A new study sponsored by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, human civilization only has a few decades left. The report was written by applied mathematician Safa Motesharrei of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center. A team of natural and social scientists joined him in explaining that modern civilization is doomed.
Their study explains that the entire fundamental structure and nature of our society dooms it to collapse.
There are five primary risk factors for societal collapse that the study defines.
The report explains that the sudden downfall of what it describes as complicated societal structures will naturally follow when these factors converge into two important criteria.
All societal collapses over the past 5,000 years, the study explains, have involved both ”the stretching of resources due to the strain placed on the ecological carrying capacity” and “the economic stratification of society into Elites [rich] and Masses (or “Commoners”) [poor].”
The study continues to explain that this “Elite” population then restricts the flow of resources accessible to what the study rightly calls the “Masses”. This results in an accumulated surplus for the ultra-wealthy, and puts a strain on natural resources.
The power and wealth of the elite buffers the “detrimental effects of the environmental collapse until much later than the Commoners,” allowing them to “continue ‘business as usual’ despite the impending catastrophe.”
Technology, far from saving the day, only accelerates the problem. The report explains that, “Technological change can raise the efficiency of resource use, but it also tends to raise both per capita resource consumption and the scale of resource extraction, so that, absent policy effects, the increases in consumption often compensate for the increased efficiency of resource use.”
The study recommends that “the two key solutions are to reduce economic inequality so as to ensure fairer distribution of resources, and to dramatically reduce resource consumption by relying on less intensive renewable resources and reducing population growth.”
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(Article by M.B. David)