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ShaLamar Glover Environmental Science National American University We all need a livelihood and we all need a livable planet to live on. If we don’t address both, we’ll starve together while we’re waiting to burn together. Workers in the transportation industry have joined with environmentalists to advocate shifting from private to public transportation “something that would create large numbers of skilled jobs, greatly reduce greenhouse gasses and local pollution, and save money for consumers. Unions have joined with environmental, religious, and community groups in Connecticut to fight for “renewable energy standards”, which create local jobs and reduce pollution by shifting from fossil fuels to renewables and energy use reduction. Support a broad public agenda for creating full employment by converting to a climate-safe economy. Such a program would put an end the “jobs versus environment “conflict because environmental protection would produce millions of new jobs and expansion of jobs would protect the environment. Such a program provides a road for both labor and environmentalists to move beyond our current dilemma. Just expanding the kind of economy we have will just expand the problems of inequality and environmental catastrophe our current economy is already creating. There are biological and physical limits to economic growth beyond which both ecological and economic collapse would occur. In this view, limits are seen as absolute constraints on economic activity, not just as a point beyond which economic growth results in environmental destruction. The concept of limits is ecologically and economically not useful and politically hinders the cause of conservation. Current human activities are causing environmental destruction at a scale and pace unprecedented in human history. Any specific natural resource is finite and therefore there are absolute limits on its use. Biological and physical systems underlie all economic activity and form constraints to which the human economy must adapt. Contrary to the
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ShaLamar Glover Environmental Science National American University limits perspective, biological or physical limits are seldom actually limiting to economic growth, such that reaching limits causes economic collapse or even stops growth. The human economy is extremely adaptable and ways are found to adapt and continue to expand. Continued economic growth results not in ecological collapse but rather in continuous environmental degradation without clear limit points.
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