Letters to the Editor
The global impacts of anthropomorphic climate disruption (ACD) continue to intensify, as corporations and the global elite continue to plunder our planet and humanity continues to consume the products they pull from the Earth. Many places are already facing fresh-water scarcity and other environmental contamination problems. We may have passed a tipping point to where human survival beyond the next few decades cannot be assured, wrote Dahr Jamail in Truthout, last Monday August 03, 2015.
Indeed, a recently published study by a team from Anglia Ruskin University’s Global Sustainability Institute shows that society will likely collapse by 2045 due to catastrophic permanent food shortages resulting from the ever-worsening impacts of ACD.
Many activists, academics, and policy experts on global warming have concluded that “Humanity is at a crossroads and that our only hope is to stop burning the world’s remaining fossil fuel reserves”. They demand that we “end subsidies to the fossil fuel industry” and “freeze fossil fuel extractions.” They might have added the word “NOW” and suggest that “We switch to100% renewable energy.”
If we meet their demand, we can no longer use our cars, save all-electric vehicles; cook our food on gas or coal and we must use drinking water sparingly. In return, we might live. If we do not meet their demand, we will live a few more years as we have for the last 30 years. In return we’ll gradually choke or starve to death, fall ill or die violently in a food riot within the next 30 years. There are no further alternatives; it is up to us, what will it be?
John de Waal