The following is a list of just some of the truly serious problems we face today. They are not in any particular order. Some are huge, some maybe not so. But they are all part of the growing multi-faceted disaster that can be attributable to one cause; Civilisation.
And most significantly this convergence of these crises cannot continue for another 30 years without threatening the very survival of our species on this planet....
1 Climate Change, Sea Level Rise and Arctic Melting
2 Peak Oil and Gas
3 Resource Depletion
6 Growing Gap between Rich and Poor
8 Increasing Desertification
9 Coral Bleaching
10 Tree Death
11 Rainforest Destruction
12 Topsoil Erosion
13 Habitat Destruction
14 Loss of Biodiversity
15 6th Mass Extinction of Species
16 Increasing Waste Arisings
17 Radioactive Waste
19 Dead Rivers, Lakes and Oceans
20 Increase in Auto Immune Diseases
21 Heavy Metal Poisoning
22 Increasing Pollution
23 Obsession with Economic Growth
24 Ponzi Economics
25 Unsupportable Debt (Government, Business and Personal)
26 Poor Diet and Deteriorating Health (Physical and Mental)
27 Reliance on Pharmaceutical Drugs
28 The Surveillance State
29 Corruption of Politicians
30 Media Control of Politics
31 Global Power Elites
32 The Arms Trade
33 Narcotic Drugs and Desire to Escape
34 Terrorism both Real and Induced, the Culture of Fear
35 Global Corporate Monoculture
36 Sweatshop Economies
37 Torture in Prisons
38 Alienation of the Dispossessed
39 Destruction from Mining Operations
40 Increasing Complexity of Technology and Society
41 Trivialisation of Lifestyle, Celebrity Culture
42 Increased Gambling
43 Child Pornography and Exploitation of Minors
44 Nuclear Weapons
45 Nuclear Power Station Safety
47 Genetic Modification of Food
48 Extreme Energy – Fracking and Tar Sands
50 The Love of Money
51 The Gun Culture
52 Water Stress
53 Global Food Shortages
54 Graffiti and Vandalism
55 Sexualisation of Children, Sexting
56 Over-Fishing of the Seas.
57 Exploitation and Killing of Indigenous Peoples
58 The Israel-Palestine Problem
60 Advertising Everywhere
61 Street Riots
63 Christmas Consumerism
64 Infringement of Civil Liberties
65 Racial Hatred
66 The Plastic Island in the Pacific
68 Loss of Children’s Play
69 Light Pollution
70 Climate Denialism
71 Food Waste
72 Retail Therapy
73 Human Selfishness
74 Free Market Capitalism
76 Mass Killings
77 The Revolving Door: Big Business and Politics
78 Right Wing Extremism
79 Intolerance of Organised Religion
80 Planned Obsolescence
81 Institutional Violence
83 Lack of Purpose in Life
85 Irrational Love of Technology.
86 The Desire for More
87 The False Need for Full Employment
88 Mistrust in the Police
89 The Blame Culture
90 A Sense of Hopelessness
91 Growing Gang Culture
92 Antibiotic Resistance
94 The Theft of the Commons
95 Acid Rain
96 Authoritarian Bureaucracy
97 Security Mindset
99 Excessive Television
100 The Inability to Connect the Dots
101 … add your own.
The network of mega-crises above covers both cause and effect, and the issues are interlinked and converging. All the predicaments very often appear to be unsolvable, and in many cases are not even being tackled by society as recognisable problems.
But they are in effect the same problem. The Problem of Civilisation.
And it’s important to realise that our current Civilisation cannot be saved. It is – by definition – unsaveable. It can be blunted, however, and that is our immediate priority for survival. If we fail here then this Civilisation we have created, will take us into a new Dark Age, marked by chronic warfare, starvation, ecological collapse and abject misery for the world’s population.
Underlying this “Problem of Civilisation” is in fact just one solution; Re-connection.
Re-connection with nature. Re-connection between ourselves. And re-connection with the spirit of life itself.
In reality what this means for each and every one of us is two-fold.
- Resistance: We must resist wherever possible the worst examples of civilisation. Not to reform civilisation (that is impossible) but to prevent civilisation’s destruction completely engulfing us.
- Rebuilding: We must rebuild communities from scratch with shared values of sustainability, equity, simplicity, and peace.
Well before the end of this century, whatever happens, civilisation in its current form cannot exist. The question we have to ask ourselves is this: “What will we choose to take its place?”
More details on our choices will appear in future posts.
We leave you with some wise words about a beautiful world that our hearts tell us is possible …
“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing”
… Arundhati Roy
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete”
… R. Buckminster Fuller