The Perfect Storm

SUBHEAD: Growing debt, resource depletion and pandemic disease is the trifecta of the future. 

By Juan Wilson on 31 March 2020 for Island Breath -

Image above: Ninety-one-year-old Catherine Carrere sits outside her home in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005. From (

Humanity faces Debt, Depletion and Disease.

The Coronovirus-19 is the monkey wrench in the gears of an economy stranded in the depletion of natural resources. Their interlocking dependencies make "solutions" impossible. 

The upside of these interlocking disasters is that they are accelerating the arrival of a future on Earth that will be better balanced for life in general and specifically for the uncountable species that we will soon be extinguished if we, humans, are allowed to continue as we have since we mastered agriculture, industrialization and fossil fuel refinement.

Like the darkness that is shrouded the world of the dinosaurs after a major asteroid impact 66 million years ago, we face an intractable foe... a planet too close to being devoid of the wildness of life.

We have been greedy... and that will run its course soon. The Earth will go on and flourish in some new way - with us, or without us - But the Earth will go on.

My desire is that it can be with us - but it will have to be with much fewer of us.

We have many routes that can be takento arrive where we want to be.
  • Effective population reduction
  • Getting off fossil fuels 
  • De-industrialization 
  • Ovo-lacto vegetarianism
  • Subsistence organic farming
  • Restoring wild habitats 
The alternative is a self administered attempt at extinction.
  • Encouraging population growth
  • Burn through the last of the oil and coal
  • Continuing consumer based economies
  • Eating an animal meat based diet
  • Spreading industrialized agriculture
  • Devouring forests for resources
  • War
The current human population is about 7.8 billion people. The US CIA estimates are that at the time of Jesus of Nazareth, two thousand years ago, the human population on Earth was 150 million - less than half the population of the United States today.

Looking at the CIA map of the distribution of human settlements at that time you find little occupation of the large inner land masses of the continents. The great forests and other expansive territories were "terra igcognito" - land unknown - Thank God!

Climbing down from our perch will be difficult, frightening and painful. Some alternatives will be effective but worse than what we have... such violent religious conflicts, racial holocaust exterminations, nuclear war.

My only advise is to try to live in balance with the resources nearby and the from the work of the people that inhabit that place. Practice in important to make it work.

Eventually it will be all we have.


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