Recognizing the future

Posted by on Apr 27, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Consider how past crises have focused the minds of humanity, and understand how this applies more so than ever, right now. Before focusing on the future, we need to understand the present and the uncertainties it holds for humanity. We have a status quo which is under question, so let’s look at a few of the definitive problems: climate change, debt based world economy that demands perpetual economic growth, ~7.8 billion people on the planet which has been creaking under the strain of this system, and the contrast between rich and poverty-stricken, are some of the broader critical issues. The earth is a finite, closed system that can no longer support this philosophy and way of life. How would you solve this conundrum with a single decisive action, if you were not to consider your own humanity, but solely the survival of the planet? I would remove the human species completely, and the earth would thrive and most probably recover to it’s former glory within the relative “blink of an eye” in its history. The logical deduction from the above is simply put: The earth will survive, no, flourish without us. In order for this to hold true, the next logical deduction is that as the “apex” species, we have made a colossal mess of everything. Take that a step further, and you can further deduce that for nature to protect itself against the most destructive species on the planet, perhaps CV-19 is the cure … for the planet. So where does that leave us? Well, it’s relatively simple and yet hugely complex. The human race is not all bad, and there is much good that can be framed and admired in isolation, but broadly speaking, we are the worst thing that has happened to the planet. Further logic says that we have two options: Proceed as per “normal” and secure our plight … into oblivion, orRecognize our folly, and decide collectively to decisively address our failed system, and accept that we need to break free of the cage of conventional thinking, which currently holds us captive. Time is of the essence. Recognizing our future is directly and completely dependent on the option we choose. Personally, I quite like option 2, so I’m going to forego option 1 at the outset, and selfishly pursue option 2. This is the fork in the road in this discussion, so if you are keen to pursue option 1, please read no further. If, however, you either follow your strongest instinct, survival, or are a little curious to see how option 2 could pan out, keep reading. Over the years I have tried to isolate my/our most fatal flaw, and although a few others combined can hold considerable weight, the one that I keep re-visiting, is greed. This is, after all, the foundation of capitalism. Make no mistake, in my formative years, I always believed in capitalism as the only way to go, and that any slightest socialist- or communist-aligned philosophy is doomed, and perhaps while we only had a billion or two of us kicking around the earth, this seemed like it would just keep going. Happiness. My naive belief, no, faith, in those in authority, first came to light in my primary school years, when, sitting on the floor in the...

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If only we could find a cure…

Posted by on Aug 22, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

If only we could find a cure…

A significant amount of money is spent worldwide on research for cures for various medical conditions which afflict the human race. This is fairly understandable when you consider the issue on a superficial basis.

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Water, liquid gold or limitless commodity?

Posted by on Aug 9, 2009 in Blog | 0 comments

Water, liquid gold or limitless commodity?

Congratulations to the “powers that be” for finally erecting banners in Plett informing the public that water is a scarce commodity and needs to be used wisely. Water is a finite resource, and the notion that if we haven’t enough to continue on our present path of development…

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The environment, economics and the conundrum we face

Posted by on Aug 2, 2009 in Blog | 0 comments

The environment, economics and the conundrum we face

It is naïve, simplistic and idealistic to espouse environmental and economic reform, without understanding enough about both and greed.

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The environment and economics… in that order please!

Posted by on Aug 2, 2009 in Blog | 0 comments

The environment and economics… in that order please!

Watching a recent documentary on “People & Power” on Aljazeera, made the obvious, yet largely ignored concept of the environment and then the economy, really sink in.

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Litter, re-cycling and your environment…

Posted by on Nov 29, 2008 in Blog | 2 comments

Litter, re-cycling and your environment…

In line with the current trend for professionals to maintain their professional registration through CPD or Continued Professional Development, I less than eagerly, attended a recent seminar on, brace yourselves: Litter removal from Stormwater.

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A few thoughts from the pen of the Green Engineer

Posted by on Feb 7, 2008 in Blog | 0 comments

A few thoughts from the pen of the Green Engineer

When I think of energy, my first thoughts jump to my sons and their mates playing soccer on the field next door or the look on my young labrador’s face and his spontaneous pronking after the utterance of either of the words”food”

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