Sedona April 2010 water month - Guy McPherson

Sedona April 2010 water month - Guy McPherson

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King, Jr. There is no point to intellectual and political work if one were a pessimist. Intellectual and political work require, nay, demand optimism.

Edward Said Durable living: Preparing for climate change and energy decline Global climate change Energy decline (and economic impacts) Durable living arrangements Water

Food Regional history Mimbres collapse ~860 ybp Overshoot in human carrying capacity Enabled by cheap energy source Climate chaos

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change late 2007: 1 C by 2100 Hadley Centre for Meteorological Research late 2008: 2 C by 2100 United Nations Environment Programme mid 2009: 3.5 C by 2100 Hadley Centre for Meteorological Research October 2009: 4 C by 2060

Global Carbon Project, Copenhagen Diagnosis November 2009: 6 C, 7 C by 2100 UK Meteorology Office (Gornall et al. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 365: 2973-2989) September 2010: Agriculture significantly impacted by 2020 Climate chaos Proceedings of the National Academy of Science: Climate change is irreversible

(10 February 2009) United Nations Environment Programme: During 2008, global carbon emissions increased (November 2009) Climatic Change: Only economic collapse will prevent runaway global climate change

(21 November 2009) Climate chaos, locally Southwestern United States is entering permanent Dust Bowl, with increased drying beginning immediately (Richard Seager, unpublished data, August 2010)

Climate chaos trumped by economic collapse? c i m o n e

o s c p E a ll o

c Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change late 2007: 1 C by 2100 Hadley Centre for Meteorological Research late 2008: 2 C by 2100 United Nations Environment Programme

mid 2009: 3.5 C by 2100 Hadley Centre for Meteorological Research October 2009: 4 C by 2060 Global Carbon Project, Copenhagen Diagnosis November 2009: 6 C, 7 C by 2100

UK Meteorology Office (Gornall et al. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 365: 2973-2989) September 2010: Agriculture significantly impacted by 2020 Energy decline: Economic scenarios This Time is Different by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff (2009) > 250 financial crises

66 countries 800 years Energy decline: Economic scenarios Socit Gnrale (November 2009) Prepare for global economic collapse within two years

Energy decline: Economic scenarios Socit Gnrale Prepare for global economic collapse by November 2011 Niall Ferguson, Michael Ruppert, Rice Farmer, Kurt Cobb, Karl Denninger, Rob Viglione, Bill Bonner, Gerald Celente, Jeff Rubin, John Michael Greer, Matt Savinar, CNBC, Catherine Austin Fitts, Charles Munger, Gonzalo Lira, Joe Bageant, Dave Cohen, Jan Lundberg, Matt Simmons (recently deceased), Chris Hedges, Dmitry Orlov, Michael Snyder, Nicole Foss, Paul Craig Roberts, Marc Faber, Bill Bonner, James

Wesley Rawles, Tony Robbins, Nouriel Roubini, Max Keiser, Tyler Durden, Chris Martenson, James Kwak, Simon Johnson, Chris Clugston, Kenneth Deffeyes, Samsam Bakhtiari, James Howard Kunstler, Bob Chapman, George Ure, Igor Panarin, Joseph Meyer, Harry Dent, John Williams, Richard Russell, Nio Becerra, Martin D. Weiss, Eric deCarbonnel, Robin Landry, John P. Hussman, Robert Prechter, Richard Mogey, Peter Schiff, Lindsey Williams, Hugh Hendry, Arthur Laffer Energy decline: United States

Energy decline: United States Energy decline: United States imports Energy decline: World Energy decline: World

P Energy decline: World P 4% annual decline (projected)

Energy decline: World P Energy decline: World Energy decline: Future scenarios International Energy Agency

Projects 9.1% annual decline, based on assessment of worlds largest oil fields (WEO 2008) (~3% through June 2010) Jeff Rubins forecasting record and forecast 2000: predicted $50/bbl in 2005 (actual = $70.85) 2005: predicted $100/bbl in 2008 (actual = $147.27) October 2009: predicted $225/bbl by 2012

Energy decline: Economic scenarios Joint Operating Environment 2010 (Pentagon, February 2010*) No spare oil capacity by 2012 *citing U.S. Department of Energys Energy Information Administration

Energy decline and economic collapse Peak oil Greatest Depression Massive unemployment (~100%) Fiat currency worth less and less Energy decline and economic collapse Peak oil Greatest Depression Massive unemployment (~100%)

Very little gasoline, diesel Energy decline and economic collapse Peak oil Greatest Depression Massive unemployment (~100%) Very little gasoline, diesel

No food in the grocery stores No fossil fuels for A/C or heat No water from municipal taps Energy decline and economic collapse Peak oil Greatest Depression Massive unemployment (~100%)

Very little gasoline, diesel NO WESTERN CIVILIZATION 1,200 10,000 600

5,000 1973 1987 Species listed under ESA

GDP (billions of dollars) Energy decline economic collapse: good news 2000 Year

Brauer et al. (2005) Science 308:791-792 Durable living Recognize that the industrial economy is a subset of the environment Durable living Recognize that the industrial economy is a subset of the environment Use only local materials (no exports or imports)

Durable living Recognize that the industrial economy is a subset of the environment Use only local materials (no exports or imports) Consume materials at the rate they are produced Soils Water Fossil fuels

Durable living Recognize that the industrial economy is a subset of the environment Use only local materials (no exports or imports) Consume materials at the rate they are produced Soils Water Fossil fuels

Rely on local human community for support The antithesis of durable living Consume 1. To do away with completely; destroy

2a. 2b. To spend wastefully; squander Use up 3.

To waste or burn away; perish The antithesis of durable living Obedience Oppression

Durable living: a personal example The trouble is that once you see it, you cant unsee it. And once youve seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. Theres no innocence. Either way, you're accountable. Arundhati Roy (Power Politics, 2001)

Durable living: a personal example You can either take action, or you can hang back and hope for a miracle. Miracles are great, but they are so unpredictable. Peter Drucker

Durable living: important attributes Water extraction and delivery Food production and delivery Maintain body temperature Rebuild human communities Durable living: important attributes Thriving in the post-carbon era

Water security Food security Maintain body temperature Human community Durable living: Water Durable living: Water

Durable living: Water Silver City: >850 million gallons/year Durable living: Food Durable living: Food

Population of Silver City >10,000 Population of Grant County >30,000 Durable living: Food Population of Silver City >10,000 Population of Grant County >30,000

VICTORY GARDENS? Durable living: Failure of leadership Durable living: the star of the show

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