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(en) Canada, The Commune (LaCommune UCL-Montreal) - Our leaflet: "Sustainable development, unsustainable concept" (fr) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 22 Apr 2013 23:46:33 +0300

Today, the militants of the anarchist collective LaCommune (UCL-Montreal) distributed 600 copies of the text "Sustainable Capitalism, permanent destruction ---- Development = colonialism " anti-capitalist contingent walking during Earth Day April 21, 2013 in Montreal ---- "Sustainable development is a concept unsustainable" ---- In theory, sustainable development is a balance between the economy, society and ecology. This is good in theory as premium economy ahead of the other two variables of this concept. The economy is implied is capitalism in its form of neo-liberalism. This works with the requirement of infinite growth, and the "experts" economists who advocated doing everything they can to make a recession public enemy number one. And they have the means to terrorize media as many people to this prospect.

In the event of the latter, social programs will be reduced to a ridiculous level and minimal environmental efforts will be reduced to almost nothing, all with the aim of redressing the sacrosanct economy.

Can we really say that infinite growth is sustainable? The answer seems obvious not. Our consumer society is to thoroughly review and not some technological advances or public relations campaigns that will save an ecological disaster. In fact, the planet may very well happen for sustainable development that does not want to say anything so that even the oil sands can afford to advertise their contribution to promoting sustainable development. The Shell meet global energy needs in a responsible manner the environmental point of view according to its website. [1]

Also, the creation of new more energy efficient technology does not lead us further into the solution to the environmental crisis if one lives in a consumer mentality. At this time, the sustainable development we boast all the benefits of developing "clean" energy that we use in the end what? To have more electronic equipment ready to throw or not to feel bad to be alone in her new hybrid car?

Hydro-Québec is right in this sense. The corporation continues to increase its energy force, through projects such as hydroelectric dams destroy the Romaine River and its ecosystem. But even without expansion, it would be wrong to say that the hydroelectric power produced by the corporation is sustainable. He has only to think to become "Master at home," in addition to flood huge ecosystem, the government sedentary indigenous peoples a real sustainable lifestyle. The marks of this settlement is still visible in these communities, especially among Cree who lived a nomadic life just before the mega projects in James Bay.

We must change our lifestyles certainly, however it must be done in a revolutionary perspective if our actions are useless. Any system must be based on consumption as the current capitalist system down and build a world where wealth is no longer a capital accumulation. This will determine a very different world wealth, based among other things on the size of its biodiversity, the quality of relationships between humans and animals with whom we share the same blue planet.

Take individual actions without challenging the current system, is to resign in that it has a unable to reverse the trend polluting minimal impact. That the big polluters, his contempt all that is not monetary, such as capitalist industries, remain the real masters of the worlds. That some environmentally responsible lifestyle is reserved for rich class, such as feed on organic food.

This Earth Day 2013 must be a turning point in the way we see the world. We must stop seeing the world as a source of raw material that is essential advantage. Mass change our way of life and especially consumers condemn and take action against the hypocrisy of sustainable development that serves only inking more the capitalist system.

[1] http://www.shell.ca/fr/environment-society/sustainable-development-tpkg.html
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