Dr Nafeez Ahmed yesterday posted what I think is one of the most reasonable overviews of the current global socio-economic situation I’ve yet seen. In this writer’s humble and inexpert opinion his article – The Global Transition tipping point has arrived – outlines the reality of our position in terms of economic, political and resource options that make a lot of sense. And it’s not doom and gloom.
If you can grab some time, try and read it, it’s quite long, but worth the effort in my view. There are lots of things in the article which will annoy some people, because that’s the nature of the world, but there’s no doubt that when he talks about the ‘unsustainability’ of the current system, he’s alluding to something that we all know, deep down, is a reality. Most of the more intelligent discussions about the current situation tend to be about how can we make the transition as painless (i.e. economically painless!) as possible, rather than arguing about the specifics of the issues.
I’m not going to spend any time here going through the piece in detail, nor will I spend any significant time arguing on its behalf or defending his position, but I will just say that it’s looking like we’re finally approaching some sort of global consensus that things need fixing, and whether it’s this generation that does it, or the next doesn’t really matter. It’s just interesting to be witnessing the transition, as he says so rightly.
“As Nelder writes in his latest column, we find ourselves at a potentially exciting crossroads: the literal death throes of the fossil fuel industry, amidst the inexorable, sporadic rise of a new renewable energy system.”