New Castle News

August 2, 2013

Institutions don’t deal with environment woes

New Castle News


Editor, The News:

In response to Bonnie Erbe’s July 25 opinion on environmental news:

Our environmental problems were documented in the Club of Rome’s 1972 report “Limits to Growth,” yet our problems have gotten much worse.

Our dominant institutions — corporations and the Republican and Democratic parties — are unable to deal with our most pressing problems: climate change, loss of biodiversity, pollution and overpopulation.

If we hope to mitigate human-caused damage to the biosphere, we’ll need to consume less, and to achieve this, I believe we need new institutions for dealing with these problems — maybe some form of decentralized direct democracy.

I also think we need to challenge conventional wisdom: the nature of money and debt, the assumption that work is necessarily good, the submission of oneself to labor discipline, the amount of corporate, financial and educational bureaucracy and our thoughts about communism.

James Newlin

Highland Avenue

New Castle