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Letter: Make human dignity the real issue

Think of people instead of greed

Scott McKain’s October 27 Sustainable Living column titled “Let’s not reach Earth’s capacity the hard way,” disappointingly failed to make any good sense on a hot topic. How to interpret the second half of his column? At best, he resorted to reactionary rambling. He sounded to me a lot like the pontificating males he disdained.

The question is, what is the value of a human being?

McKain refers to the population experts, who estimate the carrying capacity of our planet to be 2 billion people, while leaving natural systems intact. Therein lies the issue. Our intact “natural systems” have everything to do with corporate greed, widespread waste, and the non-sustainable habits of Western world consumers. These occur at the expense of human beings in third world countries, not to mention the health of a fragile planet. One does not have to look far to cite the evidence. A recent article in The News-Review on the agrochemical health crisis in Argentina is one alarming example.

Mother Nature may indeed call us to task, if we do not soon and drastically change the way we operate. Let us, therefore, dialogue about real issues that uphold the dignity of every human being.

Dorothy Moll

Roseburg


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