OUR PLANET CRIES OUT! WILL WE ACT NOW?
The following article excerpt (italics and bold are by me) is not easy to read, but I believe it tells the truth. Because I care deeply about my children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren and, in fact, about all of the earth’s inhabitants (humans, plants and animals), I feel compelled to continue speaking unpopular truth as I understand it. A deacon’s role is to build bridges and to advocate for those without a voice and that is what I must do!
We taught in Bangalore, India for six weeks during the time of the Kyoto Climate Summit (you may remember, the U.S. did not participate) in the spring of 2007. There was a two inch high, bold, black headline in the Bangalore newspaper that said; “EIGHT YEARS TO SAVE THE PLANET.” Already, deforestation, water shortages and other abnormal weather patterns and events were causing serious disruption in that highly populated country.
The blatant reality is that the poor around the world are already paying a hugh price for our impending social collapse. How can we continue to tolerate CEO salaries in the United States that are 425 times higher than the average employee in their company? How can we as citizens of the richest and most developed nation in the world (or so we are told) accept an infant mortality rate that ranks us in 34th place (UN Population Division: 2005-2010) among the world’s nations? How can we continue to compromise our water and air quality by refusing to deal responsibly with fracking, and with drilling and transporting fossil fuels? How can we continue to invest so little in rail transportation when we know that is the most ecologically responsible way to transport goods and people? How can we tolerate !% of our population increasing its income by 400% between 1979 and 2005 while the income for the middle of the income distribution rose only 21% (according toPaul Krugman in a New York Times op–ed which cites a 2005 Congressional Budget Office report.)?
I could go on, but you get the picture. The collapse of institutions and cultures is not pretty. I believe, along with many scientists, economists and other thoughtful folks, that this perhaps immanent (and I don’t know how many decades this may take, but If we don’t take drastic action, I do not believe it will be centuries away) collapse of civilization is fast approaching. Please, read this article:
NASA Study Concludes When Civilization Will End, And It’s Not Looking Good for Us
The report, written by applied mathematician Safa Motesharrei of the National Socio–Environmental Synthesis Center along with a team of natural and social scientists, explains that modern civilization is doomed. And there’s not just one particular group to blame, but the entire fundamental structure and nature of our society. [To learn more about the NS-ESC go to: http://www.sesync.org/about]
Analyzing five risk factors for societal collapse (population, climate, water, agriculture and energy), the report says that the sudden downfall of complicated societal structures can follow when these factors converge to form two important criteria. Motesharrei’s report says that all societal collapses over the past 5,000 years have involved both “the stretching of resources due to the strain placed on the ecological carrying capacity” and “the economic stratification of society into Elites [rich] and Masses (or “Commoners”) [poor].” This “Elite” population restricts the flow of resources accessible to the “Masses”, accumulating a surplus for themselves that is high enough to strain natural resources. Eventually this situation will inevitably result in the destruction of society.
Elite power, the report suggests, will buffer “detrimental effects of the environmental collapse until much later than the Commoners,” allowing the privileged to “continue ‘business as usual’ despite the impending catastrophe.”