Barry Commoner, the scientist-activist who founded modern ecology and helped ban above-ground nuclear testing, died Sunday in Manhattan, at the age of 95. From the 1960s to the 1990s, Commoner was a leading figure of the environmental movement and a champion of the idea that everything--from pollution to war to social inequalities--was connected to everything else.
Time magazine put Commoner on its cover in February 1972, calling him the "Paul Revere of ecology." A few months later, Popular Science ran an article by Commoner that described how manmade products, including plastics, synthetic fibers, and pesticides, had upset the balance of nature. He argued that better, biologically sound technology, such as a national sewage-treatment system incorporating soil, could set things right.
Read on for an excerpt from "A Healthy Environment: The Life-or-Death Challenge."
"Late Environmentalist Barry Commoner On How Biology-Based Tech Could Save The Planet"
This statement comes suggest the prior idea we are preordain doomed, and need saving.
Is our doomness already establish and we are in need of being saved?
Production of plastics, for example, up 1,960 percent; mercury used in chlorine and sodium hydroxide products up 3,930 percent; synthetic fibers up 5,980 percent.
Yes because they are useful in supplying to such a large population DUHHHHH, and they make people money....
STOP BREEDING YOU CONSUMER WHORES!!!!!!
Is there such a thing as an environmentalist or ecologist who has a sense of perspective? One who doesn't frighten us with big numbers that mean absolutely nothing?
Take "plastics" for example. Is there any significant environmental problem resulting from plastics production increasing by 1960 percent? No. Plastics have revolutionized the modern world. Look at all the consumer products you use that have some form of plastic in them to make them lighter, more durable, less expensive. We've even figured out how to recycle them to reduce the amount ending up in land fills.
What is unforgivably overlooked is that as societies become wealthy they clean up their messes. In the U.S. we have cleaner air, cleaner water, more forests, less pollution of every kind, and more efficient use of resources than we had 50 or 100 years ago...not despite technology but BECAUSE of it.
People like Commoner are single-issue prophets of doom whose wild-eyed rants are nothing more than the fevered imaginings of extremely neurotic individuals. You would quickly dismiss the blather of apocalyptic Christian doomsayers. Apocalyptic environmentalists are no different. In fact, if you follow their philosophy to its logical conclusion, they are just modern day Luddites eschewing technological progress like some form of Original Sin.
"Save the planet...."
That idea is hilarious when you think about it. The planet earth has been around for billions of years, and even if all of humanity ceased to exist, ostensibly due to our use of plastics and fossil fuels, the planet earth would still survive. In fact, the planet earth will probably still be around for millions of years after the last environmentalist has bitten the dust.