The Joy of Saving the Human Race

Is Our Global Economy Killing Us?: How Our Purchases Destroy Nature, Warm the Climate and Cause Violence | #7

June 14, 2021

Interconnected global trade has brought more prosperity to more people than ever, allowing abundance (in some places) that our ancestors would have seen as magic. This modern globalized economy also allows us to devour the natural environment and warm the climate more efficiently than ever before. Our desire for electronics, beef, soy, palm oil – and everything else – is punishing nature. But we need intact nature if we want to keep a stable climate and avoid pandemics. We need ways to avoid killing ourselves and our planet with our consumer desires.

Today we explore how huge and interconnected our global economy has become. We see examples where our economy is destroying critical rainforests – the Amazon, in Democratic Republic of Congo and in Indonesia & Malaysia. We discuss some core economic philosophy that served its purpose over the years, but is no longer compatible with a safe climate and environment, on a crowded planet with human population of almost 8 billion people.  And we look at solutions, because solutions are really good.

This show is also available on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/RiYwqXtKkN8 

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For most environmental data I shared, links are available with my other episode:
HUMANS ARE GOING NUTS: More global chaos reduction systems, please? | #2
https://youtu.be/TVlIGFanbv0

Environment/Climate:

~ Our World In Data, Extinctions
https://bit.ly/2TZdXnv

~ Global Footprint Network (1.6 Earths)
https://bit.ly/3zzdw3M

~ The Atlantic, March 2021
The Terrifying Warming Lurking in the Earth’s Ancient Rock Record: Our climate models could be missing something big.
https://bit.ly/3gBCwyK

~ Gizmodo, 6/10/21
Landmark Report Links Earth’s 2 Biggest Existential Threats for the First Time: Fifty top scientists warn climate change and biodiversity loss are one and the same.
https://bit.ly/3gv93q2

~ Our World in Data, Human population
https://bit.ly/2QGcUYB

~ Our World in Data, World GDP over the last two millienia
https://bit.ly/3giMi9K

Global economic integration:

~ Our World in Data, Trade and Globalization
https://bit.ly/3cGbV29

~ Statista, July 2019
Trends in global export volume of trade in goods from 1950 to 2018
https://bit.ly/3pXtDUo

~ Car and Driver, 1/11/19
U.S. Car Brands Aren't What They Used to Be
https://bit.ly/2Snfx2h

~ Our World In Data, 2/23/21
Cutting down forests: what are the drivers of deforestation?
https://bit.ly/3gvVHK3

Amazon Rainforest:

~ Seeker, 12/30/20
Amazon Rainforest Could Become A Savannah Within 15 Years, Here’s How (4:47)
https://bit.ly/35iChmU

~ Vox Atlas: The Amazon
Part 1 (11:44): https://bit.ly/3wi0IfY
Part 2 (10:57): https://bit.ly/3pMx1kQ
Part 3 (10:04): https://bit.ly/3wmko2m

~ Washington Post, 8/27/19
How Amazon deforestation is being done in the service of surging beef demand
https://wapo.st/3wnREWS

~ The Intercept, 8/30/20
How Larry Fink, Joe Biden’s Wall Street Ally, Profits From Amazon Cattle Ranching, a Force Behind Deforestation
https://bit.ly/3wltcWl

~ Trase, September 2019
Mapping the deforestation risk of Brazilian beef exports
https://bit.ly/3cCk8Eu

~ Our World In Data, Soy
https://bit.ly/2TSJ587

Indonesia/Malaysia:

~ The Guardian, 2/19/20
How the world got hooked on palm oil
https://bit.ly/3zraTAI

~ Yale Environment 360, 5/27/21
The Time Has Come to Rein In the Global Scourge of Palm Oil
https://bit.ly/2Tni1h8

~ Mongabay, August 2020
‘Meaningless certification’: Study makes the case against ‘sustainable’ palm oil
https://bit.ly/3gvge1n

~ Trase, 7/9/19
Supply chain transparency could be vital to easing tensions around Indonesian palm oil
https://bit.ly/3iDtDHn

~ Mongabay, 3/9/21
Deforestation in Indonesia hits record low, but experts fear a rebound
https://bit.ly/3cBGMNu 

Democratic Republic of Congo:

~ Mongabay, 12/21/20
Poor governance fuels ‘horrible dynamic’ of deforestation in DRC
https://bit.ly/2SnZjGb

~ World Resources Institute, 7/9/19
Congo Basin Deforestation Threatens Food and Water Supplies Throughout Africa
https://bit.ly/3iExi80

~ Mongabay, 7/16/19
Agriculture, mining, hunting push critically endangered gorillas to the brink
https://bit.ly/3vfs19u

~ Washington Post, 4/19/18
The quest for conflict-free mining in Congo: an ugly truth behind ‘ethical consumerism’
https://wapo.st/3xhWx3V

~ Genocide Watch, 10/10/20
Genocide Warning: The Vulnerability of Banyamulenge ‘Invaders’
https://bit.ly/2TsJk9G

~ Digital Trends, 9/9/18
Companies want to sell you conflict-free phones, but certification isn’t foolproof
https://bit.ly/3xhK2Fn

Economic Theory:

~ The New Yorker, 2/3/20
Can We Have Prosperity Without Growth?
https://bit.ly/35h032z

~ Degrowth, 8/31/20
Book review: ‘Less is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World’ by Jason Hickel
https://bit.ly/2U7O2dD
[I have not read this book yet.  I want to.  I read Hickel’s previous book The Divide, which was amazing.]

~ Doughnut Economics, Kate Raworth
https://bit.ly/3gj7zA5

World Trade Organization:

~ Council on Foreign Relations, 2/16/21
What’s Next for the WTO?
https://on.cfr.org/3wyAnu4

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