“Our problems are of our own making, and so we can stop making them,”
According to Jared Diamond, history teaches us four lessons.
First, environmental problems can cause societies to collapse. Second, some environments are more fragile than others and “it’s no accident that a list of the world’s most environmentally devastated and/or overpopulated countries resembles a list of the world’s current political tinderboxes.” Third, societies are vulnerable to the environmental problems of others, as well as their own. And finally, “conflicts between the short-term interests of those in power and the long-term interests of everybody else” can stop a society protecting itself by which time it’s too late. Time Magazine via [Daily Summit]