"Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a renaissance painting to cook a meal." - E.O. Wilson
The green economist Herman Daly said we are treating the world "as if it were a business in liquidation".
There are those among us, less and less thankfully, particularly in the White House, that still believe John Locke's justification for private property rights, essentially that endless exploitation and expropriation of natural resources by us does no harm to them as there is plenty for all. The science, the media, even some churches now accept that we live in a world of environmental limits. We must all limit our consumption of resources so that there is enough for all.(Dresner 2002) Sorry Dick, all of our lifestyles are negotiable.
Let the negotiations begin.
Dresner, Simon 2002 - The Principles of Sustainability published by Earthscan London