This 2 minute video sets out the fundamental problem of ensuring a sustainable future in the Anthropocene Epoch. It is, of course, a gross binary-choice generalisation of a matter of great complexity but it sets out states what is so often avoided – that the drive for wealth that underpins capital accumulation has had devastating consequences for the natural world and the systems of the geosphere that support life on planet earth.
Much of this capital has been used to release fossil fuel that was locked for millions of years in the lithosphere. This cheap energy has allowed technological civilisation to flourish and overshoot the capacity of the planet to support it. Two remarkably important and brilliant presentations illustrate the effects of this maladaptive consequence of capital accumulation:
Johan Rockstrom – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9ETiSaxyfk Beyond the Anthropocene (21 minutes) – presentation at the Davos World Economic Forum in Jan 2017 offers hope of exponential decrease in CO2 emissions to zero by 2050 + pace of exponential acceleration
Nate Hagens – https://un-denial.com/2018/01/27/by-nate-hagens-energy-money-and-technology-from-the-lens-of-the-superorganism/ (80 minutes) – a comprehensive ‘big picture’ presentation of exponential human impact on the planet fueled by a 200-year long temporary blip in available cheap fossil energy
Here is a favourite blogger’s take on the short video with which I started the above blog entry.