Reducing GHG-Emissions is not enough –

If everyone thinks that we can get everything under control, then we are often thinking wrongly and this will end fatally.

If everyone thinks that climate change can be brought under control through the substitution of materials, the circular economy and the reduction of emissions at the production level alone, then everyone is on the wrong track.

This is a fallacy that will cost us all very dearly at the end of the day

The problem is fundamentally systemic. It is simply due to our economic system. And if we – or let’s put it more bluntly – the nations – are not willing to tame and radically change this out-of-control economic system, which is ultimately the cause, there will not be much that can be changed for the better in the long run. What can be done at the moment might give us a brief respite. But nothing more.

It will be a Herculean task to change entire economic systems, much more daunting than cutting emissions. Emissions are only part of the problem. We are ignoring all the other impact categories that throw the balance just as much out of whack and we are pretending that emissions are our biggest concern. By choosing this egregiously narrow perspective and cranky approach to the problem, we add another layer of complexity and make the problem essentially unsolvable. Admittedly, decoupling the welfare state from productivity is a bold idea, but it is the right decision to make for the long term.

Steady growth is simply not possible without paying the price. And the price is high. It is the destruction of the foundations of human life on this planet.

Yes, it is important and right to push for the long overdue reduction of all greenhouse gases, but it is also right and crucial to know that this can only be the beginning. We all need to start thinking about it now and act swiftly. Decoupling welfare and growth.

This will change entire industries. It will change the welfare state. It will change the concept of work. These changes are coming. And must. Unfortunately, we humans only act when we are up to our necks in water. However, in this case, it could come over us like a tidal wave and then we would no longer be able to act.

To cut a long story short, maintaining the system and merely introducing corrective measures is not enough and is only a stopgap solution. The system was fragile from the start. And such a fragile system is doomed to fail.

True ecology is more than reducing greenhouse gases. Finally, start thinking.