Global Corporations admit they are killing the planet
Today, in an unprecedented move, the top global multinational corporations announced that they have finally come to the realization that their continued existence, an existence based upon constant growth and profits is incompatible with a truly sustainable future for the planet.
The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund corroborated this message and vowed to shift their emphasis from creating global markets to letting local communities determine their own economic future. In addition, the World Bank and IMF have decided to eliminate the debt owed by smaller countries, since they now are acknowledging that these countries have not contributed to global environmental destruction or global warming like the major industry nations of the world such as the US, England, France, China and Russia.
Unfortunately, this is not the announcement that the world is likely to see, yet there is a growing global awareness and resistance to the continuation of an economic system which values profits over people and all life on this planet.
We are all aware of the environmental problems we face in deforestation, mining, the burning of fossil fuels, the destruction of oceans, rivers and lakes, species extinction, factory farming and militarism. The economic and political system that most humans are subjected to means we are at war with the planet.
However, we believe that most people want to live in harmony with each other and with the planet. We believe that people want to live lives that are fundamentally different that the debt-ridden drudgery of what the current economic system has to offer in the form of jobs.
We believe that we don’t need corporations or the capitalist economic system, which is the root of our current ecological crisis. We believe that through cooperation, mutual aid and a radical redistribution of wealth that humans can live in harmony with the earth and live more fully human lives.
First, we are promoting mutual aid, sharing and the beginnings of liberation from the for-profit system with our online barter project called MutualAidGR.org. At this site people can share resources and skills to get some basic needs met without having to spend money. People can learn to be more independent and build community by sharing themselves and their skills.
Second, we are announcing that we will be hosting a People’s Assembly on Radical Sustainability that will take place on Saturday, April 21st, from 11 – 3 at Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 1100 Lake Dr. in Grand Rapids. At this assembly we will collectively discuss what kind of world we want to live in and what actions are needed to get there. We will also unveil a guide to a truly radical GR, a document we think will provide some concrete actions to take and an analysis that demonstrates why we need to make a radical shift in the kind of system we need to live healthy lives.
This media release was produced by the people organizing the People’s Assembly for Radical Sustainability.