Tuesday, 14 April 2015

'An Ecomodernist Manifesto' reviewed—part 1

There is much in this document that is praiseworthy. However, it gets off to a bad start:
To say that the Earth is a human planet becomes truer every day. Humans are made from the Earth, and the Earth is remade by human hands. Many earth scientists express this by stating that the Earth has entered a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene, the Age of Humans.
That is a very poor interpretation of 'the Anthropocene' for several reasons. First, it simple mindedly interprets 'anthropos' as 'homo sapiens.' Second, and even more important, it continues the claim previously made by several of its authors, namely that human beings are 'The God Species' capable of harnessing earth systems. It confuses perturbation with control, peril with mastery.

2 comments:

  1. Bah, say something intelligent about what recent data suggests as a solution rather than trotting out the hipster-duffas vision of a shangri-la that will never exist and most people can't afford. The authors have made an intelligent challenge to all that is wrong with enviornmentalists mis-conceptions and accepted BS, e.g., recycling is good. Want more - when I grew up in suburbian LI, NY only one greenhouse gas spewing truck rumbled down my street picking up all our waste, now with recycling there are three. WTFU and learn some science, not propaganda.

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  2. There are elements with which I agree—indeed, that traditional environmentalism is wrong about almost everything. However, this is a *manifesto*. It is explicitly political and normative. To reduce matters to number crunching is stupid beyond belief. So, kindly take your half-baked, ignorant snark elsewhere.

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