Today’s Topic: Can a collapse of global civilization be avoided? The short version: No. But fear not, this is not just another blog set up to bitch about things; this is a blog with an answer! The answer.
First, consider this: The science on human impact on the climate is in, and yes, it’s happening. And it’s kind of the tipping point that turns the natural climate change that the world undergoes into the Godzilla monster climate change that’s eating our future. Now it’s pretty much tabbed as the thing that will do us in, and it’s pretty much down to our habits of rabid consumerism.
Now, check this out: Every year we get bombarded with new books, cut from more trees, telling us that this is that last possible moment that we can turn things back through conservation. The authors travel the earth in business class selling autographed copies and fueling a cottage industry of sustainability products, most of which end up in the back of someone’s closet or in the cellar, a gentle, sad reminder of abandoned good intentions. None of it worked. The climate is still getting worse, and human impact is increasing.
It is, of course, easy to eventually reverse the human impact on climate change: do less, work less, produce and buy less, eat less, invest less, and, um… take more naps.
the Take More Naps approach this site advocates will not reverse human impact in climate in our lifetime. We’ll still see the temperatures rise, cities flooded, species disappear and other apocalyptic bric-abrac that comes attached to such massive change. This strategy, however, will lead to a moderately better climate a generation later. Better than that, it will be an optimal lifestyle fit for people living on an already hotter, more humid planet. It will also allow us to better save dwindling resources. The best thing is, you don’t need to buy anything for this approach to work. There are no special trainings, books, clothing, bins, or other accoutrement. That thing you were going to do to save the planet? Don’t do it (it likely involved trashing it to some lesser extent, anyway). Also, don’t do that other thing that was going to trash a bit of it, either (which you were going to do in some sort of self-justified reward after your good deed for Mother Earth). Turn everything off. Close your eyes. Do nothing.
More than 40 years on, predictions set out in MIT’s The Club of Rome’s report ‘The Limits of Growth” seem to be on schedule. Still today, on the one side we have people who deny anything is taking place that requires them to change their actions. On the other side, we have people who think we can continue our activities apace because some Technology X will emerge to save the day. These people, too, are denialists. All of them deny that they need to do anything different… anything less. All of them need a lay down. Don’t buy more books to make your case, and don’t engage in an internet debate the science, for cripes sake, no good comes from that. There’s no sustainable development as sustainable as no development. Take more naps: It’s something most of us like doing, most of us can afford, and essentially requires people not doing stuff, which is what the climate needs.