KeithBC wrote:In the words of my neighbour, "We're f****d."
WWF just released their "Living Planet Report" which indicates we are indeed going downhill.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/15/world ... index.html
"The report is clear that we're still going downhill, that our ecological footprint, the pressure we put on the earth's resources, continues to rise so we're now using 50% more resources that the earth can replenish and biodiversity continues to decline," said Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International.
Nevertheless look into the economy section of a lot media outlets and what we should be avoiding is what is actually being done. China devouring more and more coal to grow its economy. Indonesia hacking down its forests. The Alberta tar sands being developed with little opposition. Consumer spending and consumption being encouraged to kick start economies.
The whole system is setup so that if we did what needed to be done we'd fail economically. If we do what we're doing now, we're ecologically doomed.
Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
My sister recently announced she was looking into an SUV because they "need a little more more space" (two parents and one toddler). When I suggested something less fuel hungry for the sake of the environment she dismissed it.
But then even if we in the first world all used less petroleum, the up and coming middle classes in India and China would happily make use of it.
So, damned if you do, damned if you don't.
As it stands anyway we're already past the point of no return. There is methane rising from cracks in Arctic ice and even pools of it bubbling around the Arctic circle.
Nevertheless, you present these facts to people and they still carry on business as usual expecting it won't -really- affect them. Judgement Day is coming.