Problem: Countries Collapse
The current climate emergency is coming on stronger every year. Countries around the world face economic collapse in the coming years due to the rising costs of the effects of climate change (like flooding, fires, droughts) as well as costs of deterrent measures (like seawalls, shelters, and population migration). These costs will continue to rise exponentially, as the effects of climate change are rising exponentially. We MUST mitigate the issues in order to effect change!
From the book: A Revolutionary Solution
If we don't do something different, we face not only natural and economic devastation, but likely the complete extinction of humans in the near future. When will we see the first low-lying countries collapse from the climate emergency? How soon after the first two or three countries collapse will we see the start of a domino-effect of other countries in the world imploding? Will we see this in the next five to ten years? Twenty to thirty years? More? I believe twenty years is an overly optimistic projection. Based on a recent report by the United Nations,1 I am not alone in this thinking. Continuing down our current path will likely bring complete collapse to civilization as we know it. We will, in all likelihood, become a world of every person for themselves, a species in lawless abandon. We'll likely be at war with each other fighting for resources to survive, and there's likely to be wave after wave of pandemics as healthcare becomes almost nonexistent.
Continuing down our current path is not an option. Anyone who truly believes that we are fine with the current state of society is ignorant of our situation, delusional, gullible, or corrupt. No, we cannot continue with hope that someone else will figure it out for us. We all need to work hard, together, to heal our planet and save ourselves. I don't know how long the United States of America will endure, but, as long as it does, I believe it is likely one of the best forms of government currently in existence. We can do better.
I do not look forward to or advocate for the demise of any country in the world. Based on current trends, however, I believe governments, countries, and their monetary systems will start collapsing, possibly by 2030, if not sooner.2 As more and more countries face economic challenges from climate related weather events, infestations, disease, and migration, how many more years before even the richest and most secure nations succumb to catastrophic crises? Do any of us believe this future holds any silver linings? I see none. I do, however, see the chance to secure our future by knowing about these consequences and changing our path forward so we can deal with them.
A society which devolves through collapse of the very structures and framework which support itself is a society in turmoil and failure. With no government to manage basic needs, our food, water, shelter, and security become the individual's responsibility. Monetary collapse will drive panic, hoarding, and lots and lots of death.3 Humans killing humans could see the largest increase ever recorded in our history. Suicide will likely become anything but unusual.
This is not a future I can embrace. It is not a future I would wish upon any of my fellow humans. This is a future I hope will largely remain the stuff of fiction. Unfortunately, humanitarian crises continue throughout the world, including wars in Syria, Libya, Iraq and Yemen, and the crisis at the U.S. border with Mexico among others. The mass migrations coming will likely be due not to war but climate change. This will increase the likelihood of conflict and the possibility of more war as a result of climate change displacement.
I believe an alternative exists which is not only the appropriate logical solution, but at the same time can reverse the course of climate change, as well as address almost all of the societal problems facing humans and our fellow inhabitants on this planet. I understand if that sounds a bit utopian, but please hear me out.
As noted, stark lines of division are the root cause of defense buildup and wars. They typically come in the form of national boundaries (countries), but also appear as religious and other ideological divisions. The net result of wars is not the advancement of humanity, given the huge amounts of both human and natural resources consumed. With the collapse of civilization as we know it looming, perhaps we should take some time to evaluate the importance of these man-made constructs like money and countries. What could our lives be like without them? It is likely we won't have them for long.
Can you imagine a world with no countries and no monetary systems? Can you dream of a future without wars, famine, and inequality? Would your grandchildren be better off in an environment free of harmful pesticides, where antibiotics are no longer part of the food chain, and access to healthcare is a right of every human being?
- "Disasters: UN report shows climate change causing 'dramatic rise' in economic losses," United Nations, October 10, 2018, https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/10/1022722.
- Professor Jem Bendell BA (Hons) PhD, "Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy," LifeWorth, July 27, 2018, http://www.lifeworth.com/deepadaptation.pdf.
- David Wallace-Wells, "The Uninhabitable Earth: Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think," New York Magazine, July 10, 2017, http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2017/07/climate-change-earth-too-hot-for-humans.html.