We measure our environmental impact. Carbon Footprint, ecological footprint, energy use. We characterize sustainability by abstract and quantifiable entities. SDG‘s. Our wellbeing is measured by metrics such as the gross domestic product.
Life becomes increasingly post-political. It‘s about the numbers.
What and how we measure the environment influences how we interact with it and how we perceive ourselves in the world.
Measuring is not wrong. It‘s useful. It‘s a tool. A tool representing a part of reality. Unfortunately, it is often mistaken for reality itself. Measuring the parts reinforces the divide between us and the environment. It takes the world into pieces.
What‘s missing when we focus on single measures is the awareness and ability to deal with the relation between those measures, to bring them into a more coherent whole.