"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?"

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Is "Climate Change" Everything?


Via the Guardian, some peculiar editorial cartoons about sustainability here. I have pasted in my favorite, since it ties into many of my themes. Some of them are worth thinking about.

However, the headline is most peculiar: "Cartoons make climate change a laughing matter".

The complaints we hear about "global warming" superceding everything else may make some sense at least as a criticism of the press in the UK. Really, the way the cartoonists responded to the challenge of "climate cartoons" makes little sense.

Most of them were not about 'climate change' at all but simply about the total appropriation of the biosphere to economic activity. I would call it the 'sustainability' issue, but there is a theme running through these cartoons that is a bit darker, more visceral. These are "end of nature" comments. It's most peculiar calling them 'climate change'; only two of them seemed related to climate at all, #13 and the remarkable #9.

Also, most of them were far more gloomy than funny. "Cartoons make something other than climate change something other than a laughing matter", then, but go look for yourself. They are interesting.

Update: Some rather funnier cartoons via ICE.

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