What if scientists are right and the planet's systems really are under threat of collapse, or are already in a state of collapse? What if humans were the major cause of that?
Based on an evaluation of more than 1,000 previous studies, a new meta-review by an international group of 18 scientists suggests the Earth is perilously close to a tipping point where resource consumption, ecosystem degradation, climate change, biodiversity loss and population growth will trigger massive changes in the biosphere.
How would one live if this were true?
After writing this blog since 2008, and reading over 5000 comments left by readers (often filled with simple living related ideas and links), it is easy for me to riff off a few ideas. More than likely you have a few of your own. Please do share them in a comment below.
Living As If The Planet Is Collapsing
- no flights
- driving only when necessary, using a shared car if possible
- eat a plant based diet
- live and buy locally
- conserve energy/resources at home
- use a laundry line
- ride a bike, walk, or take public transportation
- work at a job that provides right livelihood
- share things with neighbours
- demand an end to all funding for war
- go carbon free
- promote the adoption of a steady state economy (no growth)
- have smaller families, encourage childlessness
- live in small homes, possibly shared with several generations
- grow a garden, the bigger the better
- support revoking the corporate charter of any company found to harm the environment
- eat food grown through organic agriculture
- foster cooperation over competition
- discourage the accumulation of wealth and conspicuous consumption
- consume to satisfy needs, not wants
- enjoy, and be grateful for, every moment we have on this amazing planet
- be kind
How would one live if the planet were collapsing, putting our very survival at risk?
More like a monk than a millionaire.
“Professor Stephen Hawking thinks the human species will have to populate a new planet within 100 years if it is to survive.
With climate change, overdue asteroid strikes, epidemics and population growth, our own planet is increasingly precarious.”
- BBC, in announcing the new series Expedition New Earth in which Hawking explains why he thinks humanity needs to find a "Planet B", pronto