Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

END­LESS growth: this is the mantra of most gov­ern­ments and busi­nesses.

Those who ques­tion this are cas­ti­gated.

Yet the premise of end­less growth on a fi­nite planet is ac­tu­ally ab­surd and im­pos­si­ble.

Con­sider that 60 per cent of ecosys­tem ser­vices are de­graded. We have ex­ceeded three plan­e­tary lim­its (ex­tinc­tion, cli­mate, ni­trate pol­lu­tion).

Ex­tinc­tion is at least 1000 fold above the nor­mal lev­els in the fos­sil record and huge amounts of the world’s large fish stock de­stroyed, in­clud­ing much of the cod and bluefin tuna pop­u­la­tions.

This is the age of peak ev­ery­thing - oil, soil, wheat, wa­ter and so forth. The ev­i­dence is over­whelm­ing: un­lim­ited growth is nei­ther pos­si­ble nor de­sired. Wake up peo­ple… there is no Plan B. BRAD CAPES, Cool­bellup. sible home­less­ness for many dis­ad­van­taged fam­i­lies.

They pro­vide the tools to help peo­ple get out of trou­ble while the Gov­ern­ment sits by or in fact pro­vides the spade to dig a deeper hole fi­nan­cially speak­ing.

Pay­day lenders with out­ra­geous fees and charges tar­get the needy and those who can least af­ford it.

The adage that a stitch in time saves nine ap­plies: the ben­e­fits these coun­sel­lors pro­vide may be hard to quan­tify. Just like get­ting your brakes ser­viced on your car, both are worth it be­fore a crash . MICHAEL WHIT­WORTH, Safety Bay.

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