It is clear to me that sustainable development won’t make any real progress until almost all of the nations reach a critical state where the global economy becomes paralyzed by the environmental constraints. Until such a point, exploitation of countries whose ecologic limits have not been exhausted will remain a favored alternative. Only then will we begin to make real progress on the issue of sustainable development.
The above reflection came after my reading of an article appearing in The Economist (“Back to the Dark Ages”). Although the central idea to the article probably has less to do with sustainable development that it does with the state of affairs in Zimbabwe (particularly their economy), the following passage struck me as I believe I could actually be facing this in my lifetime:
“last week the national power company (in Zimbabwe) announced that it would ration electricity in cities, possibly to a meager four hours a day, just as the southern hemisphere’s winter is starting to bite.”
As far as I know, Canadians (most of us anyway) are not taking this seriously as we have not yet truly felt the full impact of the devastation we have created (i.e. it’s still business as usual).
The last person to leave may not have any lights to turn out…