Fragmented social structures for environmental protection
The environment is endangered by the very structures created for its protection. The structures which are based on geography are exclusive and uncoordinated, for example the agencies dealing with North Sea pollution number in the dozens but none in fact deal with the whole geographic area effecting it. Structures which are formed along functional lines, like oil pollution or endangered species are based on obsolete categories and are often to closely related to those causing the damage. In both cases these agencies do not have the power to effect change. The illusion that something is being done about the environment creates and even greater danger.
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