This Week's Post: The Economy and the Environment

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The Economy and the Environment

This Fox Sense II page depicts how some view the relationship between economic activity and environmental quality-- a "rigid linkage" model.  When the economy flourishes, environmental quality declines.  This occurs as conventional business activity depletes resources, creates pollution, contributes to climate change, and converts more natural areas to production for humans. 

When economic activity slows down or stagnates, environmental quality typically improves (or doesn't decline as fast).  Fewer resources are used, less pollution is produced, and large-scale land use projects are cancelled or put on hold.

This sorry state of affairs is primarily the result of lack of imagination and profound ecological ignorance.  It is also big-picture, long-range economic ignorance.

Our challenge is to engage in appropriate economic activity that also contributes to environmental quality.


Environmental Commentary: Rethinking Consumption

I have revived another of the environmental graphics in the "FoxSense" collection that was published 20 years ago. I am reminded that one of the reasons that sustainable options have a hard time gaining widespread acceptance, even though they make logical, intuitive sense, is that following any one of suggestions 1 - 5 would only harm "the economy." At some point we will work to change the economic model so that household sustainability and self-reliance actually contribute to GNP.
Foxsense: Recycling by Fred Montague

Foxsense: Recycling by Fred Montague