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A very inspiring message and example of how we must learn to take advantage of the shifts we are experiencing today and turn them into opportunities to advance sustainability and resilience. I am proud we were just discussing this hot topic and strategy at the AMPY monthly meeting on Monday.

Adaptability, out of the box thinking and positive opportunism are becoming indispensable skills to survive and thrive in our exponentially shifting world.

Let’s replace dooms-day consciousness with creative emergence consciousness. No matter our intellect, the world will continue to be shaped by our most inner experiences. Never before have crisis and opportunity been so intimately close. I must admit they are becoming my favorite and most fertile couple.

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Before human beings are capable of correcting the dysfunctionality and the damages of the unsustainable socio-technical environment we have developed, we need to see the reality we have created in all its ugliness. However we must not stop there. Our efforts, discomfort and sacrifice unveiling the truth would futile if we do not move beyond that point. We must be as passionate and creative about generating solutions as we have been denouncing the problems. We must reach a balance between both roles if we wanna make it.

Ocean cleaup array able to remove 7,250,000 Tons of plastic from the sea. Source: Boyanslat.com)

Ocean cleaup array able to remove 7,250,000 Tons of plastic from the sea. Source: Boyanslat.com

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This post is about a recent scientific paper evaluating through a mathematical model the potential for collapse of human societies inferring our current risk, based on just two unsustainable dynamics in our modern economy, economic stratification or degree of inequality and ecological strain from resource depletion. The model has been validated recreating the failures of past civilizations which like ours enjoyed a relative high degree of sophistication.

Many people who have faith in the future a magic technological bullets will save us from these and other global threats but the truth of the matter is that it is only an illusion. No amount of technological prowess can keep us alive separated from or at odds with our life-sustaining system.

Our current and present risk for the demise of our civilization is no longer an alarmist tale or even an opinion. We have a quantifiable scientific probability.  That is called data. I challenge any PhD supporting the current unsustainable establishment to discredit this and other scientific studies which realistically dare to quantify the risks inherent to our ravenous devouring of natural and human resources driven by our insane debt based capitalism.

Enjoy this enlightening paper and do not let the societal manipulation of media and people make you believe you are cannot rationally and effectively evaluate the risks of our present global economic system.


Source: Another World is Posssible…

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Propagate Skyscraper converts harmful greenhouse gases into usable building materials!

Building sucking pollution

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Enjoy the view!

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Many of us know a number of the ways in which we can reduce our environmental footprint or increase our environmental stewardship. Nowadays we have at our disposal primarily through the internet a barrage of information on this topic made available by environmental organizations, schools, government agencies, businesses and media.

There is no lack of information regarding environmental actions as well as the environmental consequences of our modern life style. However it can easily become overwhelming and even frustrating when we realize that almost every activity we perform in our daily life has an environmental impact. And quite often reducing one an environmental impact is at the expense of increasing another impact.

For example you can (1) chose to buy an electric vehicle or you can choose to (2) keep your current gasoline vehicle but work from home. Now which choice reduces your environmental impact more? It was be difficult to answer such questions but not anymore. In the sea of information available to us there are scientific tools that can help us make sense of all these environmental actions and how they are interconnected. These tools have been designed for common people to easily calculate the impact of the choices we have within our reach to minimize our environmental degradation or maximize our environmental contribution. And let us not forget the environment despite how separated may feel from us, is ultimately our life-sustaining system.

The Cool Climate Carbon Footprint Calculator is one of the best examples I have found to manage your carbon emissions which are one of the most critical pollutants today as they are directly responsible for Global Warming or if you prefer, Climate Change. I encourage using it. It is fun. It will resolve many if not all of your environmental action dilemmas, and it will give you precious skills on managing your carbon emissions. Enjoy!


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