As Society Unravels, the Future Is Up for Grabs

| September 18, 2019 | Leave a Comment

Patterns of Meaning| Jeremey Lent's

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As civilization faces an existential crisis, our leaders demonstrate their inability to respond. Theory of change shows that now is the time for radically new ideas to transform society before it’s too late.


Of all the terrifying news bombarding us from the burning of the Amazon, perhaps the most disturbing was the offer of $22 million made by France’s President Emmanuel Macron and other G7 leaders to help Brazil put the fires out. Why is that? The answer can help to hone in on the true structural changes needed to avert civilizational collapse.

Scientists have publicly warned that, at the current rate of deforestation, the Amazon is getting dangerously close to a die-back scenario, after which it will be gone forever, turned into sparse savanna. Quite apart from the fact that this would be the greatest human-made ecological catastrophe in history, it would also further accelerate a climate cataclysm, as one of the world’s great carbon sinks would convert overnight to a major carbon emitter, with reinforcing feedback effects causing even more extreme global heating, ultimately threatening the continued existence of our current civilization.

Read Jeremy’s complete blog post here. 

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  • Greeley Miklashek

    Apparently, this author is not aware that much larger fires are burning in Central Africa and Indonesia (not sure of the size here, but Africa’s is 10X larger than that in the Amazon). What, exactly, is “existential” about our “environmental crisis”? Jeremy’s article does not even mention the true existential crisis of humanity and the biosphere: TOO MANY HUMANS using too many natural resources and producing too much pollution. What is actually documented in the e-library on this website as a threat to our very existence today is population density stress, known to be the cause of all of our killing “diseases of civilization”. Don’t believe it?

    Download and read “Stress R Us”. You may finally understand all of your increasing health problems. 55% of American adults have at least one chronic medical condition, and 80% of us over 50. 1/7 men develop prostate cancer and about the same proportion of women develop breast cancer. We are sick and getting sicker. Why? Read “Stress R Us”.