criminal acts: on sustainability and culpability

criminal acts

Perpetuating our unsustainable behavior can hardly be blissful, when ignorance is no excuse for law-breaking.

And never mind that awareness is like a curse, where you cannot NOT see our stupidity.

It’s gotta be immoral to continue spewing carbon long after we know it does irreparable damage to the planet, and since business-as-usual will increase this risk, it must be considered unethical. Even geo-engineering to fix our mess has an ethical dimension (via 2020science).

Fact is, Catholics now recognize “polluting the earth” as a “deadly sin”. So, are we gonna start putting folks in jail for driving around in spew-mobiles?

As James Hansen recently told Congress:

“CEOs of fossil energy companies know what they are doing and are aware of long-term consequences of continued business as usual. In my opinion, these CEOs should be tried for high crimes against humanity and nature.”

Why are we so blind to the ‘wrongness’ of unsustainability? Can we absolve ourselves of culpability in perpetuating unsustainability? Say, by purchasing carbon offsets, or fertilizing our oceans with iron compounds?

Either way, doing stuff because we can (like driving our cars) begs the question of whether we should.

Published by Ken on February 3rd, 2009 tagged Climate Change, Sustainability Science

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