Graphic: Are Resources of the Future Mostly Financial?
Last week at the Rio+20 UN Sustainability Conference, nations of the world got together to help decide how best to conserve our natural resources and create a sustainable future for all. When sociecity thumbed through the document that the Rio+20 came up with, dubbed “The Future we Want,” we found that the most mentioned ‘resource’ wasn’t nature, but financial and political resources… with a bit of genetics thrown in for good measure.
The severe reliance on corporate and political power says a lot about how our mentality is geared toward economics as a way to solve everything. But economics aren’t built to care about life — human or nature — unless it can be assigned a monetary value.
The system hasn’t worked out too well for nature in the past century, and it doesn’t seem to be changing much at the hands of organizations such as the UN.
Patrick is an interdisciplinary artist/researcher and the Editor-in-chief at 'sociecity,' a publication of writers and artists who explore solutions for the modern world by engaging humankind and the places we live.
Currently, Patrick is filming a documentary project titled "The Final Straw: A Future for Food," and undertaking an MFA in the Art, Space & Nature program at The University of ...
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