There is a strong likelihood that the current threats to the sustainability of Spaceship Earth, at least for civilised human occupation, are beyond solution, given the large number of accelerating dysfunctions brought about by human behaviour.  Fifteen of these are:

Natural World Stressors

  1. Climate disruption & sea level rise
  2. Pollution of air, water and land
  3. Depletion – fossil energy and minerals
  4. Depletion – fisheries, forests, soils, water
  5. Biodiversity and ecosystem losses (the planet’s 6th Great Extinction.)
  6. Global epidemics of disease

    Machine’ World Stressors

  7. Global debt-based financial system instability
  8. Increasing inequality in wealth & poverty (recently represented as the 1% and the 99%)
  9. Illegal migration & criminal global trafficking
  10. Regional ethnic, resource & religious conflicts
  11. Nuclear weapon proliferation
  12. Terrorism
  13. Urbanization & mega-cities (31 cities with over 10 million population)
  14. Cyber-warfare and internet fragility
  15. Uncontrolled artificial intelligence (AI)

Nevertheless, for the sake of coming generations and the planet we cannot abandon the hope of finding solutions. Hope of progress and redemption is part religious and liberal humanistic beliefs, the ‘stories’ that give purpose to so many lives.  Writers such as John Gray and Ronald Wright characterise ‘progress’ as a delusional myth, given the record of history and the exponential impact of human activity on the very systems that support life. But large numbers of people are still seeking solutions to many of these ‘stressors’. This section of the resource platform will collect together some of their hope-driven efforts to create a safe operating space for humanity within the limits of the planet that sustains us.


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