Can a collapse of global civilization be avoided?

Dave Barnett
By Dave Barnett on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 - 4:03pm

http://mahb.stanford.edu/article-of-the-month/can-a-collapse-of-global-civilization-be-avoided/

“For the first time an array of interconnected problems is moving a global civilization toward collapse. Driven by increasing overpopulation and overconsumption by the rich, these dilemmas include climate disruption, loss of ecosystem services, global poisoning, depletion of resources  (especially soils and groundwater), and the threat of vast famines, epidemics and resource wars.  Only a concerted effort to reduce the scale of society and focus much more attention on agriculture and equity seems likely to much improve the human prospect.  Growth is the disease; sustainability is attainable, but only with unprecedented rethinking, effort, and cooperation.”

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jasonw
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Another reason become more resilient on the local scale.

Thanks for sharing Dave.  Not the most uplifting read but provides more motivation to take the small steps to creating a better possible future.  Expand personal efforts to friends and neighbors and work your way out from there.  Hard part is presenting these actions as providing a better quality of life and not being a reaction to the very scary issue we face.  But I see much progress and hope moving forward. 

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