Decades ago, he showed that environmental, energy and economic crises had a common cause: a system that demands increased profits at all costs
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Long before today’s scientists accepted the idea, socialist-ecologist Barry Commoner argued that there had been a qualitative change in humanity’s relationship with nature in the years following World War II … and explained why it happened and what it means for our future.
50 years ago, Barry Commoner explained why rising levels of carbon dioxide in the air could lead to disaster
“Oil companies do not operate for the purpose of producing oil. They operate for the purpose of producing maximum profit. To solve the energy crisis, we have to reorganize our economic system.”
Barry Commoner not believe that a just society could be founded on ecological principles alone, but had to take into account issues of social justice, such as racism, sexism, war and economic inequality.
“If the environment is polluted and the economy is sick, the virus that causes both will be found in the system of production. And that is where their cure can be found as well.”
Articles and quotes honoring and remembering Barry Commoner, 1917-2012
When most writers were blaming individual behaviour or overpopulation for pollution, this pioneering radical environmentalist exposed the role of capitalism and profit.
[Quotes and Insights #23] Pioneer socialist ecologist Barry Commoner, author of The Closing Circle, speaking at Harvard University, during the first Earth Day, April 1970…. “The favorite statistic is that the U.S. contains 6 to 7% of the world population but consumes more than half the world’s resources and is responsible for that fraction of […]
Once we recognize that human beings are not bound to single ecological solutions, but can choose among several, liberating and democratic social action can follow. But if we elevate ecology from a biological science to a principle of social governance, the political consequences are invariably repressive. A lecture given by Barry Commoner, author of The Closing […]
[Quotes & Insights #15] From the Introduction to the 1992 edition of Making Peace With the Planet, by Barry Commoner “The assault on environmental quality results from the use of systems of production that yield useful goods but also generate pollutants. “The engines that power modern cars and trucks also produce pollutants that turn into […]
[Quotes & Insights #14] In the last thirty years many thousands of production decisions have been made in the United States. They have determined that automobiles shall be large and sufficiently powerful to travel at a rate of 100 mph; that electricity shall be produced by nuclear power plants; that we shall wear synthetic materials […]
[Quotes and Insights #7] The reason we’re in trouble with automobile pollution is big cars. As Henry Ford said, “Mini cars make mini profits.” The reason Detroit went to big cars is not that people wanted them — until they were told. It was because big cars were more profitable. Still, the issue always comes […]