The state of our world

Here is a brief summary of the rather disconcerting state of the world we live in today:

Under current policies, the world will warm by about 3.5 degrees during this century – a situation that is projected to lead to runaway global warming. The previous time the world reached 6 degrees of warming, it lost 90% of all its life…

Already today, the human race is consuming resources at such a high rate that our planet needs 1.5 years to replenish all the resources we consumed and process all the waste we excreted in a single year. How long do you think we can keep this up?

In order to ensure a sustainable future, we need massive investments in a wide range of sectors, but, as everyone knows, our economy is seriously ill right now. We are simply too broke and too deep in debt to address our pressing ecological problems. 

Since the world is so incredibly unequal (the poorest 70% of people control only 3.5% of the wealth), any significant ecological or economic problems will put millions of poor lives in jeopardy. This can lead to massive social unrest and loss of life.

Our society has also grown incredibly complex, making it very hard to take swift corrective action. We need to act, but there are a million conflicting ideas about what this acting should actually look like.

So, these are the global crises we face today. Addressing these crises can seem totally impossible, but the good news is that you can help mitigate each and every one of these crises by building for yourself a happy, healthy, wealthy and sustainable life. 

For interested parties, a more detailed analysis can be found here.

Filed under: Introduction

3 thoughts on “The state of our world”

  1. Regarding the cartoon at the top of this article, “The State of Our World,” (man scratching his head while watching a fuse…)

    Will you be willing to grant me the permission to use it one time in a book, as a small chapter title decoration, say less than 1”x1”, used once?

    In exchange, I would plug/cite your website:

    Since I am on a tight schedule to decide which graphics to use, I will appreciate an early answer.

    Mac Radosz

    1. Feel free to use it without crediting me. This is just an old-school MS Word “screen bean” and is therefore not my own original work.

  2. NIce post, Schalk! I’ve read other posts, and I think you did well with the introduction since you explained briefly about each problem.
    Enjoy reading this blog…waiting for more articles from you!

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