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The Bee and the Industrial Revolution
By Orlando Lujan Martinez, IWA

American bee keepers are disturbed by the loss of the bee population, bees have not been returning to their hives and that is affecting the American honey bee pollinating industry. Is it an unparalleled natural rhythmic ebb in the honey bee population? or a portentous prophetic warning of a failing ecosystem? If the bees continue to disappear American agriculture will come to a disastrous end because the crops and trees must be pollinated by bees before they can produce fruit and vegetables.

Song birds, crickets, butterflies and ants are disappearing at an alarming rate. It is widely believe the main causes of their disappearance is automobile emissions and the production of electricity by coal fueled energy plants and other chemical emissions that are used to manufacture consumer goods. Al Gore’s "Planetary Emergency' began with Britons 1790 First Industrial Revolution i.e. the mass production of manufactured goods for profit, and then spread to the rest of the world.

The reduction in automobile emissions, the recycling program and the low flush toilet are paltry efforts when compare with what will really be needed to save the earth. There will have to be other very serious reductions in the consumption habit.

Here are some of the regulations and principles, that will eventually, by necessity, be made into laws that the nations of the world, especially the capitalist consumer countries of the West, will have too collectively enforce.
"Wants" are the desire to collect possessions for the egos own sake and because money is available to indulge in this kind of self serving.
"Needs" are the possession of only the things-home, food and clothing- that are essential for the survival of human beings and serve the needs of the world community.
The hard fact is that a true reduction of emissions means a reduction in consumption. This means the restriction of the manufacturing of consumer "want" goods if they do not pass the criteria of the "needs" rule.

The world can no longer afford the "wants' of the consumer society that was created by capitalism merely for profit and the need of possesses. Corporations must have other incentives besides the bottom line.
Eva Morales, president of Bolivia, said. "We cannot continue as we are or we will encounter our own destruction."
Only recently, Gorbachev observed: "We need a new civilization model because the present one has reached its end and has exhausted its possibilities; we have to reach a consensus on new values, or in 30 or 40 years the Earth may exist without us."
A new value system must be created. Other incentives, besides profit and personal power and possession, must be developed. The "New Man's Theory'- a Communist-Marxist theory-developed by Chi Guevara and Fidel Castro which was basically that Cubans should no longer work for "personal benefits but for the good of everybody in the society." The New Mans Theory is the answer to the question "How can we save ourselves, our families, our nation and our world."

The theologian Leonardo Boff, the founder of Liberation Theology, writes in his Earth Charter Commission essay Sustainable Retreat: " We are comforted by the maxim of the German poet, Hölderin: ' When the danger is great, great is also the salvation. "When, within a few years, we reach the heart of the crisis (the BP oil spill may be the heart and the turning point and the relauching of the Green Revolution) and everything is at risk, then will be apparent the value of our ancestral wisdom and the origins of Christianity: "in case of extreme necessity all becomes common. Capital, knowledge and wealth will be shared by all to save all. And we will save ourselves, together with the Earth."
The first step towards survival is to read and put into practice the Earth Charter: the most important document of our times, and the Sustainable Retreat by theologian Leonardo Boff member of the Earthcharter Commission. And the Progessive Utilization Theory (PROUT), the Ideology of and features on holistic, value-oriented socio-economics promoting economic democracy, cultural renaissance, and integrated view on human character and an theory which will replace Capitalism.
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Aug 1, 2010