Be the change

empowered

This generation of people is unprecedented in having vast, scientific predictive power about societal behavior, economic patterns, fate of past civilizations and ecosystem expenditure.

Moreover, each literate, minimally curious person today has a historically unparalleled access to world-class knowledge.

That offers a unique opportunity and responsibility.

no nanny state

Remaining blissfully uninformed or assuming the culture today is so advanced that some “super humans up there” in the corridors of nanny state are “taking care of things” is imprudent.

It is likely that many of the elected officials are oblivious to the forces that drive the current progress and the environmental predicament.

Furthermore, they lack incentives to act without demand from their constituents.

To provide legitimacy to the governments to foster adequate planning requires consensus and support from a meaningful enough portion of the society.

engage others

The individual knowledge any interested person can acquire can translate into better prepared families and communities. That step is crucial because common understanding and collaborative effort are not only a political requirement but also a plain biological need: people and societies co-depend on each other for survival and people either thrive or struggle as a group.

each country for itself

Given the rather daunting nature of the challenges in question, especially fortunate are the relatively small, sophisticated, civil societies characterized by high social trust – like Switzerland. It appears that the potential for meaningful preparation lies primarily in such countries, although it is not as straightforward as it may appear.

timing

The undertaking requires competent communication. Even though the energy source limits and biophysical constraints are real, and not subject to political negotiation, facts alone don’t matter as they confront a strong system of beliefs and emotional commitment in unabated progress is so pervasive in the societies today. Any frank appraisal is thus likely to be rejected by many for some time still.

That is most likely to change only when the real-life events begin to catch up and in meaningful ways impact livelihoods of people.

There in lies the risk that the wealthy societies will be the last to be impacted by the world events and thus less likely to make advance preparations for adaptation and mitigation at national or community level. This however may be possible to overcome with more consorted, conscious effort of which – after all – is more feasible at a time of plenty than at a time of stress.

It is thus prudent to make – however rudimentary – plans in advance in the hope that they are available for whoever desires to reach out to viable options once the politically impossible becomes politically inevitable.

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Some thoughts about the role of industry

The Times interview with a CEO illustrates how the Industry takes on the role of “fight nature”

Video: example of Industry attempts to Work on the public opinion – a panel on Atrazine, a very dangerous chemical

RSA Animate - The Truth About Dishonesty

Pesticide Testing in Meat 1964 USDA

Report by Generations Futures about how Pesticide regulators ignore the legal obligation to use independent science for deriving safe exposure levels

Some thoughts about the role of government

Video from senate hearings which shows how the US government has no clue and is guided by the industry.

Some thoughts on the precautionary principle.