Ecopsychology: Addiction Recovery for a People (pt. 4 of 5)
I believe that non-profit environmentalism is unsustainable. If environmentalism is charity, then it requires profitable non-environmentalism to fund it. You’re eternally stuck robbing Peter to pay Paul.
We need to take our cue from nature: organisms survive by making their living from activities that actively benefit their community. Cleaner fish, dung beetles, vultures, the wandering herds and the wolves that follow them, corals, the horse-guard wasps—these are our role models. We must become able to actually make a living replenishing our earth. It cannot be a hobby.
We will continue to need clothing, food, shelter, etc for the foreseeable future, and we are already becoming more able to do so locally. That builds local economies that are much less prone to widespread, systematic abuse, because in local economies businesses have to live with their mistakes. It also takes customers and dollars—their only source of power—from the multinationals, or what I like to think of as the “locust economy.”
And if there’s anything I learned from my genocidally deranged Anglo-American ancestors, it’s this: that it might feel good to fight your enemies, but carving apart their resource base and starving them out is so much more effective.