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I wrote this a year ago and we are still wasting resources with no regard for the limitations of this finite planet.
Marketing and advertising and the wasting of resources go hand in hand in the 21st century. These cranes I think had clearly been signposted with the site name that they were working on but why? Because they could. The cost of doing so was in the local currency, it might have even been tax deductible but there was no associated cost to the environment. OK you might say it’s some materials on a one way trip to landfill or burning but it’s not much. Unfortunately it is though. It may only look like a “straw” to you but there are 7,800,000,000 of us all using “straws” that are often unnecessary and therefore part of the over use of natural resources that humanity extracts from the natural world at every moment. Earth Overshoot Day gets earlier every year. Make sure you consider the environmental cost of what you use and not just its monetary cost.
I posted this on the 2nd of January last year. In this last year we’ve had COP26 but nothing has really changed apart the level of CO2 in the atmosphere has continued to climb. Another year has passed in the decade where we must make significant reductions in the amount of fossil fuels that are burnt. We must all act now.
2nd January 2021
The marketing and advertising industries have been pushing the unsustainable dream life for those with enough money in their pockets and bank accounts for decades. Meanwhile countless numbers of 3rd world workers and their environment have been sacrificed to maintain this neoliberal drug fueled party for those 1st world party goers that are able to get into the club. Thankfully, some are waking up to the fact that the party has gone way too far and on for way too long. Hence some suitable rebellion like this climate change graffiti. Some in polite society may call this vandalism but when big money and fossil fuel corporations have been the neoliberal drug dealers supplying the party goers this is one of the only ways of fighting back.
The 2010 International Festival took place between the 16th and 25th of July and Les Machines de l’île, https://www.lesmachines-nantes.fr/en/, were part of it and were spectacular and well received. Apart from a few moaners complaining about the loss of parking spaces during the few days of the festival. It’s really clever engineering. Photo from 24th July 2010.
I blogged this at the end of 2020. Will things have changed in the building industry? Probably not. The buildings on this site are almost complete and a couple of weeks ago it looked as if the desks used by the admin and management people had been dismantled and appeared to be heading for the skip. Not hard to see the waste on so many levels.
30th December 2020
This for me instantly says a waste of Earth’s precious resources and more pollution but then I always look at things in terms of environmental impact and at least over medium time scales of hundreds or thousands of years. That may sound like an eternity to some but even a thousand years is a blink in geological time. If we look at human history though it has been the last 200 years plus that we have really started to mess things up. Certain things exemplify the fact that we either haven’t got a clue what we are doing to the planet or we just don’t care. While a group of people must have sat around and thought up this idea of making the hoarding of a building site look pretty they must have been as far removed from thinking that it was in any way detrimental or wasteful of resources as could possibly be. That’s the biggest problem to overcome. People for the most part live in very small bubbles. If the material for these hoardings caused a large hole to be dug outside their dwelling or the burning of these panels at the end of their short life filled their lungs with acrid smoke they may have thought differently of the whole idea in the first place. Professional people may have all sorts of qualifications but that still doesn’t mean that they are “Earth wise”. Something we need to rectify if we are to have any chance of solving the problems that we ourselves have caused.
I blogged this back in December 2020. The situation hasn’t changed as Western shops and internet outlets are full of third world labour exploitation used in the products being sold, especially clothes. Perhaps something that you bought as a present is part of the problem. Did you check?
Marketing, the telling of untruths if not downright lies. I saw this poster in a London tube station. It can’t be a farm if a profiteering developer has built little boxes all over it and connected them with large swathes of tarmac. 9th June 2021.
We have a moral duty to understand the economics of our supply chains. If we wouldn’t accept the wages and living conditions of the third world workers who fill our retail outlets with goods for our over consumption then we shouldn’t expect them to either.