An Opinion Piece on Divestment

Our global scientists have been indicating for many years, that humanity has overstepped the boundaries of our ecological systems.

Pollution, overexploitation of resources and destruction of our natural environments have pushed our life sustaining (eco) systems over the edge. The scientific evidence for this is very clear and climate change can be seen as one of the many “signs and symptoms” that this is indeed happening. Another telling indicator is the imminent demise of our marine system as well as the most rapid loss of biodiversity and species extinction since human records began. Ultimately this will have major impacts on our health and could potentially lead to the loss of billions of lives. Lancet 2009: Managing the health effects of climate change

Whatever the solutions will need to be, and whatever the politics of the day, it is clear that our economic system, based on ever increasing growth and consumption resulting in ongoing exploitation of our last remaining resources, is the major barrier to introducing effective change.

In short, we need to take the heat out of our current fossil fuel based economic system, where burning of fuels and mass consumption of energy intensive products are the pacemakers of our economy.

Many world leaders and politicians are hemmed in by the need to continue to abide by the economic rule of infinite growth, which is part of their political reality. Whilst this might bring about short-term benefits for some, it is unable to bring about effective change for humanity overall in the longer term. We cannot grow and consume forever, as the ability of our ecological systems to regenerate and absorb waste are limited.

Once our ecological systems collapse, then future generations will be unable to do much about it except to wonder why we did not do something sooner.

There are things we can do, however, that do not involve politics.  A “two in one” effective approach is to use our right to decide what our money supports. We can choose to pull our money out of those industries that have now become the root cause of preventing effective change, and invest this same money into companies that are employing alternative energies or are helping in reducing waste and consumption.

Investing our money into sustainable technologies, rather than destructive technologies of the past, will double the effect and bring about significant positive change.

The choice is quite simple:  Will your money work against or for a (sustainable) future?

DEA supports the fossil fuel divestment campaign. Through emails and letters DEA members will be informed of the simple steps you can take to divest your money away from polluting fossil fuel companies towards a cleaner, healthier and sustainable future.                                                                   

Dr. Ingo Weber

“If it is wrong to wreck the planet it is also wrong to profit from the wreckage”

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