Law for Sustainability, Sustainability Policy and Events
This environmental citizen (definition: not a person who is environmentally exemplary, but a person who sees that learning about how to be more environmentally responsible is part of being a citizen of one’s country and the world) has been quiet on this spot, but active elsewhere. Please go to www.bu.edu/rccp and click on Events in the Banner. Then click on the conference Detoxifying Commerce.
It will be on April 19 – a date when ordinary people, available “in a minute”, stood down the British Army. We have just had Passover celebrations involving the opportunity of the Red Sea miraculously opening, to cross into freedom. We remember that it was not easy but thank god (definition: your own) it happened and let it happen for everyone now in slavery. The feeling of freedom is in the air with the rebirth of spring.
A good time then, it would seem, to free ourselves from toxic threats. The toxicity of our continued consumption of products made in a way that is efficient for producers in today’s system, rather than what makes sense biologically or ecologically, let alone in terms of justice, takes many forms. It involves distortion of science, politics, and simple everyday cognition, as well as insults to every organ in the body and every form of life we know. Toxicity is a term that has taken on many meanings, from unjustified attacks on independent scientists who threaten corporate interests, to cold indifference on the part of those representatives who protect moneyed rather than human interests, to twisted judicial reasoning that keeps outmoded laissez-faire policies in place and disrespects concepts of justice. It is not just literal poisons, corrosives, hazardous substances, hepatotoxins, neurotoxins, carcinogens, mutagens, teratogens, endocrine disruptors, sensitizers, asthmagens, explosives, flammables, reactives, nanoparticles, solvents, delirients, asphyxiants, and so on. It is that we tolerate their dispersion. We need not.