The economist say, if you clear cut the forest, then take the money and put it in the bank you can make 6- 7%. If you clear cut the forest and put it into Malaysia or Papua New Guinea, you can make 30- 40%. So who cares why do you keep the forest? Cut it down, put the money somewhere else. When those forest are gone, put it in the fish. Fish are gone, put it in the computers. Money doesn’t stand for anything, and money now grows faster than the real world. Conventional economic is a form of brain damage.
Economic is so fundamentally disconnected from the real world, it is destructive. If you take an introductory course in economic, the professor in the first lecture will show us slide of the economy, and it looks very impressive in the raw materials; Extraction process manufacture, wholesale- retail with the arrows going back and forth, and they try to impress you, because they think, that they know damn well. Economic is not a science, but they are trying to fool us in the thinking that it’s a real science, it’s not. Economic is a set of values that they attempt try to use, mathematical equation and all that kind stuff, and pretend that’s a science.
But if you ask the economist: In that equation, where do you put the ozone layer? Where do you put the deep underground aquiver of fossil water? where do you put top soil of biodiversities? Their answer is, oh those are “externalities”.
What in your mind, this would be on Mars! That economy is not based, in anything in like real world. It’s life, the web of life that filters water in the hidrologic cycle, it’s micro organism in the soil that create the soil that we can grow our food in.
Nature perform all kind of services, insects fertilize all of the flowering plants. This services are vital to the health of the planet. Economist call this “externalities”, that’s nuts!
David Suzuki, Geneticist. Surviving Progress Documentary Program