July 18, 2022

There’s no escape

No matter how much we might wish it away, there is no escaping the fact that we are all connected.   That what we do in one place and time affects others in a different place and time.

In economics and big business, we like to pretend that this isn’t true.  That there are things we don’t need to worry about because they happen outside our bubble.

We call these things externalities.

As if they don’t affect us.

But sooner or later they do.

Because the bubble is imaginary.

We live in a series of systems, and ultimately a closed system – planet Earth, and sooner or later the all the consequences of our actions will come back to bite us.  Even those we choose not to see.

Time then to take responsibility, and dissolve our bubbles.

Climate change needs to be on the balance sheet.  Or we need to do away with the system that gives us balance sheets.

There’s no escape.