Why Societies collapse?

One the issues I found most interesting in my beginnings to explore the topic of sustainable development is the question of why, throughout the ages many of the great societies that have been built into great empires such as the have collapsed. Jared Diamond introduces this idea suggesting that “collapses have been self-inflicted ecological suicides, resulting from inadvertent human impacts on the environment, impacts similar to the impacts causing the problems that we face today.”
However he also makes the point that is not just the impact of humans on the environment; in fact he raises five elements: 1. Environmental damage 2. Climate change 3. Societies relations with hostile neighbours 4. Societies relations with friendly neighbours and finally 5. Peoples cultural responses to events.
I think it is very interesting for us to look back at history in attempt to learn from the mistakes of the societies like those given in the article. It shows how it is not enough to just be aware of the environmental damage in order to sustain our environment for the future.

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