There is plenty of evidence that indicates doom isn't upon us which I will touch on. I also feel that nothing positive will emerge from that kind of despair. People need hope and there is genuinely a lot to be hopeful for, though I may struggle to get it all in one post, so maybe this is the start of a new series of posts.
As Dr. Bendell notes, there will be a tendency to want to reject his conclusions in Deep Adaptation since to accept them is so life changing in its repercussions.
You may also want to dismiss Deep Adaptation because you simply disagree with their conclusions, but with this sentence Bendell has dismissed every argument against his theory as coming from someone ‘in denial’. In addition he talks about the middle classes in his posts, and maybe he means that middle class society is collapsing and if it is hurray, because I am all for a classless society. However it does seem to overlook that it is the working class who are the collective power behind change (as well as being the least burden on the climate) and that there is a lot missing from this research if large parts of the population are overlooked.
There is definitely a delayed response in the updated facts being interpreted, understood and then disseminated and grasped by the wider community. Population growth is a good example of that and I would urge anyone who hasn’t yet seen the fantastic explanation by the late Hans Rosling back in 2013 to watch it. Even though the facts and figures have moved on already and there was more good news about population growth slowing further in the news this week. The message is clear that population is still increasing, but it is no longer accelerating. The continuing growth is down to the increase in life expectancy of people already alive, and is no longer due to birth rate which has dropped considerably (see below).
|World fertility rates (births per woman), The World Bank,|
Birth rate is a clear area where the actual changes have to be taken by individuals. Yes education and access to contraception are vital to enable that, but couples have chosen to move away from the large families of their parents and grandparents. Who would have thought it was possible to change that on a global scale?
Over the next few posts I will write you that positive future that I know to be true, with examples of low carbon successes.