“As values, principles and moral purpose are lost, the promise of growth is all that’s left.
You can see the effects in a leaked memo from the UK’s Foreign Office: ‘Trade and growth are now priorities for all posts … work like climate change and illegal wildlife trade will be scaled down.’ All that counts is the rate at which we turn natural wealth into cash. If this destroys our prosperity and the wonders that surround us, who cares?” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/12/doughnut-growth-economics-book-economic-model

Sustainable growth: maximising economic profit without triggering (noticeable/attributable) ecological collapse within the policy maker’s lifetime.


Human Roots

“Conservation is an important cause but it does not trump human rights, and it can never be a justification for violence. To be ethical and effective, it must work with, and not against, people on the ground.” (http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2987349/why_survival_international_has_made_a_formal_complaint_to_the_oecd_against_wwf.html)

Provided the people are on the ground by choice.


“Sandra, because of her captivity and exposure to human beings for her entire life, is what primatologists call an enculturated ape. … The needs of an orangutan are easy to determine based on studies of orangutans in the wild. … But are there some choices and preferences to which Sandra has a right?” (http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0315–ethical-ape-col03.html)

And would her choices be as doomed as those made by us, the enculturating apes?