global industrial economy has
the capacity of the Earth to support it.
Ecosytem collapse is
No culture, however
the collapse of
"Can we just realize that there are limits to
growth?" - David Marquez
Global consumer culture,
consuming renewable resources faster than
they can regenerate, discharges greenhouse gases into the
atmosphere much faster than nature can recycle them.
to satisfy global consumer culture is apparent in:
shrinking forests and eroding
crop-withering heat waves;
abandoned because of invading sand
pumped dry and fracked into toxicity.
Harvests of less than 10% of
historic highs is considered collapse in fishing.
In 1950, only six
commercial seafood species worldwide had collapsed.
By 2003, more than
2,200 species - 29% of all commercially fished species on Earth - had
Resources accumulated over eons of geological
time are being consumed in a
single human lifespan.
Global consumer culture notes problems only
when commodity skyrocket, leaving little time to adjust.
a natural threshold is crossed there is no time left to modify explotation.
We see this time and again as
species go extinct.
When agriculture began, humans, their livestock,
and pets accounted for less than 0.1% of the total weight of all vertebrates on
the land and in the air.
In 2005 Paul MacCready estimated that humans, their livestock, and pets
accounted for 98% of the total vertebrate biomass, leaving only 2% in the wild.
98 tons of prehistoric, buried plant material is required to produce
each gallon of gasoline we burn in our cars.
Fossil fuel consumption in
1997 equaled the energy in 7.1 trillion kilograms of carbon in plant
Land plants today contain 31.6 trillion kilograms of carbon
"The amount of plants that went into the fossil fuels
burned since the global industrial Revolution began in 1751 is equal to all the
plants grown on Earth over 13,300 years. Fossil fuels developed from ancient
deposits of organic material, and thus can be thought of as
a vast store of solar
energy. It took an incredible amount of plant matter to generate the fossil
fuels we are using today." - Jeff Dukes
Many earlier civilizations found
themselves in environmental trouble as Jared Diamond notes in Collapse: How
Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed.
Some were able to
change course and avoid
economic decline and some - Sumerians,
Easter Islanders - were not able
to make the needed adjustments in time.
We know from earlier
civilizations that the lead indicators of economic decline were environmental
and not due to the churning
The trees went first, then
the civilization itself.
Nature has many thresholds that we discover only when it is too late.
To archeologists, the sequence is all too familiar.
The Earth is in what
ecologists call an "overshoot-and-collapse"
Overshoot leads sometimes to decline and sometimes to a
1944 US Coast Guard introduces
29 reindeer on remote St. Matthew Island in the Bering Sea to serve as the
backup food source for the 19 men operating a station there. World War II ends,
the base is closed and the men left the island.
1957 US Fish and Wildlife Service biologist David Kline
visits St. Matthew Island. He discovers a thriving population of 1,350 reindeer
feeding on the four-inch-thick mat of lichen that covers the
332-square-kilometer (128-square-mile) island. In the absence of any predators,
the population exploded.
1963 A population of 6,000
reindeer on the island.
1966 St. Matthew Island
is strewn with reindeer skeletons and not much lichen. 42 reindeer
survive: 41 females and 1 unhealthy male.
There are no fawns.
1980 The remaining reindeer
had died off and there is no lichen.
In decline, a remnant of the
population or economic activity survives in a resource-depleted
environment for a period
As the environmental resource base of Easter Island in the
South Pacific deteriorated its population declined from a peak of 20,000 to
fewer than 4,000.
In contrast, the 500-year-old Norse settlement in
Greenland collapsed during the 1400s, disappearing entirely in the face of
2005 42 countries have
population that are stable or declining slightly in size as a result of falling
birth rates. For the first time demographers are
declines in African countries because of
death rates, among them Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, and
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