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It’s Time to Call It What It Is—A Capitalism-Induced Ecological Crisis

Erin McCarley

The same industries that benefit from ecological destruction- Big Oil, Big Agriculture, Tech Giants, the Military Industrial Complex– have for years tried to sell us a “greener capitalism” as a solution to the crisis. And they have been lying to us. Suggesting that individual consumption habits– light bulbs, electric cars, or the purchasing of carbon offsets– will somehow save us from disaster is a fairytale. It won’t. These attempts at tinkering around the edges of capitalism ignore the very nature of capitalism.  Capitalism as an economic system requires constant growth, constant profit, and endless extraction in order to achieve profit.