There’s No Tomorrow

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Professor Albert Bartlett

“The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.”

“Can you think of any problem in any area of human endeavor on any scale, from microscopic to global, whose long-term solution is in any demonstrable way aided, assisted, or advanced by further increases in population, locally, nationally, or globally?”

There’s no tomorrow

It’s not just climate change that we’re on a collision course with, we’re in conflict with basic arithmetic, specifically the exponential function. Although Thomas Malthus’ timing was off, he got it right, and mathematics will win in the end. The 32 minute video above explains why.

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How did we get into this mess?

We have an economic system based upon ever-increasing interest bearing debt and its built-in requirement for continual growth. That growth is fuelled mainly by burning stuff. We need to understand why continual growth on a finite planet is not only undesirable, It’s flat-out impossible.

The best man to explain that is Professor Albert Bartlett with “The Most Important Video You’ll Ever See.”

Climate change is simple

This is important, really important

Change our ways today and our grandchildren will face an increasingly difficult future.

Continue business as usual and they will face Apocalypse.

The ongoing financial crisis is a serious problem which has cost millions of people their jobs and their homes, but eventually it will end. Maybe badly, maybe very badly. We’ll be poorer but we’ll get over it.
On the other hand, we can’t so easily thumb our noses at the laws of physics. The ever more dire probable outcome of our failure to control growth and to stem climate changing fossil fuel burning has reached the frightening stage. It will end badly. There is a significant possibility that it could end our civilization. It is almost certain that within decades it will radically alter the way we live, especially in the richer nations of the world.

Climate change: prepare for the worst, hope for sanity to prevail

David Roberts from Grist puts it in perspective:

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Why did this happen?

How we got to this sorry state

There’s no tomorrow

One pissed off bear

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lies, damn lies, and statistics

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