“When you are surrounded by something so big that requires you to change everything about the way you think and see the world, then denial is the natural response. We are heading for a crisis-driven choice. We either allow collapse to overtake us or develop a new sustainable economic model. We will choose the latter. We may be slow, but we’re not stupid.” Paul Gilding
…For the first time in the history of the human species, we have clearly developed the capacity to destroy ourselves… The question is: What are people doing about it? …It’s not because the population doesn’t want it…It’s institutional structures that block change. Business interests don’t want it and they’re overwhelmingly powerful in determining policy, so you get a big gap between opinion and policy on lots of issues, including this one…It’s not that there are no alternatives. The alternatives just aren’t being taken. That’s dangerous. So if you ask what the world is going to look like, it’s not a pretty picture. Unless people do something about it. We always can. Humanity Imperiled — The Path to Disaster by Noam Chomsky, Huffington Post, June 4, 2013
“The most remarkable feature of this historical moment on Earth is not that we are on the way to destroying the world — we’ve actually been on the way for quite a while. It is that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia-long sleep, to a whole new relationship to our world, to ourselves and each other.” Joanna Macy, Eco-philosopher
** A Turning-Point We Miss at Our Peril by Johann Hari, The Independent/UK, May 26, 2011 – …Sometimes, there are hinge-points in human history – moments when we have to choose between an exuberant descent into lunacy, and a still, sober voice offering us a sane way out. Usually, we can only see them when we look back from a distance.
** The Earth Is Full by Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times, June 7, 2011 – You really do have to wonder whether a few years from now we’ll look back at the first decade of the 21st century…and ask ourselves: What were we thinking? How did we not panic when the evidence was so obvious that we’d crossed some growth/climate/natural resource/population redlines all at once?
“The only answer can be denial,” argues Paul Gilding… “When you are surrounded by something so big that requires you to change everything about the way you think and see the world, then denial is the natural response. But the longer we wait, the bigger the response required.”
…we are currently growing at a rate that is using up the Earth’s resources far faster than they can be sustainably replenished, so we are eating into the future. Right now, global growth is using about 1.5 Earths….That is what happens when one generation in one country lives at 150 percent of sustainable capacity….
…We will realize, he predicts, that the consumer-driven growth model is broken and we have to move to a more happiness-driven growth model, based on people working less and owning less. “…
“We are heading for a crisis-driven choice,” he says. “We either allow collapse to overtake us or develop a new sustainable economic model. We will choose the latter. We may be slow, but we’re not stupid.”
** A Warmer World and Weather Gone Wild: The Most Important Story of Our Lives by Bill McKibben, TomDispatch.com, May 3, 2012
** ‘Over-Consumption’ Threatening Earth by Common Dreams staff, May 15, 2012
** U.S. Inches Toward Goal of Energy Independence By Clifford Kraus and Erick Lipton, New York Times, March 22, 2012
** ‘Perpetual Growth Myth’ Leading World to Meltdown by Common Dreams staff, Common Dreams, February 20, 2012
** The truth about global warming – editorial, Washington Post, August 2, 2010
Healing or Stealing? Commencement Address by Paul Hawken
A Long Hot Summer by Bill McKibben, Common Dreams, July 19, 2012
The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic by Richard A. Muller
It’s Time to Fight the Status Quo by Bill McKibben, Solutions Time For Outrage On Behalf of the Planet, June 7, 2012