Maintaining growth in the development of the
economy is destroying the planet,
because this practise incites consumers in the free market economy to
consume always more. Growth in development
implies producing more. However, production
figures are included in the GNP's only if that what is produced is also sold
and thus consumed.
It is not possible to continue consuming
more of limited resources without eventually depleting them. Nevertheless that is what consumers have been
doing with the limited resources of the planet since commerce began.
Consumers can spend their money differently then to
consume more, namely in pursuit of the goal: to maintain the integrity of
In order to exhort the consumer to adopt this behaviour,
the law must enable him to deduct from his taxable income all the money he
spends on environmentally respectful goods and services.
Driven by personal- and financial interests consumers will
then buy only products that keep Nature in perfect condition and they will account
for the percentage of their costs of living, which maintains this state of
This goal of consumers will immediately become the sense of development of
the economy, because producers will pursue it in order to satisfy the demand of
consumers. The macro-economic principle
with which the economy is kept going will then automatically become: to
maintain the integrity of Nature in the development of the economy.
Consumers will then use the natural resources more
When an optimum efficiency will have been achieved in
the free market economy, enough goods and services will be supplied so that
poverty will be abolished and mankind will share compatible levels of well
People who share satisfaction also live in peace. War,
destruction and terrorism will, at last belong to history.
The macro-economic practise of maintaining
growth in development should therefore be stopped!
Lawmakers can and must do it!
They are responsible for future generations!
We cannot keep continuing to consume more of
the dwindling natural resources, particularly not by means of all our industrial might!
The worsening of the ecological crises, like the
heating of the atmosphere, clearly proves this conclusion to be correct.
Hoeilaart, 18 August 2015
Willem Adrianus de Bruijn,
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