Add Businesses Side Effect Ownership to the 99 Declaration

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Add Businesses Side Effect Ownership to the 99 Declaration

Post by Peeka on Sat Oct 22, 2011 11:30 pm

Businesses must be responsible for correcting any adverse side effects that they cause. This should be added to the 99 declaration.

For businesses to be really profitable, they have to change something; land, forests, people, habits, etc and these changes all have side effects, some good, some bad. If not controlled, businesses will destroy things to maximize their profits. The following are some examples:

  • To maximize profits, lumber firms clear cut entire forests that caused erosion, loss of habitat, and the forests (woods) will take years and years to recover but the owners of the forested land did'nt care. It took laws to force lumber companies to replant forests and to stop clear cutting.
  • When ore is close to the surface, mining companies do strip mining where they just scrape the soil off of the ore to get the ore and leave these scars on the land. It took laws to force those mining companies to replant after doing strip mining.
  • To catch all the fish they can, fishing boats use nets that they drag along the bottom, breaking all of the coral and catching everything to the point that no fish are left....and then wonder why there are no more fish.
  • To make a profit, developers will build on wetlands and then wonder why there is less fish (wetlands are water purifiers and fish nurseries). Stupid to build on wetlands now with global warming raising the ocean levels.
  • To make a profit, big box stores will be placed so that they take all of the business away from the little mom/pop stores leaving city centers desolate.

In the USA, businesses destroyed the working middle class by outsourcing manufacturing jobs to make their profits increase. But now, the American middle class can't buy the goods made overseas because they don't have jobs ... global recession.

Businesses have to understand the golden goose parable. Killing the goose that lays golden eggs guarantees no more golden eggs. Middle class America was very large and produces most of the wealth of the nation. That is why America is/was so great. Outsourcing jobs, housing loans, playing the market, etc made some business owners very rich at the expense of the middle class. While the rich got richer, the middle class got poorer and poorer. The middle class was deprived of producing wealth and thus could no longer buy any goods.

To fix this, the 99 declaration should address this problem. If a business causes or is part of any activity that has an adverse affect on the environment or people or resources or health or .... whatever, then all businesses involved must use their profits and any bonuses or salaries associated with the problem to correct the problem. Payoffs to injured parties is not sufficient; if erosion is caused, then the ground is restored and planted over; if fish stocks are depleted, then fish are grown, waterways cleared, etc; if people lose their jobs due to cheaper labor, then classes are taught, neighborhoods restored, another production facility is brought in, etc. Business profits may not be as great but the profits will be steady and even be larger over time.

For a final fix, business owners and upper management are required to live where their business is and their workers reside. Gated communities are not allowed. This is a similar requirement followed by police, teachers, firemen, etc.

Peeka

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Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003

Post by Peeka on Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:58 pm

Some legislation has been enacted to address the problem of recycling discarded electronics ... which can contain exotic metals that can be reused and toxic elements that should not get into the environment.
See http://http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/electronics/act2003/

A fee is charged at the point of sale ... but business that produced these electronic products should also pay a fee and/or be involved in the actual recycling.

Something like this should be a ground rule in the declaration.

Peeka

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