Years ago you used to see doom-mongers with “the end is nigh” written on their sandwich boards.
These predictions usually were based on interpretations of the Bible.
BUT we are still here!
Now scientists and politicians are warning that civilisation might be heading for a tipping point, due to poor world leadership, social unrest, population expansion, climate change, depletion of resources and inequality.
This scenario is scarier than a Frankenstein movie!
When will civilization collapse?
According to the Powers That Be–It has already started!
It might totally collapse in 40 to 50 years if we don’t do something to turn things around.
In the meantime society is getting restless!
How does social unrest start?
The population expands, supply of labour is more than is needed so it becomes cheap. Wealthy elites stick together and living standards of the lower class fall. Society becomes more UNEQUAL. The infighting between these groups starts social unrest.
Do we resist change?
Yes. When inequality and resource depletion meet they cause collapse–they fuel each other.
The ‘haves”are protected by their wealth from resource depletion for longer than the “have-nots” and so there is resistance to a change of strategy until it is too late.
The gap between the richest 1% and everyone else has been growing since the financial collapse of 2008.
How did the 2008 financial crisis occur?
In 2006 house prices began to fall and so the deregulated banks allowed people to take out mortgages for 100% of the value of a new house.
Deregulated banks started trading profitable securities worldwide which were mortgage backed.
People reneged on their 100% loans, so the securities lost value and the banks panicked when they had to absorb the losses. They, then, stopped landing to each other.
Government bank bailouts started.
An economic stimulus package was started, tax cuts and public works spending put money back into the economy.
The outcome: The realisation that banks couldn’t regulate themselves.
Can we avoid another global financial crisis?
Financial crisis is one of the stages of COLLAPSE.
Why do collapses happen?
Financial crisis-see 2008 collapse.
Climate change–when the stability of the climate changes it results in crop failures, floods and droughts.
Environmental Collapse–people start to cut down trees (deforestation), pollution from over use of fossil fuels.
Cars, planes and industry increase carbon emissions.
Poor World Leadership–leaders that tend to wait and see instead of finding solutions now. Political will is lacking.
Inequality–the gap between rich and poor drives social unrest which handicaps a societies ability to respond to the problems, ecological, social and economic.
Resource Depletion–oil will run out someday soon but the world relies heavily on fossil fuels.
Deforestation and Artic ice melts are continuing.
Rivers are drying up so future water shortages will develop.
Wars might be fought over water!
Overpopulation–will collapse the world’s food supply.
Crop failures cause by climate change–overfishing of the oceans which are getting polluted.
If we keep adding billions of people we will exceed the carrying capacity of the planet.
More people tends to create more pollution.
Well, my friends, that is what collapse looks like.
It may take years or decades, BUT it is already set in motion! People feel hopeless!
Is there hope? What to do?
We lack the knowledge of HOW TO LIVE!
Our original form of human social organisation was TRIBALISM, which didn’t have any impact on the environment.
The problems listed above are motivated and justified on the thinking that we humans can do what we please–we can build, dam up, extract, cut down, pollute as much as we want, shaping the world to our desires.
Maybe, during this collapsing process, we can start from scratch.
Can we learn from the hunter-gatherers?
They knew how to live so they didn’t ruin their environment on which they depended on for survival?
I think we have to simplify life:
Go into the garden and read nature’s signs.
Do things yourself–start a veg garden and feed yourself.
Retreat to the countryside, inhale fresh air, feel the sun on your face and let go.
Be a modern day hunter-gatherer.
We have to make the best of our situation and use the opportunity to create something better.
Step back to go forward OR in other words:
GO BACK TO THE FUTURE!!!