The Triple Crisis of Civilization

The Survival Plan

 

    Some of the actions defined are logical no-brainers. Others are totally contrary to human nature where short-term comfort and profit are far more enticing than long-term survival. Smoking and obesity kill nearly one million Americans a year, yet the obvious corrective actions are less acceptable than the pleasure of the moment. These may be “someone else’s problems” whereas the triple-crisis of fossil-energy depletion, population, and eco-devastation will bring us all down collectively . . . you, us, our kids . . . everyone. The Titanic has already hit the (peak) iceberg, and we’ll all need lifeboats ... right or left, rich or poor.

    The following solutions constitute a collection of concepts available in the various website links and books listed previously. Also included under “Delusions That Won’t Save Us” is a short summary of common mirages or erroneous answers that only give false hope and waste valuable time. They are either technically wrong, or at cross-purposes; for instance, using valuable food bioenergy for frivolous biofueled transportation.

    The proposed solutions just might work only if they become a mass movement of Americans, and hopefully, world citizens. This might be called a “save-civilization movement”. The implication of such a movement is already infiltrating part of the religious community, for instance:

• The book, Sustainability and Spirituality, under “Ecological Devastation Bibliography,” defines the synergism of these two concepts combined in a doctrine of ecology and ethics.

• A critical and religiously oriented assessment of the threats posed by climate change was given by Sir John Houghton to the National Association of Evangelicals in March 2005 (www.creationcare.org). See Ecological Devastation Bibliography section for book.

• Protecting Creation is an interfaith program that addresses environmental-justice concerns by the National Council of Churches. (www.nccecojustice.org)

The first half of this survival guide described a critical mass of three crises facing civilization. The second half, starting with education and resource conservation, offer solutions for survival from a personal to a national level.


Most Americans have yet to comprehend or even believe the urgency and magnitude of our dilemma, but the long time-span required for correction dictates we must implement action long before the combined crises become overwhelming.