- 95% of soil is dead.
- Humanity is addicted to easy energy: oil, natural gas, coal. Alternatives offer a faint hope, but are nowhere near replacing current carbon-producing and polluting traditional sources of energy.
- Oil production is getting increasingly harder to extract.
- Other natural resources are running out.
- Most resources aren't infinitely recyclable. In other words once they're gone, they're gone.
- Under a 3.5 degrees increase by 2100, Miami and New York are gone by 2050.
- Crop failures and mass famine are inevitable in the decades to come.
So why is the collapse of human civilization unavoidable?Because humanity is barely acknowledging the scale of the issue. We continue to feed and maintain the very system that is killing us.
Even as awareness increases, collectively, humanity isn't willing to make the necessary changes across the board.
While helpful, bottom-up grassroots change (e.g. eating less meat, recycling, driving less) will have minimal impact.
Only dramatic top-down (think authoritarian), forced action will actually create real change. But the problem is the general population (which can't afford to cope with the economic impacts of change) would either revolt or - if democracy remains - vote out policy-makers who generate the necessary pain to stave off runaway climate change.
Making climate action politically palatable by minimizing negative economic impacts is truly the challenge for our lifetimes.