Here's the thing. I see no light at the end of the tunnel. With extinction rates, going through the roof, with phytoplankton in decline, with fish species on the verge of collapse and with our rubbish contaminating marine life. With the arctic melting and corporations waitng to plunder the fish and fossil fuels which this exposes,with the ongoing ecocide of the Alberta Tar Sands, with our current "who dies with the best toys wins" paradigm I see no real hope.
While there are some positives, such as a bacteria which may well prove vital, and our politicians finally addressing our exploitation of the marine ecosystem, I think the key issue is that there is no real challenge to our basic consumption model.
There is no way that, with 7 billion of us on the planet, "consumption-lite" will do it. Our windfarms, our eco-cars and our fairtrade silver still consume vast resources. it is more than our livliehoods at stake. It is the lives of our children and all the other non-human individuals.
As someone who has tried and continues to try the lifestyle approach, trying to live more simply and lower impact. I have to face the fact that I am still part of the problem. I still want my electricity and my computer and my water from the tap, my books and my Zapatista coffee.
Our capitalist, industrial and urban society is the problem. and it will not stop. I do not believe that we have the time for a mass consciosness change. I think that with ecosystems on the verge of collapse and global change looming, maybe the Deep Green Resistance have it right, maybe the time has come for us to fight for the future?