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Short-sightedness, greed threaten Earth’s survival

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

The temperature is rising everywhere on Earth; likewise, the scientific evidence confirming the reality and the danger of human-caused climate change. And yet, the world’s richest nations are seemingly para-lysed, unable to utilise their economic power to help avert catastrophe. Why? There are many answers, but many of them boil down to a fatal combination of two factors: short-sightedness and greed.

In most of the industrialised world, the profit cycle reigns supreme. Programmes or projects that do not offer immediate returns on investment are automatically excluded from the policy-making process of nations whose economies are dominated by multinational corporations. The inability of the US to address the disaster it has in large part created is a symptom of the control of government by these corporate forces. Until their power and influence are checked, none of the world’s nations will be able to offer genuine solutions to the climate crisis.

Warren Senders
Medford, Massachusetts