Thomas L. Friedman: The Earth Is Full

Via the NYT:

You really do have to wonder whether a few years from now we’ll look back at the first decade of the 21st century — when food prices spiked, energy prices soared, world population surged, tornados plowed through cities, floods and droughts set records, populations were displaced and governments were threatened by the confluence of it all — and ask ourselves: What were we thinking? How did we not panic when the evidence was so obvious that we’d crossed some growth/climate/natural resource/population redlines all at once?

Comments

DeepBlue said…
My sentiment exactly. I've heard the same statements made in my early environmental activism in the 80's and It seems to me we haven't made one single step in the right direction!
I like the part where he quote "When you are surrounded by something so big that requires you to change everything about the way you think and see the world, then denial is the natural response. But the longer we wait, the bigger the response required."

That has been the problem of every civilization throughout history. Doesn't seem we have learn anything yet. I don't want to play Cassandra...
Thanks for the link. It inspired me a lot.
Hugs
Jon
becca said…
i'm not sure but we will at least say we survived it

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Writer said…
I think that's just it, Jon. We all need to play Cassandra, until those in power hear us. :)
Writer said…
becca, we may not.
DeepBlue said…
Remember what happened to Cassandra??? And Troy?
Believe me, those in power HAVE heard us!
I'm trying to find another strategy!
Haven't found it yet. Until then, I guess Cassandra will keep her job! :)
EMikeGarcia said…
We won't survive it. As a species we've proved time and time again how self-destructive we are in our quest for pleasure and satiation and the ignorant folk are the ones having the most children.
Writer said…
DeepBlue, I think the best strategy is Urban Farming. That way, when the end comes, those of us who know how to raise our own food can survive. =/
Writer said…
Mike, I think that's true, and I also think that's why climate change hasn't been taken as seriously. We've always seen it is a matter of saving the planet, but it's the species that is most at risk. As we've seen with tsunamis, earthquakes, and tornados, the planet is fine; though angry and trying to kick us out. =/
Kyle said…
Many of us have changed our lives, changed the way we interact with the world, and reshaped our existence. In the end there don't seem to be enough of us to change the destruction and what will come as a consequence. Even if we don't succeed, we have to keep trying until he end.
Writer said…
Kyle, I even find here in the country, my family has started to recycle. And granted a lot of it is recycling metal for money, but it is a start.

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