Sunday, 8 July 2007
Yesterdays Live Earth event, has got me thinking. I aint gonna go on about 'the issue' getting lost amongst 'the music' and the motivation behind the bands appearances, instead I'm gonna look into what really needs to be done to save our planet, it's extreme, but the only way I can see the planet surviving is if some one takes control. Palm Oil is being used as a biofuel, a more renewable energy source, but in certain regions of the globe deforestation of the rain forest is taking place in order to grow palm oil. This presents a problem; a search for a fuel to help save the planet is actually causing the destruction of the planet. The locals are now reliant on this source of income and if for example checks and balances were put on the production of palm oil, then the livelihood of the indigenous people would be threatened. The West is happy to see the rest of the world develop in a capitalist free market way, but the reality now is that it aint working, just look at China; who have opened their markets to the joy of the West and in the process of increasing production of cheap products for the western consumer market they have pumped vast amounts of pollution into the environment. It's all about supply and demand, so if there was no supply there'd be no demand, so one way to save the planet is to have a market economy based on control and not freedom. Instead of searching for new fuels, cut down on the amount of cars manufactured and only allow one per household, also cut back on the hugh variety of goods available, place controls on the freedom to choose and there would be less produced. It's all about a balance and at the moment the world is unbalanced. There are too many controls over individual freedoms, and none over economic freedom. So now is the time to say NO! to the producers, fuck your freedom to make money, because your freedom is fucking up the planet. Fuck making countries base their economies on Western models, cos as we now can see these models are faulty, as Marx said there is an inherent contradiction in capitalism, which is becoming more obvious with each new global crisis. The economic liberty of the few is effecting the freedom of the rest of us. It is time for them to take responsibility. Yes we can all do our bit using energy saving light bulbs and saving water, but it really is only a drop in the ocean of saving our planet. It is not just down to us to stop buying consumer goods, it's down to to those producing them to stop. Our lives would be no different without some of the shit that's on the market, and nations would be no worse off if they didn't produce the goods for the West. They need look for different economic models that provide independance and not dependance on Western markets. If Live Earth was about raising awareness; then people need to be made aware that in order to save the planet; someone soon is gonna have to take away their freedom of choice in the market place, and the producers need to be aware they're gonna have to cut back on profits, governments need to be aware that they should be searching for new forms of governance. If there is no major change in thinking then one day soon there will be nothing left. Like Marx said "All that is solid melts into air." In other words don't take anything for granted, which is what we have been doing with our world for too many years. Producers, governments and citizens we are all guilty, some more than others. Anyway, here's some music from the only good band to play at the Live Earth event; It's Kasabian stamping their carbon footprint all over Wembley Stadium.