Dutchy wrote:johns624 wrote:I don't care. I'll be 60 in 3 weeks and don't have any children so I'll be dead and gone before anything major happens.
Pffff, can you have a more antisocial response?
I became pessimistic on this issue in the mid 1990s. I think we could have averted the very bad case scenario if we had, world wide, taken action at that time. There was no political will to do so. If we take action now I think we could avert the catastrophic scenario. There seems to be no political will or ability to do so. Diamond has discussed the collapse of civilizations and has useful things to say. My view is that civilizations collapse because while everyone knows what needs to be done, the various sectors are all unwilling to take the short term loss to themselves for long term gain for everyone. It is a political collapse more than a technology/information collapse. In other words, our political systems around the world evolved to bring us to where we are, they cannot take us to where we need to be.
I will vote for whoever is proposing the best solutions, I support whatever taxes we need to fund those solutions, I am willing to accept whatever short term changes or sacrifices I should make to avoid catastrophe. My comfort, at 80 I will die before the the collapse (I think!)