Many of you may remember Barry Commoner – he died yesterday at 95. He was one of the influential people in my early life – he just made so much common sense. I remember him saying something to the effect, “One day humans will wake up and will no longer be able to breathe.” He was referring to us allowing corporations to poison the earth with their toxic products.
In his 1971 book, The Closing Circle, Commoner argued that our economy – including corporations, government, and consumers – needs to be in sync with what he called the “four laws of ecology”:
- Everything is connected to everything else.
- Everything must go somewhere.
- Nature knows best.
- There is no such thing as a free lunch
In a 2007 interview with the New York Times, he said:
I think that most of the ‘greening’ that we see so much of now has failed to look back on arguments such as my own – that action has to be taken on what’s produced and how it’s produced. That’s unfortunate, but I’m an eternal optimist, and I think eventually people will come around.
Until next week,
Rona Fried, Ph.D.,
CEO, SustainableBusiness.com, Green Dream Jobs
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Executive Director, RENEW Wisconsin
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