I find this analysis to be underconceived: "anthropocene extinction" is not a useful description and lack of personal "ecocentrism" is hardly a useful description of poor risk assessment, planned obsolescence, or trillions in hidden subsidies for fossil fuel use. Lack of ecocentrism is no more a cause of our ecological troubles than personal aggression is a cause of war. Our ecological troubles are almost entirely the result of specific corporate manipulation of risk asssessment, in this case of neonicotinoids and those exact same corporations pressuring bureaucrats, govts and the EPA and then covering their tracks and bribing/browbeating the media. Similarly, invasive species problems have nothing to do with lack of ecocentrism either, they are due to poor border controls, accidents, and indeed excessive ecocentrism (many come from arboreta). Similarly, it has little or nothing do with their lack of ecocentrism when people spray pesticides because they have been lied to that the product is safe and nontoxic. My parents do this. they are not lacking in ecocentrism, they love butterflies and plants. Please dont blame the victims (ordinary people) but try instead to figure out the specific culprits, whether actions, policies, ideas or individuals and focus your efforts specifically on them. This disaster can be halted tomorrow, but not if we blame ouselves and each other.  Those who do so are falling (I suspect) for a carefully crafted PR narrative. It really is Monsanto/Syngenta/Dow/Goldman Sachs who are driving this extinction and our task surely is to reanalyse and reconceive the narrative, but this time accurately. That is our only hope.

yours sincerely
On May 18, 2014, at 2:25 PM, Carrol Cox wrote:

Kamran Nayeri: However, upon reflection it becomes clear that the Anthropocene is the common cause for the planetary crisis, including anthropogenic species extinction.  If that is true, then it can only be reversed when humanity returns to ecocentrism, the worldview of hunter-gatherers whereby they saw themselves as kins of the rest of nature.

I do believe that Darwinian evolutionary theory also provide a path to ecocentrism.  We can approach the same end from different starting points, ethical or scientific.


We can struggle for human control over their own history. We cannot dictate how humans will _use_ that control. However they use it, the sun is going out eventually. How do we know that our descendants in a socialist (i.e. democratic) world will not choose to eat, drink, and be merry, for in a century or so we die.


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