TEACH-IN: Techno-Utopianism & the Fate of the Earth

October 10, 2014 • Daily Email Recap

TEACH-IN:

Techno-Utopianism & the Fate of the Earth

See source content: http://ifg.org/techno-utopianism-teach-in/

This event comes at a crucial historical moment.

 

Ecological systems are near collapse–global climate, soils and fertility; fresh water supply; deep ocean life, forests, biodiversity; diminishing global food production; and unprecedented rates of species extinctions. Human life is also threatened by these, as well as by shocking rates of economic inequality, and the expanding threat of wars to control lands and scarce resources. But proposed solutions rarely stray off the corporate message: “Technology will solve our problems. Leave it to technology.” We do not share this optimism.

 

[When President Truman dropped the A-Bomb, he said “for the good of mankind.” He should have said, “for the good of General Electric” and a new technological era that brought us hundreds of nuclear power plants including Fukushima.]

 

SUBSTITUTE NATURE

 

Many in our society see the ecological crisis as a grand new economic opportunity for growth and profit. If nature is being destroyed, we can create new nature. Technologies are rolling out to introduce substitute nature. For example: GEO-ENGINEERING (to “solve” the climate crisis by “re-seeding” the heavens and inventing techno-climate); GMOs (to re-arrange the genetics of food, animals, and trees, making them more profitable); SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY (creating new artificial life forms, including genetically redesigned humans– taller? smarter? better looking?); and NANO-TECHNOLOGY (to replace the planet’s billion-years-old molecular structures for greater efficiency.) We prefer the old planet.

See source content: http://ifg.org/techno-utopianism-teach-in/


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