Proceedings of the Royal Society: 'Can a collapse of global civilization be avoided?'

Paul Mobbs mobbsey at
Mon Feb 4 15:45:58 GMT 2013

Well, that'll set the cat amongst the pigeons -- until the pigeons are
exhausted and the cat population collapses! ;-)

If only the "environmentalists" had stuck to ecology rather than going
down the affluent consumerism route in the 1990s, perhaps we'd have got
somewhere by now?

Well worth a read -- along with the MIT/Smithsonian "Limits to Growth
40th Anniversary" seminar videos/articles last May --


Can a collapse of global civilization be avoided?

Paul R. Ehrlich† and Anne H. Ehrlich
Published online: January 9, 2013
Print version: Proceedings of the Royal Society B, vol.280 no.1754, 7th
March 2013


Environmental problems have contributed to numerous collapses of
civilizations in the past. Now, for the first time, a global collapse
appears likely. Overpopulation, overconsumption by the rich and poor
choices of technologies are major drivers; dramatic cultural change
provides the main hope of averting calamity. 


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nor are we for this party nor against the other but we are
for justice and mercy and truth and peace and true freedom,
that these may be exalted in our nation, and that goodness,
righteousness, meekness, temperance, peace and unity with
God, and with one another, that these things may abound."
(Edward Burrough, 1659 - from 'Quaker Faith and Practice')

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