The stupidity and unsustainability of “sustainability”

Western Washington University’s Office of Sustainability in conjunction with two other groups hosted a sustainability expo on Thursday. What is telling about the event is its overall theme: the earth is a shared environment. Essentially, this implies that humans should sacrifice their lives or livelihoods to the planet as though it is some mystical entity to be revered above all else.

According to the University’s newspaper, The Western Front, the expo encompassed four facets: transportation, food, housing and clothing. Victoria Monreal who helped organize the conference is quoted by the paper as saying:

[Sustainability] can be easy and fun,” Monreal said. “Some people hear sustainability and feel this big weight when it doesn’t have to be. You can make little changes and really help reduce your carbon footprint.

The idea behind sustainability is not only stupid but ridiculous on its face. The logic environmentalists get people to buy into is that we have to make do with less. Hence green groups consistently communicate reducing your carbon foot print by turning off the lights, use pubic transportation, walking or riding your bike. The idea is that people use too many natural resources (like oil or trees) in which we will run soon run out of them resulting in an unsustainable future.

The thrust of the conference is grounded in the typical Malthusian nonsense of finite (i.e. limited) resources which has been thoroughly refuted. People starve or waste resources when there is little wealth that is why there is much poverty in places like Africa. Because China is has opened its markets to trade their high pollution and carbon emissions is indicative of a country attempting to build itself out of poverty via industrialization. Over time and with further economic liberalization these bad events will subside.

In order for people to live we have to use our minds to think through our actions and that includes the ability to produce exploiting raw materials which is what the planet is made of. Thanks to capitalism people are able to build material wealth by using and discovering new ways to use the planet’s resources so we can not only live but prosper too. The very notion that humans can prosper by bending nature is revoting to environmentalists. They then follow through via their political groups, like Greenpeace, and even convince learning institutions like Western Washington U to officially sanction in order to make human lives unsustainable in the end since we end up with less so we can live.