NZCLIMATE TRUTH NO 51
JUNE 20TH 2004
Everyone hates change. We spend our lives trying to adapt to the people,
circumstances and activities that surround us, and as soon as we think we
have succeeded we have to start over and over again. It is understandable
that we support
any philosophy, movement or political party which promises to keep things
as they are, so we can relax and enjoy our life instead of having , once
more, to face yet another challenge.
We can so easily fall into the trap of believing that all change is wrong,
that it can be stopped. We live in the best of all possible worlds and there
is no such thing as a change for the better.
The environmental movement is based on the proposition that not only is all
change wrong and harmful, but it is entirely caused by human activity. Without
humans there would be an ideal, unchanged and unchangeable world. Other organisms,
animals and birds alike would stay exactly as they were, forever. It is only
our activity that is responsible for altering this idyllic world.
Our climate has always changed and always will. But now "Climate Change",
as defined by the Framework Convention on Climate Change, is attributed directly
or indirectly to human activity. We must strive to stop it. The climate must
returned to the pristine state which existed before humans messed it up.
Various movements have been established to stop, or at least delay, change.
Conservatism wishes to retain existing political institutions. Those on the
top of the heap want to stay there and they persuade the rest of us to keep
it that way. Conservation takes this further. What is past is the best, what
is present must be
kept that way or even reversed into the past. The latest, and most
comprehensive attempt to prevent change, sustainability attempts to
prevent all forms of change.
It is a tribute to Dr Pangloss.
One of the most effective English Kings, Knut Sveinsson (Canute the Great)
is renowned for his refusal to try and prevent the tide from advancing. He
provides an example top the apostles of sustainability.
Change means evolution. Since everything without exception evolves, sustainability
is impossible. The various organisations that have been set up to promote
sustainability are doomed to fail.
It is argued on behalf of sustainability that we must organise the world
for the sake of future generations. We must impose on our grandchildren the
same strait jacket we have created for ourselves. Children usually have the
good sense to challenge the supposed wisdom of parents, to build a different
world of their own. They will not thank us for trying to impose on them our
"Sustainable Development" is a contradiction in terms. The whole point of
sustainability is to prevent development. Development inevitably involves
change, preferably for the better, but if it alters anything it is not sustainable,
so it must be prevented.
Sustainability means resistance to new technology and new ideas. It means
automatic opposition to nuclear energy, genetic engineering, battery farming,
cloning, stem cell research, better roads, new buildings and factories, abortion,
Jobs lost are more important than jobs gained. Extinct or endangered species
are more important than emerging, new species. The oil is about to
run out, the soil is being ruined, we must stop using cars (though nobody
seems to want to restore the
horse and cart). "Ethics", based on outdated ideas, are always
more important than improved human welfare or reduced disease.
Change is inevitable. We must try to understand it, use it to our advantage.
The only thing we cannot do is stop it.
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