The Greenjacker would be more than happy to see civilisation fail, but the unfortunate truth is that it is those who are already abandoned by late stage capitalism (the poor, the displaced and the vulnerable – the kind of people the Tories and the Daily Mail like to kick when they’re down) who will suffer the most as the rich continue to consolidate wealth and governments continue to become steadily more fascistic in the face of global economic and ecological instability. This isn’t the obscure viewpoint of a left-leaning radical ecologist (guilty on all counts), it’s the findings of arguably one of the shining lights of Western (and indeed, Global…) Civilisation, the one and only NASA 😉 …
The Guardian article is an essential read, but to put things briefly for anyone lacking the time to take a look at it (and for lazy bastards) it summarises the findings of a NASA research project – based on the new cross-disciplinary ‘HANDY’ (Human And Nature DYnamical) model – which has recently concluded that:
“Collapse can be avoided and population can reach equilibrium if the per capita rate of depletion of nature is reduced to a sustainable level, and if resources are distributed in a reasonably equitable fashion.”
In other words only an equitable and ecocentric world model can stop the shit hitting the fan. Given that the super-rich are in the driving seat – and that the global middle class are bending over backwards to appease the banks, big business and the dirty energy companies with their faux green solutions – things are not likely to change on their own.
Only a radical and immediate change in the current economic model can save us from the brink of a long and painful decent into climate chaos and resource depletion (water, food, energy, etc.) triggered warfare. Only a pro-active movement of class-conscious, ecologically-aware groups and individuals can make that change. It is, to be blunt, high time the world witnessed a militant green offensive. And their rallying cry must be EQUALITY & ECOLOGY!