Capitalism has generated massive wealth for some, but it’s devastated the planet and has failed to improve human well-being at scale.

• Species are going extinct at a rate 1,000 times faster than that of the natural rate over the previous 65 million years (see Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School).

• Since 2000, 6 million hectares of primary forest have been lost each year. That’s 14,826,322 acres, or just less than the entire state of West Virginia (see the 2010 assessment by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN).

• Even in the U.S., 15% of the population lives below the poverty line. For children under the age of 18, that number increases to 20% (see U.S. Census).

• The world’s population is expected to reach 10 billion by 2050 (see United Nations’ projections).

How do we expect to feed that many people while we exhaust the resources that remain?

Source: Unless It Changes, Capitalism Will Starve Humanity By 2050

7 thoughts on “Unless It Changes, Capitalism Will Starve Humanity By 2050

  1. Quote: “How do we expect to feed that many people while we exhaust the resources that remain?”
    “We” won’t be able to, it’s that simple. We already cannot, at least not under the current regimes. I think that many of us older people with the benefit of hindsight and having been exposed to history while young, can see the writing on the wall: “You have been weighed and found wanting. Your kingdom has been divided…” I don’t think it is fear mongering or even conspiracy theorism (did I just coin a word?) to project the downfall of civilization. Perhaps we need to become students of World Systems Theory as developed by Immanuel Wallerstein to get a better understanding of where we are and where we’re going as a species.

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  2. Oh but according to “some,” everything is just peachy-dandy and we don’t need to conserve or save anything. There’s plenty to go around, doncha’ know?

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