"System change is now inevitable. Either because we do something about it, or because we will be hit by climate change. '...

"We need to develop economic models that are fit for purpose. The current economic frameworks, the ones that dominate our governments, these frameworks... the current economic frameworks, the neoclassical, the market frameworks, can deal with small changes. It can tell you the difference, if a sock company puts up the price of socks, what the demand for socks will be. It cannot tell you about the sorts of system level changes we are talking about here. We would not use an understanding of laminar flow in fluid dynamics to understand turbulent flow. So why is it we are using marginal economics, small incremental change economics, to understand system level changes?"

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Nature Doesn't Need a Seat at the Table

Nature doesn't need an army of lawyers.
Nature is the law.

Nature doesn't ask for protection.
Nature demands respect.

Nature doesn't need a seat at the table.
Nature is the table.
-Irene Tobis and Michael Tobis
(See "Nature is not a budget item" for a more prosaic version of this argument.)


Phil said...

Nature isn't driven by money
Nature finds that concept funny

(as in peculiar, not haha)

Fergus said...

Nature isn't 'out there'
Nature is here and now

Nature isn't what we are not
Nature is what are a a part of

Nature is not our enemy
Nature is our mother


Dan W said...

Nature deals
Nature can disarm a town the size of Abilene

Nature is the queen of diamonds
Nature never draws to an inside straight

Nature may loose a hand but
Nature’s got no chance of loosing given enough time

Michael Tobis said...

dan w, I am not sure what you mean about the Queen of Diamonds, but I sure do enjoy the way she shines.

Keep 'em coming, folks...

Zowish said...

Love your poetry! Could be your next book or poster!!

Elonifer Skyhawk said...

You can't fool Mother Nature
He who tries,
Becomes Mother Nature's fool!

jstults said...

Nature is red in tooth and claw
Entropy grows 'cause that's its law

Nature cares not for your alarm
Or polar bears that you might harm

Rational beings demand respect
All other ethics will leave you wretch'd