That’s a quote from Frederick Kaufman‘s must read Bet the farm, about how food stopped being food, and turned into money. The quote succinctly summarizes the results so far of the many efforts to quantify “sustainability”. Too difficult….Understanding climate change, also too difficult….It makes me mad. Unreasonable? Maybe, we’re talking very complex issues. But can we not devote a bit more resources toward such big issues?
Where are we heading? Steve Cutts‘ short animation MAN about our relationship with the natural world is a pretty good visualisation of my position on that question.
My position in the poverty debate? Well, what about this one:
My pessimism, may be a personality defect, it may be the easy and safe attitude to take (if I’m proven wrong, no one will care, if I’m proven right, I’ll be able to say told-you-so…), but I also feel that even a slight chance that I might be right is reason enough to throw a lot more resources at finding out than we currently do.
Let me share this presentation by Stephen Emmott with you about climate change modelling. Utterly fascinating and utterly frustrating how little we know. And maddening to realize that the total budget for such crucial work is probably less than a day of US involvement in Iraq.