The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades

Our society and economy is primarily structured around the notion of limitless growth and endless, never ending expansion, be it in supersizing our cities, our business, our bank accounts or our insatiable desire for stuff.

For the last 100 years or so this has worked pretty well on the most part, quality of life was good our resources were somewhat plentiful and the future seemed bright, at least that’s what we were programmed to believe. Heck, have you ever heard a politician running for election not mention the words “growth” or “brighter future” at least a kazillion times, its right up there with kissing babies and making empty promises…I’ll save the rant for another post 🙂

For some bizarre reason no one believed that any of this could or would come to an abrupt end, big oil sure doesn’t believe it, our government and big business brushes off the notion, so why should we think otherwise. We couldn’t be more wrong.

Back in 1972 a small group of European industrialist’s and Scientists met in a small villa in Rome. Their group “The Club of Rome” proposed to examine interrelated global trends, with the help of a few MIT system analysts, they put together a book called “Limits of Growth” in their book they charted the exponential growth of emissions and the depletion of a variety resources , especially carbon based fuels.

What they found was that as capitol stocks grow it requires an enormous amount of resources to sustain the momentum, in the process large amounts of nonrenewable resources are depleted, more and more capitol must then be used to find and obtain more resources, leaving less money in the pot to invest in future growth. It’s a catch 22, so to say.

The group concluded 3 things:

1. If the present growth trends continue in world population, industrialization, pollution, food production and resource depletion continue, the limits of growth on this planet will be reached in less than 100 years.
2. It is possible to alter growth trends and establish a condition of economic and ecological stability with global equilibrium so that all peoples are given the same opportunities.
3. The sooner people strive for the second outcome the greater will be their chances of success.

Keep in mind this report came out before China came onto the industrial scene, so I suspect that 100 year time limit is now closer to 50. On a side note GM is now selling more cars in China than in the United States of America.

This kind of sums up our economic syllabus in a nut shell, “You grow too large, you run out of oil, the arctic melts”… These are symptoms of a world in overshoot, where we are drawing on the world’s resources faster than they can be restored, and we are releasing wastes and pollutants faster than the Earth can absorb them or render them harmless. They are leading us toward global environmental and economic collapse—but there may still be time to address these problems and soften their impact.

It’s going to take massive action and courage, big business, big oil and our leaders and we have to pony up and face this new reality. We are at the brink the precibus is now.

The question is. How much longer will we continue to deny it?

By: Master Tim Bell

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