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IN 2017 THE UNITED STATES ELIMINATED ITS ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY. MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS REIGNED FREE FROM REGULATION AND POLLUTED INDISCRIMINATELY. IN MERELY 28 MONTHS THE WORLD EXPERIENCED AN ENVIRONMENTAL AND HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHE OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS.

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THE FALLEN

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Everyone from regular politicians to pundits, from environmentalists to technophiles and transhumanists, avoids the biggest elephant in the futurist room, population growth.

There is no way to save our civilization and prevent the devouring of the natural world without a plan to stabilize our exponentially increasing numbers in this planet! Why is everyone so afraid of identifying such paramount issue? What is the reason for such denial?

I keep on reading futurist projections where they imagine the unimaginable in terms of trends and technologies but no one will address a planet soon to surpass beyond 9 billion people with an ever increasing (exponential) growth acceleration in the consumption of resources and the degradation of our life sustaining system.

Here is a great example of such projections. Future

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If you leave in Southeast Michigan and you are interested in Climate Change, I encourage you to check out my new meet up.Tepid

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“…if there is any testament to the plasticity of the human mind, if there is any proof of how malleable human thought is and how easily conditioned and guided people can become based on the nature of their environmental stimulus and what it reinforces, the world of COMMERCIAL ADVERTISING IS THE PROOF.”

This chilling quote is from the documentary, ‘Zeitgeist: Moving Forward’. Dare to watch it and it may help you wake up and unplug from the mental programming all of us are subjected to.

Whatever little time you spend unplugged realizing the actual reality of society and the planet, it will be worth every second. It will most likely make you unplug again and ultimately empower you to find true freedom from the socio-economic system, from the programming which provides the meaning of life to every consumer and in the process, literally devours our life-sustaining system.

If you have had the courage and intellectual stamina to watch the whole film, I have something to share with you. As brilliant and comprehensive the analysis this film does on modern civilization and the natural environment that supports it is, I am not naïve enough to believe the suggested resource based solution alone will make civilization sustainable.

The big elephant in the room is human psychology. This documentary puts all its faith on a premise that history has proven wrong, that science will bring integrity to human actions and decisions just because the scientific method is objective, rational and prejudice free. Just because science is inherently honest does not guarantee the use of it will be so.

There are myriads of examples of so-called sustainable technologies that are used both with a beneficial and a detrimental environmental impact. The best modern-day example is renewable energy which has been an overall success in Germany.

The fact is that when you promote sustainability within the very industrial paradigm that you are trying to correct, you will miserably fail because you will be subject to the same unsustainable core believes and behaviors created by this incumbent monetary and market system.

Science must be infused not just with ethics and values but with a true sustainability consciousness, if we want to make sure it will have a positive net impact. Beyond universal morals and prioritization of life we need a complex systemic mindset to effectively understand reality. It is not technology but us humans, each of us individually and collectively that will kill or save our civilization and the environment that keep us alive.

Science and technology are just tools. If we lack the critical mass of consciousness, there is no technology smart enough and resources plentiful enough that will let us reach sustainability on Earth.

So the underlying question is what will bring such level of human psychological maturity, development and self-realization. The course of history has shown us we have achieved impressive material progress but we have made little if any progress at all when it comes to consciousness. We can be as emotional, aggressive and destructive as 200,000 or 2,000 years ago. The Israel-Palestine unresolved conflict illustrates such condition.

Humans just like the rest of our sister life forms seem to gain consciousness and evolve when challenged enough by their environment. Biological evolution beautifully shows this scientific fact. It then makes me hopeful when I realize the phenomenal global challenges we face today have the power to shift the very consciousness that drives our perception of reality, values and behaviors which ultimately make our terrestrial existence sustainable or not.

The global crisis offers the potential to raise the critical mass of consciousness required to live in harmony with each other and nature. However the chaos we will be subjected to will make it difficult to have a smooth global transition to the desired paradigm. If this new order results from the developing crisis, it will emerge fragmented in an ocean of environmental, economic and social disruptions as the lingering order based on the global market and monetary system breaks down.

Anticipating such scenario the best strategy I have so far is in the short-term to empower communities around the world to become self-reliant. In the medium to long-term I believe we need to implement ways to re-educate us in a new life-centered and life-honoring human existence in this planet.  We must embrace such paradigm if we ever dream of re-establishing our species in the planetary ecosystem and become truly and permanently sustainable. The foundations of such education are already here under the general umbrella of deep ecology.

Elysium

In the film Elysium the super rich live in an exclusive space station that orbits the over-crowded earth.

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In response to Guernica’s article God’s Creation Is Running a Fever, being a non-believer does not prevent me from having the highest respect for someone as devoted as Katherine Hayhoe. I would however be placing as much emphasis on climate change adaptation as on mitigation. I understand mitigation may prevent a further destabilization of the planetary cycles but at the same time even if we stopped all our emissions and metabolic activity tomorrow – something virtually impossible, we would still experience Climate Change.

Now we need to adapt to the new conditions of a change in the planetary ecosystem as it finds a new equilibrium after its anthropogenic disruption. If we just wait for society to act on emissions, we are going to loose our opportunity window to prepare for the growing global disturbances we are already experiencing.

Climate change is already here. We cannot afford to spend precious time debating “democratically” with the skeptics. If we do so, we will give into their stalling tactic and lose our opportunity to save considerable life and resources.

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Temperature data from four international science institutions. Source: NASA.

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We need to take responsibility for our actions. We must gather unprecedented courage and integrity to question what has become unquestionable, untouchable and sacred to us: our ‘way of life’. Thank you Jenni for such moving images. Hopefully we still have a little bit of humanity left, just enough to react.

Unload and Unwind

I came across this video clip on Viral Protest for Australia’s Environment and simply couldn’t believe what I saw.  The images here show just what impact humanity has on this planet, even when we are not even there.  This is Midway Island and it has no human occupants, the majority of the wildlife is made up of birds and yet we’re managing to kill them with our careless disregard for the world in which we live and all the other species we share it with.

Please share this with others as it is the one of the most damming pieces of evidence against those who would claim that we are not doing any significant damage to the environment – I’d love to see them explain this. You never really think about what people just carelessly toss off a bridge, a bottle cap or empty wrapper, ever wondered where it went…

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