8) The Death of Birth -The death of birth Hawken defines in his review of “Ecology and Commerce”, as simply the effect of Humanity causing the extinction of life on earth because of topping the carrying capacity of the environment. -Hawken analogizes this using a picture of weeds growing through the road. Simply, these weeds represent the staples of the economy, non-diverse and with short life cycles, that are inherently exploitive to the environment; the road represents the economy. -Thus, resonating with Innis’ staple argument, he argues the economy disallows for anything but weeds, which is invariably interlinked with the environments exploitation. -This conflicts with the indigenous world view as Hughes highlights, where the land is their life and livelihood. In lecture, the documentary “The Winds that Keep Blowing” uses the James Bay project to illustrate the death of birth.
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