How to Avoid Pitting Nature Against Progress _ by Douglas Rushkoff _ Team Human _ Mar, 2021 _ Medium

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How to Avoid Pitting Nature Against ProgressWe cannot dominate nature for much longer, but neither can we retreat fromcivilizationDouglas RushkoffFollowMar 18·4 min readClearcutting on Lyell Island in the Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada. Photo:Joel W. Rogers/Getty Imagest’s tempting to declare war on the institutions and technologies that seek to remakeour world in their own image. Radical environmentalists believe that the only wayfor nature to reassert itself is for human civilization to reduce its numbers and return toI
preindustrial conditions. Others believe it’s too late, that we’ve already cast our lot withtechnological progress, genetic engineering, and global markets. In their view, slowingdown the engines of progress will merely prevent us from finding the solutions we needto fix our current crises.Neither approach will work. We cannot dominate nature for much longer, but neithercan we retreat from civilization. This cannot be a war between those who want topreserve nature and those pursuing progress. Team Human includes everybody. If werespond to crisis in a polarized way, we surrender to the binary logic of the digital media

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