The “Shelter in Place” directives that the entire world has now experienced as a result of the impact of COVID-19 make it clear that as a human community we all now need urgently to direct our efforts to design and implement a transition to a just, solar-sustainable future.
This will require a rapid transformation of deeply-held beliefs and a substantial change in our habitual behaviors that are deeply embedded in the unsustainable trajectories of industrial society. In reality, industrial societies have all become dependent upon non-renewable fossil fuels. Moreover, current corporate business strategies are committed to the continuous expansion of human consumption and the ineluctable degradation of natural ecosystems across the globe.
If these patterns are not reversed soon – that is, if the logic of economic behavior cannot be subordinated to the realities of ecological sustainability — our contemporary civilization will collapse in the near future as civilizations have repeatedly done in the past.
See related discussions:
- T.C. Weiskel – Statements from the United Nations + Critique of Growth Economics
- Record Corporate Growth & Global System Collapse: Privatizing the Benefits and Externalizing the Costs of the World’s Carbon Addiction
- Knowledge, Belief and Behavior: The Return of Fundamentalist Narratives in Times of Chaos & Despair
- Planning for a Sustainable Future on a Finite Planet: Where Can We Turn to Learn in the Midst of Abrupt Change? – Part 2 | EV & N – #333 | CCTV
- Planning for a Sustainable Future on a Finite Planet: Where Can We Turn to Learn in the Midst of Abrupt Change? – Part 1 | EV & N – #330 | CCTV
- Overcoming the Multiple Legacies of European Colonialism: Can The West Survive Its Most Cherished Historical Myths? – Part 1 & 2 | EV & N – 324 & 325| CCTV
- The Man With A Plan… (…and his enduring challenge to Rhodes Scholars and world leaders today)
- “Fighting the World’s Fight” – Rhodes Scholars in Oxford and Beyond
- Transcending the Institutions We Inherit and Create: Climate Change and System Change in the Anthropocene
- The Rise and Coming Demise of “Free-Market” Fundamentalism – Viewpoints from Balliol College Over Time
- “Rubbish and Racism: Problems of Boundary in an Ecosystem”
- “…Just take the case of agriculture…”