New World

Dec 2nd, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

The worldwide fear of human activity slowly exhausting our natural resources and sickening our planet is very new. For seventy years, human beings have dealt with their fear of killing each other and of nuclear annihilations by agreeing to participate in collective security systems. The world is not yet showing similar cooperation to restrict human activity that enriches us in the short term, but could have bad consequences in the long. Human activities that cause environmental damage to the world have no short term impact on humanity. Such actions won’t make a corporation poorer, or create direct problems for the country that is causing the damage. The short term benefits are companies and countries getting richer. It is hard to sacrifice this benefit to curb negative implications for random parts of the world, resulting from long series of processes. Countries have a tendency to want to be as rich and powerful as they can be for ‘now.’

The conflict between ‘now’ and ‘forever’ in environmental debate has made it very hard for the world to cooperate. The floods in Pakistan are only a problem for Pakistan. The wildfires in Russia are a problem for Russia, and the country of the Maldives Islands entirely sinking under the ocean in a few years is a problem for the Maldivians. None of these calamities are caused directly by actions of any one country.

What the planet needs therefore is for humans to achieve a new world. All the nations must cooperate with each other on reducing pollution and curbing over exploitation of natural resources. In fact, I imagine a utopia in which all the countries work together on creating a better environmental future. The achievement of this utopia will require an abandonment of all previous values that have been pursued by countries to achieve greatness to date.

Here is a description of this utopian new world. What I propose is a ‘redefinition’ of the system of communism by making its central tenet ‘environmental empowerment.’ To foster the movement for international environmental empowerment, the workers of the world should be educated and organized to ‘stop’ working for businesses whose methods of production are making the planet sick. Through exchange of information and consistent education through the internet and other sources, the workers can be developed into the main ‘force’ that enforces environmental regulation. If entrepreneurs don’t listen, they will be faced with a shut down of their businesses because of unavailability of manpower. It is the workers, not governments, who are in a position to really, really force corporations into compliance. Governments of the world can facilitate such awareness while the UN can be the main platform for organizing workers of the world.

Right now, every summit for environmental regulation fails to achieve international cooperation because the governments of the world are told to cut down on their respective country’s business activities. In countries like the US, (big polluter) the big corporations fund the election campaigns of their government officials. The officials therefore can not agree to something that will make their corporations poorer and their country weaker. If, instead of governments, the world’s productive work force, cutting across racial and economic divides, is organized to be a pressure group, the governments too will be able to join in with greater ease.

I envision a system in which world’s trading powers like United States and China become environmental leaders, while the UN organizes the world along environmental lines and sets up a voting system for the distribution of the world’s resources. The development of the whole world becomes more or less equal, while extraction of endangered resources and dangerous consumption is both restricted and ended respectively. For instance, Japan restricts its huge consumption of seafood, kind of like how China restricted each couple to having one child (another environmental measure, mind you). The United States regulates its big businesses, no matter how many people start nailing teabags to the White House. As for rising countries like Brazil, as well as poor countries, which have laws banning hunting of endangered animals and cutting down of forests but can’t enforce them, the ideals of environmental empowerment can be promoted domestically through an economic system like communism or socialism. There are many poor people who hunt endangered animals for financial survival. They hunt either for food or to sell the animals somewhere, like to businesses based in rich countries. Even not-so-poor people do it to get richer. Within the system of environmental communism that I envision, the motivation for such illegal poaching does not exist because every body’s welfare is ensured within the domestic economic system.

It may be difficult to achieve such a world. All I know is, if the planet gets into a really desperate state, then everybody is bound to come together. Why wait for that? The recession has forced world’s governments to interfere in the affairs of their markets. This looks like a good time to enforce environmental regulation and get ‘workers’ of the world to ‘unite’ for “environmental empowerment” of the planet.

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