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Media Type: News / Op - Ed
Date of Publication: April 26, 2018
Year of Publication: 2018
Publication City: London, UK
Publisher: Guardian News and Media Limited
Author(s): Partick Barkham
Newspaper: The Guardian
The 86-year-old social scientist says accepting the impending end of most life on Earth might be the very thing needed to help us prolong it
Patrick Barkham discusses the forecast for our future with social scientist. Mayer Hillman:
“We’ve got to stop burning fossil fuels. So many aspects of life depend on fossil fuels, except for music and love and education and happiness. These things, which hardly use fossil fuels, are what we must focus on.”
Hillman explains how runaway climate change has us locked in to serious consequences and expresses doubt that anything short of collapse of civilization will be successful in changing the trajectory we are on.
…says Hillman, the world’s population must globally move to zero emissions across agriculture, air travel, shipping, heating homes – every aspect of our economy – and reduce our human population too. Can it be done without a collapse of civilisation? “I don’t think so,” says Hillman. “Can you see everyone in a democracy volunteering to give up flying? Can you see the majority of the population becoming vegan? Can you see the majority agreeing to restrict the size of their families?”
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