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Earth 2100

  • Jun. 3rd, 2009 at 7:18 AM
Did anyone else watch ABC's Earth 2100 last night?

As someone who's been concerned about climate change and peak oil (which I was surprised was covered so minimally) for years, I can't say I learned much but I hope it was eye-opening for other people. I missed the first 20 minutes or so and showed up somewhere around 2030 and the melting of the Himalayan glaciers, which I think, frankly, we may already be too late to prevent.

For those who did find it more eye-opening, I thought you might be interested in some links relating to the topic.

Transition Towns
Transition United States and the Transition US Social Network
Future Scenarios
Post Carbon Institute
Wildlands Network

Please feel free to discuss Earth 2100 in comments, or share other organizations you know of that are working towards building a more sustainable future.


mrcreek: Rana palustris, the pickerel frog (Default)
[personal profile] mrcreek wrote:
Jun. 4th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
I didn't see the show, just a few clips online. I hope it succeeds in waking some people up. Of course, the risk of too much fear-mongering is that either people will stop trusting science if specific predictions fail to come true, or they will see the negative outcomes as inevitable and not bother doing anything about it. Educating people involves walking a narrow line.

There is so much that needs to be done. All of these problems will be easier to deal with if the world's human population is stable, so nothing is more important than the goals of groups like Population Conection and other organizations working for reduced population growth, reproductive freedoms, and family planning education. Also, although many environmental problems are potentially reversible, extinction is not, so groups like WWF and the Nature Conservancy that protect biodiversity are essential. As always, the more scientific research we conduct, the more we will understand what we are getting ourselves into.
[personal profile] ex_cutlery872 wrote:
Jun. 5th, 2009 10:04 am (UTC)
I read the transcripts, and had a few issues with it, but I might make a post elaborating it on monday instead of this weekend. Because of the recent suit again Jared Diamond, I question the ethics of featuring him on that program, and Michael Pollan has, at least in my opinion, over simplified problems with raising cattle. I also thought the notion of the methane gas release at 2050 was way too optimistic, we'll probably lose it much sooner than that.