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Do we need a second planet?

Ecological turning point or catastrophic end

Günter Albert Ulmer

(Published in Grail World 76/2013)

Our world is suffering from multiple exponential growth: population is growing exponentially, consumption per capita is growing exponentially, and the big capital owners want their profits to grow exponentially too. They have to do this in order to increase their influence on politicians and governments even further, so that in the end the large majority has to toil at minimal wages for a small minority. In economics, this state of affairs, which has been striving for worldwide since the end of the Cold War, is called “Brazilianization”.

With the kind support of the mass media, rigorous exploiters have managed to create a world "religion" recognized by almost every nation for the first time in history: capitalism. And an idol worshiped by all peoples: Mammon (cf. Matth. 6, 24: "You cannot serve God and Mammon"; Mammon means dishonestly acquired profit or immorally invested wealth).

Not least because of the dramatic mismanagement of democratic and authoritarian governments on all inhabited continents, the many world problems are becoming more and more acute. Ultimately, human egoism and human irrationality could endanger the survival of humanity and - in extreme cases - even the existence of higher life on our planet.

Now a preventologist who has been committed for many years (note: Preventology = the science of precaution, especially in health care) has written a paper in which he clearly shows the most striking of the many dangers for the survival of our children: nuclear power, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, Radio technology, environmental toxins, factory breeding, famine.

In a second part, projects are presented that can serve in the areas of health, nutrition, humus, water and lifestyle to preserve creation and to shape a future worth living in.

It is not a scientific book. The readable font is not aimed at scientists who are used to studying complicated statistics, deciphering complex graphics or understanding curves that are not easy to visualize.

And that is perhaps the strength of this book. With simple words, clear pictures and memorable quotes, a broad readership is addressed and seriously informed about problems that everyone should know today.

I wish the lovingly compiled, easy-to-read booklet by Albert Ulmer a broad, interested readership, including many young people.

 Günter Albert Ulmer Verlag, Tübingen 2012

ISBN 978-3-932346-77-4

141 pages, EUR 12