Ecological irresponsibility

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Written by Wendy M. Scullon

When there is no reliable accounting and therefore no competent knowledge of the economic and ecological effects of our lives, we cannot live lives that are economically and ecologically responsible.  This is the problem that has frustrated, and to a considerable extent undermined, the American conservation from the beginning.  It is ultimately futile to plead and protest and lobby in favor of public ecological responsibility while, in virtually every act of our private lives, we endorse and support an economic system that is by intention, and perhaps by necessity, ecologically irresponsible.

Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace, p.237.

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