Continuing on from the last post, The Great Disruption by Paul Gilding, the author examines what will cause an abrupt rather than slow end to global economic growth. Through our denial of the fact that we are using more resources than the earth is capable of sustaining, we will continue to fight the inevitable.
This will result in a sudden drop in available resources, much like suddenly having no money left in the bank and no assets to borrow against. He looks at the effect on the environment from greenhouse gas emissions, stating that if we were able to stop all emissions tomorrow the temperatures would stop rising almost immediately.
So the obvious question is, why don’t we? Why don’t we stop all emissions that will cause worldwide temperature shifts that sends us into drought and food shortages? Why don’t we examine our throw away lifestyle and use of polluting and finite energy sources?
Using the unique footprint calculator I worked out as an Australian, I consume enough energy and resources to require 2.8 planet earths. So if everyone lived the way I do then we would be almost double the present global over-consumption of 1.5 earths. Which is still .5 more than what we have!
All this news is extremely depressing, but Gilding offers a way forward, which I’m about to read. Part 3 coming soon…meanwhile here is Gilding’s opening talk at Ted 2012: