Taking stock (Pt. 1: Air)[reprinted from and written by Adbusters]Derived from the Greek word oikos, meaning household, ecology is - both etymologically and literally - the study of our home. Economics shares the same linguistic history - it is also derived from the work oikos - and relates to the allotment of goods within that home. The words ecology and economy are inextricably linked and, taken together, relate to the management of our global household.If we genuinely assess our world’s natural inventory, how well do we rate as planetary managers?Air: C-Four thousands of years everything was fine - we took breathing, the most elemental human action, for granted. But in the last 50 years, the air became so polluted that we resigned ourselves to living with the thick shrouds of smog that blanket our cities. Nations all over the world are developing practices and policies to address the situation, but solutions may not be implemented soon enough. If we’re unable to reverse the problem, the entire world may end up like China - where the air quality is so dismal that the Beijing Olympics were threatened due to concerns for the athletes’ health.

Taking stock (Pt. 1: Air)
[reprinted from and written by Adbusters]

Derived from the Greek word oikos, meaning household, ecology is - both etymologically and literally - the study of our home. Economics shares the same linguistic history - it is also derived from the work oikos - and relates to the allotment of goods within that home. The words ecology and economy are inextricably linked and, taken together, relate to the management of our global household.

If we genuinely assess our world’s natural inventory, how well do we rate as planetary managers?

Air: C-

Four thousands of years everything was fine - we took breathing, the most elemental human action, for granted. But in the last 50 years, the air became so polluted that we resigned ourselves to living with the thick shrouds of smog that blanket our cities. Nations all over the world are developing practices and policies to address the situation, but solutions may not be implemented soon enough. If we’re unable to reverse the problem, the entire world may end up like China - where the air quality is so dismal that the Beijing Olympics were threatened due to concerns for the athletes’ health.

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