Climate Change, Land Use and Monetary Policy: The New Trifecta
by Geraldine Perry
Wasteland Press

"Fears over climate change have set into warp speed motion a mushrooming pileup of confusing and conflicting public policies, corporate goals and individual choices that rarely if ever deal head-on with land use as a major factor in climate change, much less address in any meaningful way the increasingly urgent environmental, economic, political and moral questions concerning land use."

In this fact-filled guide for those perplexed by the current global argument about climate change, Geraldine Perry, a Certified Natural Health Consultant with a Masters Degree in Education, examines varying facets of the on-going debate, first noting that most climate change believers stress CO2 as the major villain, which has resulted in a "singular focus on reduction of C02 emissions." Perry points out that other elements such as nitrogen also have an effect and that land usage (agriculture) has always played a major role in climate disasters, as witnessed during the Dust Bowl. The political policies that followed the Dust Bowl, including the misnamed Green Revolution, brought about highly industrialized farming that is rapidly sucking the land dry and producing foods deficient in nutrients. The over-arching issue of land usage leads into international monetary policies that exploit ever-increasing debt as a way of keeping businesses and banks afloat. Connections between climate change (i.e. depletion of resources including land and nutrients), land use (i.e. the difference in value between "tree plantations" and old growth forests), and monetary policy (i.e. accumulation of ever-spiraling debt) form the nexus—the "new trifecta"—of this fascinating treatise.

Perry comes across as principled and forward-thinking. She proposes ameliorating the ravages of climate change through a combination of appropriate agricultural technologies, fairer distribution of wealth, and the elimination of central banking. She speaks knowledgably of the justifiable fears of America’s founding fathers, particularly Thomas Jefferson, that powerful banking interests would control public policy and thereby determine how and which wealth is extracted from our greatest shared resource, the Earth itself. By reading Climate Change, Land Use and Monetary Policy, a thoughtful seeker can discover a new way to look at these large and often confusing issues.

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