We Have To Change Economics And Design To Survive ‘Climate Change’ Or Something

Funny how an issue we’re told is all about science always involves changing our system away from capitalism and having the government dictate changes to our lives, eh?

Surviving climate change means transforming both economics and design

What could be more important than sustaining habitable living conditions on Earth? Climate change, biodiversity loss and other environmental problems demand changes on an order of magnitude well beyond the trajectory of business-as-usual. And yet, despite accumulative social and technological innovation, environmental problems are accelerating far more quickly than sustainable solutions.

If all Warmists gave up their own fossil fueled lives and went carbon neutral, we could solve this! (not really, because it is mostly natural, CO2 is not the control knob, but, it would be amusing watching Warmists live like it’s 1499)

The design industry is one of many industries mobilising to address environmental imperatives. While sustainability-oriented designers are working towards change from many angles, addressing and other  on this scale demands much more dramatic transformations in economic ideas, structures and systems that enable – or disable – .

Put simply, designers cannot design sustainable future ways of living on scale without a shift in economic priorities. Human impacts on planetary processes in the Anthropocene require new types of ecologically engaged design and economics if the necessary technological, social and political transitions are to take place.

Design is crucial to this debate because it is key to the creation of future ways of living. Designers make new ideas, products, services and spaces desirable to future users. With the shape of a font, a brand, the styling of a product, the look and feel of a service, the touch of a garment, the sensation of being in a particular building, designers serve the interests of customers (generally, those with disposal income). They do so according the logic and modes of governance generated by what is valued by economic structures. Design is the practice that makes capitalism so appealing.

Well, they just can’t have capitalism, now, can they?

Contemporary  reproduce this tradition by rewarding individuals and companies for using (and often exploiting) resources to generate profit, regardless of the ecological or social consequences. The extractive and exploitative dynamics of capitalist economics generate economies locked into accelerating climate change, species extinction and other severe environmental and social problems. This economic system continues to produce ever greater degrees of crises as planetary boundaries are breached in ever more extreme ways.

Holy cow, phys.org sounds more like something put out by the Communist Party USA.

But there are economic alternatives. Heterodox economic theory (such as ecological, feminist and Marxist economics) challenges the assumptions of mainstream economics. It has shown how neoclassical and neoliberal economics produce unsustainable economies that consistently devalue the natural world, women’s work and the labour of other groups historically denied equal access to capital.

For example, the Iceberg Model depicts a feminist economic framework where non-market activities, including the unpaid labour that buttresses capitalist economics, are made explicit.

The challenges of the Anthropocene demand that we overcome the exploitative and anti-ecological biases in neoclassical and neoliberal economics. One popular alternative is Kate Raworth’s Donut Economics. This would prioritise both social justice and environmental sustainability to create a safe operating space for humanity. Unlike conventional economics, heterodox economics takes the ecological context and planetary boundaries into account – while also addressing the interests of historically disadvantaged populations.

Funny thing is, most of the same people who call for replacing capitalism refuse to do it in their own lives, because they want money, just like Bernie Sanders.

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4 Responses to “We Have To Change Economics And Design To Survive ‘Climate Change’ Or Something”

  1. Bill Bear says:

    “If all Warmists gave up their own fossil fueled lives and went carbon neutral, we could solve this! (not really, because it is mostly natural, CO2 is not the control knob, but, it would be amusing watching Warmists live like it’s 1499)

    Funny how easy it has become for Porter Good to toss out casual lies like they were Mardi Gras beads.

    Good lacks the intellectual capacity and the integrity to participate in an honest discussion of climate change. Sadly, he has devoted himself to advertising his shortcomings on a daily basis.

  2. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Teach typed: “…it would be amusing watching Warmists live like it’s 1499”

    In 1499 humans understood the scientific method… today’s deniers? Not so much. We would welcome deniers updating their thinking to 1499.

    Teach typed: “…they just can’t have capitalism…”

    Do you object to re-thinking unfettered predatory capitalism that rewards the wealthy at the expense of the working classes AND contributes to global warming? Why wouldn’t we wish to fine-tune capitalism to serve ALL Americans not just Veblen’s predatory class?

    • dachs_dude says:

      Do you mean back when bloodletting, via leeches, was used to cure diseases that were due to a lack of “humours”?

      Climate skeptics know that the scientific method was corrupted and mis-used in the AWG, (changed to climate change to make it impossible to falsify), debacle.

      Real science doesn’t start out with, “We just KNOW humans are causing Global Warming, now go find the causes.” Real scientists don’t adjust temperature data that was considered authentic until about 20 years ago to “show warming”.

      I could go on and on about what real deductive science is, (it’s very useful in computer programming, etc.), but you have an agenda, fed by greed, envy and jealousy that someone, somewhere unfairly worked harder, or is smarter, or lucky and therefore needs to be dragged down to your level.

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