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Why Civilisations Collapse

Why Civilisations Collapse

A Lesson for Climate Change

Very interesting article (link below) with important insights on why some civilisations collapse and others don't, by Prof. Peter Saunders.

Modern society is technologically far superior to any that has gone before, we have all the means to head off the worst effects of climate change and adapt to those we cannot avoid. History tells us however that the most common reason societies collapse is not inadequate science or technology but failure to take the difficult decisions necessary for survival. Prof. Peter Saunders
It is easy to delude ourselves into thinking either that climate change will not happen or that if it does, those of us who live in the developed world will be immune from its consequences.

Climate change is happening, and the consequences will be global; if we don’t do something soon they will be much worse. And if we do not act quickly and effectively, our society may well collapse. The human species will probably not go extinct, but we may suffer the same fate as the Mayans: reduced to a much smaller, marginal agrarian population.

If you find that an ultimately attractive prospect, think of the social unrest, wars, famines and other disasters that would happen along the way.

Excellent and insightful, well worth a read: