George Monbiot sums up so many problems and links them together in a profound way.
Clearly, with the financial crisis outstripping anything and everything, the hopes that environmental issues will become of the highest concern takes a blow.
Although, if the financial institutions fail once again as they did in the 30's, the chance for total restructure becomes available. However, a dysfunctional economy and chaotic society also spells disaster for our ecosystems. As the old proverb goes: "A crisis is an opportunity riding the dangerous wind."
It is profoundly ironic that the very system responsible for much of our environmental and social woes is the same system that we devote the majority of our resources to fix.