Names and Locations of the Top 100 People Killing the Planet

Whether or not we separate our recycling, these corporations will go on trashing the planet unless we stop them.

The Decolonial Atlas

Names and Locations Names and Location of the Top 100 People Killing the Planet, 2019 – by Jordan Engel

“The earth is not dying, it is being killed, and those who are killing it have names and addresses.” – Utah Phillips

Just 100 companies are responsible for more than 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988. The guys who run those companies – and they are mostly guys – have gotten rich on the backs of literally all life on Earth. Their business model relies on the destruction of the only home humanity has ever known. Meanwhile, we misdirect our outrage at our neighbors, friends, and family for using plastic straws or not recycling. If there is anyone who deserves the outrage of all 7.5 billion of us, it’s these 100 people right here. Combined, they control the majority of the world’s mineral rights – the “right” to exploit the remaining…

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6 thoughts on “Names and Locations of the Top 100 People Killing the Planet

  1. Well, that’s one way of looking at it but I like some of the “questioning” comments. No matter how it is presented, ultimately it all comes down to me. If I want change, I must be the change I want to see. I can tell you this, that if McDonalds, the airlines or the military depended on me for their funding and profits, they would be plunging into a big black hole of despair. There are things however I cannot do without in a city type environment. Transportation here has to be privately provided. Bus service is sporadic and mostly services big malls. Distances and dangerous roadways preclude much bicycle riding. Natural gas is the standard fuel to heat homes and water. Electricity is from the grid, most of us could never afford to set up enough solar panels and the expense of batteries and hook up into the grid to even seriously consider it. So we drive “infernal” combustion engine vehicles; we shop at super markets, we use banks because that is where our pensions are deposited, etc., and we have natural gas furnaces and electric stove and hot water tanks. We can dream of alternatives but as long as the capitalist market rules the planet, they will only happen when it’s more profitable to provide “clean” energy than to frack and squish heavy shale oil or gas out of the ground. So, yes, it’s back to recycling and planning trips to combine several bit of business in one trip. When the predatory capitalistic system implodes, as it must sooner or later, then the oligarchs will implode with it, end of story.

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    • After fighting this battle at the grassroots level for 38 years Sha’Tara, I’m inclined to agree with the article. Every group I helped organize in the US was infiltrated and smashed by corporate spies or government and police spies doing their bidding. It shouldn’t be that hard to bring about change.

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      • Quote: “It shouldn’t be that hard to bring about change.” Philosophically, I’ve asked myself often, do we really want change or do we just want a return to some mythical time when we want to believe life was simpler, safer, easier? When I speak of wanting to see change, how do I feel when I consider the consequences of real, revolutionary, drastic, anarchist, change? How do I feel about my condition when the “System” implodes? When the grid fails? When the police become uncontrolled thugs working for the highest bidder? When security forces and military forces fight it out, or join hands to oppress and kill those who resist their take-over? I try to imagine a complete and total breakdown of every aspect of the “System” and I can’t. I can imagine terrible things but what I don’t know is how “we the people” will react to this change. Yet to speak of anything less than the complete collapse of predatory capitalism is to not understand the nature of change. We’ve had hundreds of “changes” within the status quo, some of which have brought relief to certain ethnic groups, for example, and some to working conditions, but each one has only managed to strengthen the hold capitalism has on global civilization. Real change has to mean the end of this particular predatory patriarchal civilization. Starting from scratch. As long as “change agents” believe there are fixes, no real change will happen. There is no fix. Even if you killed all these predators mentioned in the article, the gaps would be filled in a matter of weeks, usually by those who did the killing. That’s the way I see it.

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