NASA: Industrial Civilisation Headed For ‘Irreversible Collapse’ reports Nafeez Ahmed at the UK Guardian. HOAX ALERT!! NASA DID NOT SPONSOR OR AUTHOR THIS — although many writers were “taken in” by this. Nonetheless, THIS IDEA IS PLAUSIBLE. Global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.
It’s possible that the shadow author of this paper read Joseph Tainter’s The Collapse of Complex Societies (1988), available here, in which he builds a very solid argument, with historical examples, that complex societies are particularly susceptible to collapse. This makes the drive towards social and resource sustainability that much more urgent. Part of the solution is bringing our populations to sustainable levels — by supplying every woman on Earth with the materials and rights to control their reproduction, which would cost about as much as one year of the Iraq war cost the US.
Perhaps the author wanted us all to focus on this very real threat.
Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 . This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is this year!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.
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