Civilization, Extinction Crisis, Sustainability

Progress or Apocalypse?

In the last 400 years, all evidence suggests that human knowledge and technological skill have increased more rapidly than in all of the approximately one million prior years of human existence. Over the same few centuries, the health of all biological communities has been in an ever-accelerating decline. This is no coincidence, for every facet of human “progress” has direct…

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Civilization, Extinction Crisis, Sustainability

Facts to Ponder

Over the years, I have occasionally retained some facts that reflect the magnitude of damage to the living world by this modern way of living. The facts below are a little old at this point, but still relevant today. From The Hydrogen Economy by Jeremy Rifkin: • Every day, an average city of 1 million people requires over 4 million…

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Civilization, Transition

Moral Dilemma

Those folks I know who think we go too far usually have firm beliefs that some of the industrialized comforts we all enjoy can be created in a truly sustainable fashion. Often, solar or wind power are named as sustainable because the sources are. But the industrial products that are needed to harness that power require an extensive network of…

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Civilization

Critique of Civilization

“Biological evolution moves toward greater complexity, diversity, and abundance of life. What determines “fitness” to survive is how well a creature fits with the whole, how well it maintains the ecosystem on which its survival depends. Civilization moves in the opposite direction, toward uniformity and deadness, replacing all human cultures with one, replacing all habitats with monoculture farms and pavement.…

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Civilization, Extinction Crisis

“Progress” is Worse Than Mega-Drought

The effects of 150 years of normal activities of the civilized on the Sacramento Valley are worse than the effects of two mega-droughts totaling about 400 years out of a 450-year period. Put another way, the biological communities of this region today are far less resilient than they were after nearly five centuries of climatic shifts toward more aridity. Said…

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