Gail at Wit’s End pointed me in the direction of the following documentary (thanks, Gail). I highly recommend watching it. It’s in five parts, totalling just over an hour.
The human project over the course of this coming century is going to be basically about: cutting back on our consumption of energy, certainly of fossil fuels, of minerals; learning to recycle; learning to make do with much less; to get more effect out of what we actually do consume. So as we power down to a lower-energy society, we will be living in a simpler society, and a society with less economic growth and ultimately, I think, no economic growth; what we need to approach is a steady state economy that uses materials from nature only at the rate at which they can be replaced by natural processes — and there are limits to that.
The challenge is to make it through the transition. If we don’t plan for this transition, if we don’t engage with the process and look at our way of life and begin to change it in meaningful ways, then nature is going to change it for us — in, probably, ways that we’re not going to like very much.
If the number of views of the five parts of ‘The Great Squeeze’ on YouTube — as illustrated in the above graphic — is anything to go by, people are still, at this late stage in the game, not engaging in the process.
Just another ‘alarmist’