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 ( See Ecological Devastation Bibliography section for book.

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

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.