after the last meeting i
realised just how difficult it is to get the message of sustainability across
and how poor a job people like myself do in trying to transmit that information.
the vast majority of people do
not understand how potentially disastrous the situation is. just because one's
life experience has been good so far does not mean that things will be wonderful
in future. just because societies have weathered small disruptions before does
not mean we can cope with the future crises.
in fact, many societies have collapsed before, but
the people from those failed societies are not around to offer their
cautionary advice, being long dead.
we may be living on a
beachfront and may argue that because we have survived 6 foot high wave surges
before, we will cope in the future with no problem. sure, a few people
died previously, but the rest of us coped and that is how most
people imagine the future will be. little do you know that just beyond
the horizon there is a 1000 foot high tsunami on the way, travelling
towards us at the speed of a 747, the likes of which we have
never seen before. the scientists can see this tsunami with their long
range telescopes but everyone else is in a state of stubborn
this metaphorical tsunami
represents the triple threats of climate change, petroleum depletion and
overpopulation. only if you look at the facts and evidence can you really
is there a way we can survive a
1000 foot tsunami? yes, but we have to run like hell for the high ground and we
have to run now and we all have to do it together. there are some who may
argue that the tsunami cannot exist because they cannot imagine it to exist.
However they have no understanding of the scientific facts or the evidence. this
is not a sensible or reasoned argument.
here are some books which are necessary reading
before one can make any reasoned comment on the state of the world:
A short history of progress by Ronald Wright,
archeologist and author (easiest and shortest to read if you have little
Collapse by Jared Diamond (professor at UCLA and
pulitzer prize winner)
The future of life by EO Wilson (distinguished
Powerdown by Richard Heinberg, ecologist (video
interview on a CD i gave you previously)
We are the Weathermakers by Tim Flannery
there will be a documentary on crude oil soon on i
think ABC TV which will be essential viewing.