How to manage them? (Final considerations of a flying mind)
Let me make a small flashback:
3 weeks ago, we brought in question our will for change; we said we needed to enjoy our transforming potential, latent in each one of us. That was our challenge in order to answer the question of how to change the world…
By the end of January, we talked about the inert jobs that keep the monetary system at work, but not our hearts; and we saw that a dynamic equilibrium of available resources exists, which maintains the planet regulated. An equilibrium under siege, as the system has appropriated all the resources, given them higher and higher value as the competition to survive within the system creates an illusion of scarcity among humans, a kind of every man for himself, XXI century style.
Last week, we took a look on which were those fundamental resources for survival and, basically, we concluded that we are the way we are because it seems we want to be this way… which sucks.
By the end of December, we talked about the hypocrisy of money and we analyzed capitalism’s self-induced obstacle, this is, its massive unemployment generation given by its ambition of generating short term profits.
Having said all this, we can now make one try, a proposal, think how to change the world among so many options available.
For almost everything today, you need money. Hence, in order to start the beginning of the end of the system, we need to follow his rules… Hence, the structural and intellectual changes they need to be obtained con start with an injection of money.
Yeah, right, very nice… but where do you get the money to do all of this from?
We take the money required from taking forward a precise redistribution of environmental taxes; I believe that is the key.
Why? – By mere logic, economic and moral reasons exist to do so:
1) The economic reason: it is cheaper to protect our resources and use them sustainably, rather than repairing the damages caused to the ecosystem. Of course, if the human being should try and pay the system for all the services –the regulation of the climate, the circulation of nutrients throughout the biosphere, the food chains, the geography, biodiversity, the symbiotic relations between fungi and trees, the renewable energies available– we would go bankrupt, mortgaging our big cities and foreign ruckus in exchange of nothing.
2) The moral reason: the perpetrators are identifiable. If people can be imputed for crimes, and taxes can be charged on him, is because each person is an entity, a self-business to the eyes of the system (in order to grab this concept clearly, I can only recommend you to watch the zeitgeist documentaries here). So we can do the same thing with businesses (no matter if private or public) that put the dynamic equilibrium of the planet at risk, this is, FINNING those businesses that alter the correct distribution of the available resources for all of us with an “environmental tax” that really gets into their pockets and hurts their “profits”. If you contaminate, YOU PAY, and you pay a hell of a lot…
How? We need, of course –the rules of the game-, a legal framework able to legitimize the changes required.
The redistribution of environmental taxes implies charging big taxes to businesses for the existing damage and for the future healing processes required to give the ecosystem its freedom of action again, its own natural life.
And this is something WE MUST DEMAND OUR REPRESENTATIVES BY GETTING TOGETHER. We can achieve this either by a) going out to the streets and manifest it to everyone, scream it all out, or b) with consumption patterns, transform ourselves in responsible consumers. A brief video on this concept:
We then have to think on what to do with the money collected by those taxes.
Options are infinite, but they all must aim towards a shift in our paradigm, that allows us to socially evolve. We can give a share, as an incentive, to all the NGOs that work night and day trying to heal our relationship with the earth, that sometimes spend their own saving, earned through other jobs, from outside the NGO, a double life: in one of them, he sells his work force because, sincerely, he has no other way out, and his other life, he invests in dreams of change.
But the central axes of change, what sustains society today, are the fundamental resources seen last week. And that is why we must modify our energetic matrix, our old energy extraction habits, and invest once and for all in renewable energies; as well as separating and processing our waste in order for use to reutilize some metals for other stuff, make compost for organic gardens in green rooftops in every building of the city, making art out of rubbish, and not simply burring all under our soil´s carpet. Our social organism must learn to improve its metabolism, if he does not want to die of indigestion…
To do so, we must invest money to take forward the structural changes needed (machinery, electric power plants, cables, new industries to separate waste and process it, everything), as well as taking care of the capacitation of people with the knowledge to take care of the maintenance of those structures. This implies new careers, new study centers, new work positions… And new scientific investigations willing to improve the efficienciy and storage capacity of the electric energy generated from renewables, the big tabú of these new ways of energy exploitation… storage.
Nothing our human mind cannot resolve, with the right resources and a spirit of change.
We are now talking about creating a new economic sector (only provisory, until we transcend ourselves socially to something better) that can absorb all the unemployment generated by capitalism. The same system that kicked them out, invites them now to see the metamorphosis he is about to experience.
I was saying, this is only an option.
Marina Colado Feb 13 , 2013 at 06:45 AM /
Me quedo con las últimas palabras "recursos adecuados y un espíritu de cambio". No depende sólo de los que tienen el poder de realizarlo, sino partiendo de cada uno de nosotros. Muy buen artículo!
Maru Rivas Feb 13 , 2013 at 09:11 PM /
cambio de mente!! yaaa!!…dificil mas no imposible!!