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So? [Oct. 17th, 2008|10:57 am]
Tony Grist
Tokyo drops through the floor. New York is on the up. As I've remarked before, no-one knows anything.

Shouldn't we be glad we're being forced to stop consuming so much? Isn't recession good for the planet? Won't we be putting less crap into the environment?

Of course when I say "good for the planet", what I really mean is "good for our future on the planet." The planet isn't bothered whether our civilization survives or not. It's all about us. 

It takes a hell of a lot to kill a planet. I read somewhere that we couldn't do it if we tried. We could let off all our nuclear weaponry at once and the planet would sail on, largely unfazed.

There was a show on TV a month or two back which showed what would happen if the human race disappeared tomorrow. Basically the green stuff would take over. In something like 500 years (time doesn't matter when there's no-one watching the clock) New York would be a wood with a river running through it. Every other city would be much the same.

You'd have to look hard for evidence we were ever here. The human construction that would last the longest is the Mount Rushmore memorial- because, after all, it is a mountain.

But even mountains go down eventually. Once upon a time there were mountains across the South of England higher than the Alps. All that's left of them are the rolling Downs. 

From: sculptruth
2008-10-17 03:01 pm (UTC)
That show was based on a book by Alan Weisman called The World Without Us. It came about around the same time as people were working on The Mannahatta Project. I can't remember if Weisman worked with the people on the project or who inspired whom but they became related no matter how inadvertently.

I would like to believe more than anything that the planet will move forward unfazed by our presence, but I'm afraid it isn't entirely true. At least not quite in that sense.

And I would like to believe that our rapacious consumerism in this culture of excess will go down with the mountains, but I'm afraid that isn't entirely true, either. That makes me sad.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-10-17 05:17 pm (UTC)
It's been a while since the programme aired, but I think it may have given the Mannahatta project a name-check.

It's human nature to be greedy, so- no- we'll almost certainly go back to consuming rampantly as soon as we possibly can.
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