By Ed Raymond
What Are Our Biophysical and Religious Limits?
Scientists are studying the effects of the world’s ever-expanding economic growth, increases in population, consumption of our natural resources, and our limited ability to decrease or store our waste. To describe the studies they use the inclusive term “collapseology.”
A report from Future Earth emphasizes that “extreme weather events, food insecurity, freshwater shortages, and degradation of life-sustaining ecosystems have the potential to impact and amplify the collapse of our entire global system.”
As an example, Professor William Rees of the University of British Columbia, a population ecologist, measures the amount of environmental input needed to maintain a given lifestyle. He claims we are “close to some form of global societal collapse because of the total footprint of humanity on earth. We will undergo collapse possibly in a decade, certainly within this century.” He says we humans are exploiting natural resources faster than the systems can regenerate. We are dumping wastes beyond nature’s capacity to regenerate them. He adds: “We are exceptional animals, but we are not exempt from the laws of nature.”
Will Steffen is a retired earth systems scientist from Australian National University, concentrating on climate and environment. He says if we don’t clean up our act, “a rapidly warming world of depleted resources and mounting pollution will lead to a largely uninhabitable earth and a breakdown of nations and the international order.”
Collapseology scientists describe the conditions of the nonhuman species on earth: “Collapse is well underway. Ninety-nine percent of the tall grass in North America is gone, by one estimate; 96% of the biomass of mammals—biomass is their weight on earth—now consists of humans, our pets and farm animals; nearly 90% of the fish stocks the U.N. monitors are either fully exploited, over-exploited, or depleted; and a multiyear study in Germany showed a 76% decline in insect biomass (many required for pollination of plants).”
“Have a good day” seems to have lost some meaning.
We Also Have Collapseologists Studying the Decline of Religion
There is no doubt in my mind that some day we will “discover” that Lucy, our first subhuman found in Africa so far, also had gay relatives. After three million years of apes, chimps, bonobos, Neanderthals, and Homo Sapiens, and the 1,500 most developed species, most religious humans will concede that the God or gods they worship also created gays instead of Satan, Lucifer, or witches whispering in their ears while sinning away.
Meanwhile, conservative Catholic bishops have charged our new Catholic president Joe Biden with being an “embarrassment to Catholicism” because he has pledged to pursue certain policies “that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, most seriously in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage, and…