared Vancouver’s copious rains, knowing from newspaper reports that they were radioactive due to nuclear testing by both sides. But I was lucky. John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev defied the military hawks in their respective countries and substantially eased international tensions.[1] In 1963 they signed a treaty that banned atmospheric nuclear tests. The nightmares stopped, and the last years of… Continue reading

The Economics of Food Waste

Food Waste Dumping

The Economics of Needs and Limits (ENL) is an analytical framework that is intended to guide a contractionary, post-capitalist economy. It is based on the ethical principle that all human beings, present and future, are of high and equal worth. This implies that an economy must maximize well-being and equity while preserving the environment for future generations. This post is the first in a series that describes how ENL applies in specific situations. In this series I ignore political factors in order to focus on economic thought. For an introduction to the ENL framework, see An Introduction to ENL. For… Continue reading

Dissenting Progressives: Ditch Suzuki and Klein!

Leap Manifesto Supporters

A few years ago I listened to an interview with an insightful California activist named Saba Malik. As the mother of young children she was profoundly troubled by the escalating ecological crisis. She told the interviewer that, although she was involved in permaculture and other grassroots initiatives, “… everything is going the wrong way, so whatever we’re doing isn’t working, and we don’t have much time left.” Her key assertion was that popular initiatives must be linked to broader political struggles that acknowledge the nature of capitalism and the structure of political power.[1] More recently, a regular contributor to the… Continue reading

Rational Capitalists: Free the Thinkers!

Brain Thinking

Until recently I firmly believed that bottom-up action could resolve the ecological crisis. It was therefore a shock when I realized that this view had become untenable. It is now clear to me that popular initiatives such as the environmental and progressive movements have failed to prevent the biosphere’s rapid degradation, and that they lack the potential to turn this around. If there is any hope for future generations, it lies with the world’s rational capitalists, particularly those in the richest and most ecologically destructive countries. Why are capitalists in this unique position? The answer lies with the nature of… Continue reading

The Perilous Deceit behind Emission Targets

GHG Target

In the months leading up to the UN climate change conference in Paris this December there will likely be increasing chatter about emission targets – the percentage decrease in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that must be achieved by a specified date. The most ambitious of these may well appear to be serious attempts to address the crisis of global warming.[1] For example, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) says that, “… the world’s industrialized nations will have to reduce their emissions an average of 70 to 80 percent below 2000 levels by 2050.”[2] Although such targets sound plausible, they are… Continue reading