HE WHO HESITATES NOW IS LOST – FOR EVER – TIME FOR ACTION NOW
Global warming and fuel and food poverty are two sides of the same coin – that of exceeding the capacity of planet earth to support the lifestyle of the fossil fuel age.
Exponentially increasing world population and associated rising consumption of finite resources to provide for the ever more sophisticated lifestyle and an economy based on unfettered economic growth is leading to the depletion of the finite mineral and fuel resources and the destruction of the earths life supporting ecology.
The chaotic disruption to life and economic development from the extreme weather events in 2012, underline the cost of unmitigated climate change caused by greenhouse gas GHG emissions from the burning of fossil fuels and rising cost of dependence on the supply of depleting non-renewable fossil fuels.
Various estimate have been made of the ‘carrying capacity’ of the earth, but all indicate that we are very close to it, unless we quickly discover how to live on less. Earth’s bank is near to insolvency, and there is no other earth to move to – excepting in science fiction.
Politicians and business leaders like to say that this is just a ‘technical problem with a technical solution’, and indeed it may be, since there are many existing technologies which have enabled humans to live in considerably more challenging climates that earths.
Spacecraft, aeroplanes, submarines – and even space stations where the earthly properties of gravity, water, light, air, food, power and communications are all supplied in the remote and hostile environment of space, from the ambient initial finite supplies of support materials.
By comparison, permanent lifestyle support systems on earth are relatively straightforward. We simply have to recycle everything for it to last indefinitely.
That is what is now referred to as a ‘circular economy’, which is what forward thinking businesses are indeed now trying establish, led by the Circular Economy Knowledge Transfer Group established by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation this year. It is also the path indicated by The economist and energy visionary Jeremy Rifkin in his proposed The Third Industrial Revolution’ to replace the age of fossil fuel which is drawing to a close, and urgently needs to be replaced with his version of circular economy, which the revolution in communications facilitates.
There is no time for hesitation however in the establishment of these sustainable developments. Every year of hesitation to act sees a further depletion in non-renewable resources and increasing global warming and climate disruption.
This is to be achieved through the harnessing of ambient resources of sun, gravity, water, ground, air and wind and tides in the maintenance of a sustainable circular economy The remaining fossil fuels need to be used for speeding the changeover and are far to precious to burn.
We have the technology, we need to base growth on it for a sustainable future.