When the whales ran out we had to rethink. Are we not capable of doing the same again?
Sometimes it seems as though we’re so invested in existing forms of economic and industrial production that we’re unable to alter the path we’re on. Look how heavily we rely on fossil fuels for example.
This extraordinary and sad video from the 30s merrily lists all the uses to which whale products were put. And we hung on until the species was almost extinct…but we did eventually change. Have we learned anything from this experience? What is it in us that makes us hang on to something that we know can’t last until it’s almost too late?
- Fat Subsidies for Fossil Fuels (solarfeeds.com)