The buck starts here

You are a member of a small island group of people in the Pacific ocean living simply and sustainably. Your ancestral stories go back several generations. Living is fun and fulfilling.

Then one day you notice the sea has come further up the beach than is usual. Over a few years the sea level has risen alarmingly and during storms the houses nearest the beach always flood. Your island is only several metres above sea level at its highest point. At the continuing rate of rise your entire island will be under water in a couple of decades.

If this was a result of natural phenomena you would just shrug your shoulders and adapt as best you can. But if you knew this was the result of some strange race of people living on the other side of the world doing things to the environment in an utterly careless way, you would be appalled, disbelieving, angry…

So now you are a member of a large island group of people living a complex and unsustainable life style. Life is not much fun but it is tolerable. Then one day you notice the media is full of stories about the rising tide of debt and how it has risen to levels not seen before. Suddenly a fierce financial storm threatens to drown your island and everyone living on the island starts bailing debt as fast as they can. Many drown.

Then you discover that this tsunami of debt was the result of some strange race of people living in America doing things to the financial environment in an utterly careless way and you become appalled, disbelieving, angry…

But then, in the aftermath, you learn that the great expanse of sea between America and here is actually no barrier at all and that, in fact, you are part of that strange race of people doing things so carelessly to the environment.

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