The decryption of Josette Sicsic (Futuroscopie)

After a hellish summer during which most of the threats mentioned by scientists for many years have descended on our lives, one thing is certain: ecological awareness has made a leap forward while the link between global warming and modes of life has been affirmed and confirmed. We therefore understood that the urgency was there and that we could no longer do without new habits. End of abundance, end of recklessness, sobriety, decline… a new vocabulary is invading everyday language and injunctions are raining down on businesses, politicians, citizens. But, are we able to change? Are we humans capable of adapting new behaviors to the imperative need to act and to act quickly?
In fact, the question arises in sociological, psychological, neurobiological, in short, anthropological terms… as demonstrated by two neuroscientists whose works we recommend: Thierry Ripoll and Sébastien Bohler*

We cannot force humans to stop accumulating polluting goods, change smartphones every six months, take the plane instead of taking the train, unless the community as a whole makes an effort and only if the marketing stop pushing the consumption of useless and environmentally degrading goods - Depositphotos.com Author urfingus

We cannot force humans to stop accumulating polluting goods, change smartphones every six months, take the plane instead of taking the train, unless the community as a whole makes an effort and only if the marketing stop pushing the consumption of useless and environmentally degrading goods – Depositphotos.com Author urfingus

… In this anxiety-provoking back-to-school season, the roadmap for France and a large part of the world’s countries is clear.

We must act quickly in order to curb these tsunamis which risk sweeping us away. Heat waves, drought, fires, bad weather, floods, wars, energy shortagesgalloping inflation reaching unprecedented levels in some countries like the United Kingdom, the spread of eco-anxiety, geopolitical threats in Asia, in the Aegean Sea, between Russia and Ukraine… the list is long and now known to all .

Also known to many are the remedies capable of slowing down the drama in progress. On greenhouse gas emissions in particular, scientists, associations, NGOs, etc., many of which were created in the 1960s, are unanimous: “ it is a question of modifying our production and our consumption in the direction of greater sobriety, thanks to changes in individual practices, but above all thanks to structural transformations obtained by massive investments in renewable energies, thermal renovation of buildings, alternatives to thermal transport and agriculture“.

The essential remedies in the tourism sector are known

blankIn the sector that concerns us: tourism and transport, professionals and elected officials but also tourists also understood that it was going to be necessary to go through a change of mentality and the use of major tools such as:

the pure and simple abolition of tourist visits in certain sites that are too fragile.

the limitation of flows in other sites. Or by making registration compulsory (with the examples of Porquerolles and the Calanque de Sugiton in the Bouches-du-Rhône). Or by establishing eco-taxes for entry (Bouthan, New Zealand since 2019, perhaps Venice and Saint Mark’s Square, certain beaches like Maya Bay in Thailand).

– Finally, we also mention the ” demarketing or the abolition of promotional campaigns (Amsterdam for example). While everyone has understood that sobriety in terms of mobility (plane, car) would be the most effective measure to reduce CO2 emissions and clean up our planet.

– Not to mention the rreduction of plastic consumption, sorting of waste, recycling, extension of labels, etc.

But we obey anthropological dictates

… Logically, then, we should have fought and even eradicated the evils that are driving our planet to ruin.

But, we haven’t done it and, worse, it’s not certain that we will. Why ? Quite simply because more and more of them think that “homo sapiens” is perhaps not capable of accomplishing the efforts necessary for a generalized rescue of the planet!

Bad news from brain specialists and in particular from a summer literature which saw the publication of two books written by neuroscientists.

Those from Thierry Ripoll : “ Why are we destroying the planet? “, And the one of Sebastien Bohler : “ HumanPsycho “. Two very well-documented works that support roughly the same point of view, which is disturbing to say the least.

Indeed, according to these researchers, the cerebral structures of humans have a nervous structure: the striatum which activates the reward system. Yet this is in particular responsible for five basic motivations which we have inherited and which are still at work. These are the following:

– to eat,
– to reproduce
– minimize effort
– gain social status
– glean information

So many motivations that spread pleasure in the form of a well-known molecule: dopamine. You follow ?

We are made to invent and produce abundance

Along with these processes, the human brain, according to their research, is programmed to invent all kinds of tools, instruments, machines allowing effortless access to abundance.

This is why we massively produce cars, motorcycles, planes, smartphones, air conditioning systems… which allow us to limit our efforts and always to experience pleasure.

Except that all these objects are produced without the awareness that we are evolving in a finite world.

We ignore the end of the world

The finitude of the world (another argument) remains an abstract idea. We have an almost anthropological inability to conceive that we are drawing from the dwindling resources of a planet that can no longer see its metals, its living species, insects, animals, birds, its lands, its oceans, its forests disappear.

Certainly, on the stroke of emotion, the human who remains an intelligent being, understands, empathizes and makes good resolutions. But, as Thierry Rippoll explains: “ the force of social determinism means that when I take a shower, even though I know it should be cut short, I cannot resist the pleasure principle “. Better, he says, man accepts this sacrifice all the less the more he does it on an individual scale. »

In less than 30 years, the earth will be unlivable!

Individual or collective?

This is one of the crux of the problem that we know, which could condemn the incentives to perform clean gestures. Humans tend to compare their actions with those of their fellow human beings. He does if others do. Not that he’s selfish.

He is driven to selfishness by a society and economy that values ​​selfishness over altruism.

We can therefore only force him to stop accumulating polluting goods, change smartphones every six months, take the plane instead of taking the train, if the community as a whole makes an effort and only if the marketing stops to encourage the consumption of useless and environmentally degrading goods.

What is not earned. And who makes Sébastien Bohler say that humanity is psychopathic?. She does what she shouldn’t do, even if it means turning herself into a “serial killer” of the planet, in complete indifference. So much so that in less than 30 years, warns the author of ” HumanPsycho », the earth will be uninhabitable!

See the future and anticipate it

A terrible vision of the future that is perhaps more plausible than it looks. However, the authors provide some political and philosophical solutions.

According to them, it is necessary to organize the brain of humanity by integrating into it a regulatory body endowed with a body of laws governing all trade, industry, finance…

He will also have to be taught to anticipate the future and to agree to sacrifice some of his individual freedoms… in order not ” become the most dangerous species on the planet for the planet as it is becoming.

This article will be supplemented by a future article in the coming days.
Read : “Human Psycho”. Sebastien Bohler. Editions Books.
Thierry Ripoll. Why are we destroying the planet? Editions The edge of the water.

Dates of creation of some NGOs
International Union for Conservation of Nature: 1948:
WWF: 1961
Greenpeace: 1971
France Nature environment: 1968
Yellowstone Park (USA): 1872…

Josette Sicsic - DR

Josette Sicsic – DR

Journalist, consultant, lecturer, Josette Sicsic has been observing changes in the world for more than 25 years in order to analyze their consequences on the tourism sector.

After having developed the Touriscopie newspaper for more than 20 years, she is still on the bridge of current affairs where she decodes the present to predict the future. On the site www.tourmag.com, heading Futuroscopy, it publishes prospective and analytical articles several times a week.

Contact: 06 14 47 99 04
Email: touriscopie@gmail.com


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