A balancing act

When it comes to environmental matters, I think the biggest problem is how to balance economic and environmental issues. One of the stories which recently made the news is the people of Greymouth who are trying to save the Spring Creek coalmine. Now, I’m not a fan of mines, and coalmines would probably be my least favourite type of mine. But it’s hard not to sympathise with people who have young families and just want to save their jobs.

On the other hand, I agree with GrowthBusters and others who are saying that infinite growth is impossible. It seems to me that, sooner or later, our current financial system will crash and burn in a way that makes dinosaur-extinction-causing meteorites look like pebbles. But until that happens, it’s very hard to find a reason why people shouldn’t worry about losing their jobs.

Why should we even try to balance the economy and the environment? It might be tempting to say that the environment is far more important than all the money in the world. And it is, as long as you actually have money. You try convincing a homeless person that the environment is more important than a job…

Unfortunately I don’t have the solution. I don’t know how we are going to balance the economy and the environment. There’s only one thing I know: the environmental movement won’t get anywhere until we figure out a way of taking care of our environment without it impacting too much on the economy.

So let’s get our thinking caps on. It’s either that, or develop politician-like skills to convince people that cold and hungry is the new warm and well-fed…

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One thought on “A balancing act

  1. Sandré says:

    As an update, 352 people will lose their jobs at Spring Creek Mine after all. If you want to read more: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/7721401/222-staff-culled-at-Spring-Creek-mine

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