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Jul
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Action will determine the general quality of life of every creature on the planet…

Action will determine the general quality of life of every creature on the planet into the distant future.

Inaction will lead to death for all, soon..

Whether we act decisively out of knowledge, reason and forethought, or wait until we have no choices left and our hands are finally forced, will define the quality of humanity at the point of the greatest crisis in our history.

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The Final Acceleration – Just Waiting for the Great Disruption?
The world seems dominated by two loud and bizarrely inconsistent narratives. One narrative constantly assures us that things have never been so good as they are now, and are just getting better all the…

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12 comments

  1. Emily Bernier
    Emily Bernier says:

    Thoughtful and well written… Good read.

    Humans still haven't fully grasped the concept of this planet being a part of us. We see our planet as a resource rather than the life sustaining organism that she is. We are biting the hand that feeds.

    I agree with article in that we will eventually be forced to see our impact. When the average suburbanite takes their trash to the curb every week, they don't even have to think about where it goes. We call this taking the trash "out", but where is "out"?

  2. David Lazarus
    David Lazarus says:

    +Woozle Hypertwin – Check out this post.

  3. Woozle Hypertwin
    Woozle Hypertwin says:

    +David Lazarus : interesting article.

    "The most bizarre aspect of it all is that, just as we are reaching the Limits to Growth that were foreseen in 1972, so too is the denial of the very existence of those limits reaching an ever more shrill crescendo."

    Even as we speak, I'm engaged in a death-match with a couple of global-warming "skeptics" in another thread…

    I dislike the self-blame, though:

    " It is us – those of us born since World War II – that will be seen to have had the most lavish lifestyles ever; and the tragedy is that as a direct result, we have cheated Generation Alpha of their chance for equally good lifestyles."

    Those of us reading this article are far less likely to be among those who were uninterested in switching to more sustainable methodologies. I'd rather put blame where it's due than take some supposed high-road of accepting equal responsibility. I've been strongly in favor of getting off fossil-fuels ever since the oil crises in the 1970s, and where possible have voted and acted accordingly. I'm sure many other people of my generation have as well. The problem is that we are overruled by those who hold the keys to public opinion.

    And finally: it's not clear whether the author believes a sustainable lifestyle is possible without greatly reducing our quality of life, but I believe it is. Much of the waste involves things we would be happier without — competitive advertising, cheap plastic party favors, socially-mandated cosmetics, ever-changing fashion, planned obsolescence…

  4. David Lazarus
    David Lazarus says:

    Yeah, what the heck is Generation  Alpha?  Why don't they use the Declaration of Independence standard?  The people who signed it being Generation 1 and new generations every 20 years.  I am of Generation 13 (those born between 1961 and 1981).

    I agree with your final analysis.

  5. Chris George
    Chris George says:

    I would agree that there exists more sustainable ways forward that would be more egalitarian, better for the environment and may even give us a chance to manage down our numbers in a humane way.

    I just don't see any of them as being very likely to make it to the top of the list in time to implement them.

  6. Woozle Hypertwin
    Woozle Hypertwin says:

    +Chris George : that's a political problem, not a technical one — and until we recapture the decisionmaking process from the powermongers, we won't be able to solve any large-scale problems, no matter how technically simple the solution might be.

  7. Chris George
    Chris George says:

    The political problem is now the engineering problem. It is what stands in the way of a solution.

  8. Woozle Hypertwin
    Woozle Hypertwin says:

    Yes. The political problem is what we need to be focusing on.

  9. Chris George
    Chris George says:

    It sounds easy.

    Its not. I ran for the Green Party here in British Columbia in our provincial election in May. Voters are not terribly interested in the future unless it comes with a side of "growth" and "prosperity" with a slathering of "jobs".

    I spoke in front of almost 900 people at town halls and another 500 on the doorsteps. Political change will require organization and lots and lots of money. We could wish that it wasn't so, but that, unfortunately, is the root of the problem.

    So we are now busy building an organization. It will take too long and has little chance of succeeding. It is sort of like social change in that way.

  10. Woozle Hypertwin
    Woozle Hypertwin says:

    I'm building open-source software infrastructure for democratic organizations. Maybe that will be useful to you when it's ready.

  11. Chris George
    Chris George says:

    Local economy, local currency.

    I have been working out what an autarky will look like from where I sit. Plan for the shit to get real, then look at what is necessary to do today to help us maintain a decent standard of living right here. Starting in my garden. :-)

  12. Woozle Hypertwin
    Woozle Hypertwin says:

    That's one of many tools which I believe will contribute to a positive outcome. I've described a related idea here:
    http://instagov.com/wiki/Federated_retail

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