By Robert A. Vella
It is with a heavy heart that I write this post. No one wants to hear it. No one wants to give up hope, including myself. Everyone knows the situation is bad, but most are in denial about just how bad it really is. If shooting the messenger is the right thing to do, then I offer myself as target. But, this message is too important to be marginalized; and, I am compelled to convey it.
One of the problems surrounding discussions about the state of the world today is that there are two separate and distinct debates going on. One is taking place in the public sphere, largely sanitized by the corporate news media and by duty-bound professionals wary of alarming the populace. The other is taking place behind the closed doors of our various social institutions; and, although the language used is couched in opaque terminologies, the substance of the debate couldn’t be more frighteningly candid.
In recent years, some professional and amateur researchers (including myself, see: A statistical projection of Population Decline in the 21st Century due to Climate Change) have attempted to quantify the forecasted confluence of overpopulation, climate change, political and economic dysfunction, and social upheaval. Unfortunately, these modern academic studies have been negatively associated with numerous mythical and poorly-conceived doomsday scenarios some of which are as old as human civilization itself. However, when evaluated singularly and with objective adherence to the science, their logical conclusions are mostly inescapable.
One such academic presentation was broadcast over the weekend on C-SPAN (a 1 hour, 15 minute video) titled, Climate Change and the U.S. Economy – Authors and academics involved in talked about the influence of climate change on the U.S. workforce. They compared the effects of climate change on the current workplace economy to the 1930’s Dust Bowl and Great Depression. While the content was presented technically, rationally, and without sensational embellishment, descriptions of depopulation, revolution, war, and other catastrophic events kept repeating over and over again. Two of the researchers disagreed somewhat on how this dystopian future could be managed. One said that government knows how to deal effectively with the advent of depopulation; although, she did not elaborate. The other said that violent revolution on a mass scale is now unavoidable at some point in this century.
If you have the courage to watch it, do so objectively and leave your subjective intuitions behind.