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Mark Bittman is the food columnist for New York Times and the author of How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, which is the cookbook which currently gets the most food stains on it in my kitchen - a testament to how incredibly useful it is. Although Mr. Bittman is not actually a vegetarian, he has an excellent grasp of how meat consumption, peak oil …
This just in from Richard Heinberg, [originally written for The Ecologist and reprinted by permission]. Richard is the author of a number of Peak Oil books published by New Society, including his most recent book Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines. Thanks Richard!
How Do You Like the Collapse So Far?
Take relentless population growth. Add decades of expanding per-capita resource consumption. Simmer slowly over rising global temperatures.
What do you get?
Traumatic information: that is, information that wounds us through the very act of obtaining it.
Everyone knows things are going wrong. But if you understand ecology, you know this in a way that others don't. It's not just that the current crop of world leaders is idiotic. It's not just a matter of a few policies having gone awry. We've been on a perilous track since the dawn of agriculture, capturing more and more biosphere services for the benefit of just one species. Fossil fuels recently gave our kind an enormous economic and technological boost--but at the same time enabled us to go much further out on an ecological limb. No one knows the long-term carrying capacity of planet Earth for humans, absent cheap fossil fuels, but it's likely a lot fewer than seven billion. The implication is not just sobering; it's paralyzing.
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Kirkpatrick Sale, author of Human Scale has written an excellent, thought-provoking essay entitled "You Know Your Empire Is Collapsing When...", which is reprinted here by permission of the author. His basic point is that when you can no longer accept living within an increasingly corrupt and failing system then ... don't. Just don't.
You Know Your Empire Is Collapsing When...
I want to start out with a little game, called "How Do You Know When Your Empire Is Collapsing?" - invented in a little different form by a political scientist on Long Island.
Let me give you a few examples of how it works.
Let's say for starters, you know your empire is collapsing when the empire that is your fiercest rival buys up a total of 26 percent of three of your major Wall Street firms for $9 billion, and declares that it has another $200 billion that it is looking to invest.
[Since we're going to be doing some numbers here, I should pause to give a little reference for the concept "billion." A billion seconds ago was . . . 1959, which means some of you here haven't yet lived a billion seconds. A billion minutes ago Jesus was walking along the Sea of Galilee - more than 2 millennia ago. A billion hours ago, about 100,000 years before the present, the classic Neanderthal peoples were wandering Europe and the Middle East, and Homo sapiens started to move out of Africa. We throw the term around a lot, but a billion is a big, big number.]
Next, you might figure your empire is collapsing when its total debt obligations amount to $50.5 trillion. That is so big that it's about the same as the total household income of everyone in the country, including the billionaires. In other words, we owe almost more than we make.