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From Nick Anthony, co-founder SEEK

EVOLUTION: Where from: Where To

 

Slave trade elimination was advocated in New England 1671 but not law there until 1808 and not US wide until 1865, nearly 200 years later.

 

Changes used to take time, but with facebook, twitter, live TV and the current reality of climate change that has been a wake up call

 

change must take place IMMEDIATELY.

 

1760-1830s

THE FIRST INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

Major changes in agriculture, manufacturing, mining, transportation and technology had a world changing effect on the population. Beginning in the UK the era spread to Europe and North America.

 

There was a dramatic shift away from use of draft animals towards the mechanization of initially the textiles companies and with the development of iron making techniques both in the 1780s, and the increase in use of refined coal. Improved roads, canals and railways further fuelled the industrial beast which kicked in with scale after 1820.

 

Population in the UK went from 8mn in 1800 to 30mn in 1900. Europe’s population went from 100mn in 1700 to 400mn in 1900.

 

1850s – 1914

SECOND INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

THE AGE OF SYNERGY, scientific based change

The advent of Steel, rediscovered (Song dynasty techniques were lost) in the 1850s for military use brought about a surge in the worlds growth. This revolution grew to include chemical industry development, the refinement of petroleum and distribution, the start of electrical industry and marked a transition of technological leadership from Britain to the USA and Germany.

 

By 1930 the population had risen to 2bn people

 

1945 – 1960

ATOMIC AGE

The first Atomic bomb in 1945 followed a month later by Hiroshima kicked off the atomic age. The subsequent powerful peace time rebuilding was an expansionist period set in. The atomic age failed to live up to expectations with Chernobyl, a near accident at 3 mile island and issues with plant de-commissioning. The nuclear age brought with it an arms race that took the world to the brink of WW3

 

1960 – 1970

THE SWINGING Sixties

 

With flower power and a call for peace not war the generation enjoyed a drugged out luddite attitude with moves to stop nuclear power, ban supersonic travel, oppose chemical use in food and agriculture and glimmers of a happier new global vision that crashed with Woodstock.

1970 -1980

ME Decade

 

Population increase, a new business cycle and the distractions of leisure brought about a new middle class, serious environmentalism started but was not mainstream. It was a GREEN decade as crops radically changed to be higher yielding and more productive. This radically increased nitrogen content in soil which increased coastal dead zones through algal blooms. Industrial nitrogens greatest environmental impact though is to increase the world’s population. By increasing food supply in Africa, India, China and the west as much as 40% of the world’s protein intake is from artificial nitrogen. The fix is in – had the natural worlds weather, droughts and population control taken its course our population would be half what it is.

  

1980 -1990

THE GOGO Decade

Greed was good, easy money and a take mentality, America’s expansion and “modernization” was the beacon that excited the wannabes. The world wanted their laissez fair throw away attitudes, no matter the cost. Cheaper production, more of it and short termism were the flag bearers of a generation.

 

1990 – 2000

THE NICE Decade

Non Inflationary Constant Expansion, as the world found the housing drug and again fast cash and ecosystem destruction with all the excitement of social connectivity through the internet. A new consumer drug that kept our attention away from global destruction. The nasty consequences of the NICE decade extend beyond the current downturn. The natural resources and processes – such as the climate, the soil, the nitrogen cycle and the biodiversity on which our health and economies depend were degraded faster than they can be replenished. We faced a global environmental crisis that will profoundly affect the lives of all of us and barely acknowledged it. Al Gore brought us climate change awareness but people didn’t change much.

 

By 2000 the population had risen to 6BN

 

2000-2010

THE NOUGHTIES Decade

Brought us Chinas last NICE gasp that inflated the world, however food inflation and their economic miracle tripped up their impending global takeover. Y2K, a computer meltdown widely expected that failed to materialize ushered in the internet as mainstream. This era brought peak debt and peak oil reality that now in 2011 are only just starting to reverberate around global economies and the era saw a celebration of resources as scarcity drove miners to expand their thirst and quest for the world’s oil, copper, coal and precious metals and rare earths resources. Al Gore brought us climate change awareness and the world starts to pay attention.

 

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By 2010 the population had risen to 7Bn

 

2010 -2020

THE HANGOVER Decade

With feast comes famine, with excess comes redress, with action comes reaction.

 

HELP, cries the world

ANGER, call the unemployed and disenfranchised by climate change

NOW, call the scientists and worlds protectors

GASP, go the inefficient manufacturers and polluters as they hang on to NICE memories

O my Golly, as the public collectively find a new faith in individual action

Virility drops as much as 30% through contaminants and population growth slows

Environmentally the world tips closer to breakdown

Responsibly and collectively our species grapple with change that will make 40% of all beings extinct in ONE GENERATION.

 

More than half of our population now lives in cities, nests for a super organism out of control. Consuming everything and anything, groupers, sharks fin, metals, fuels, building materials, money. These honey pots are mostly out of natural space, polluted in air, sea and soil, challenged by extreme temperatures and prone to disease strains such as H1N1 or bird flu.

 

2020 -2030

THE MEMORY decade

Man changes his tune and woke up from its hangover       
Earth still spins and the rain still falls, although its anything but business as usual
Money becomes scarce and even more concentrated
Overpopulation becomes governmental in control

Responsibility through technology connectivity keeps a still population

You and I get cancelled and us becomes the new collective as the world bands together to make a better world

 

2040-2100

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Your actions today will make this paragraph.

Your actions are your voice. Find it and help write history

 

What should we do collectively, or individually?

get your small community motivated

1. form a community. get your friends together, start by living as communally as you can, transition to living in a rural area so you can grow your own food, build your own shelter, etc.

2. If you and your social group are determined to live in an urban setting, start community gardens, simple recycling operations to earn some cash, get the neighborhood focused on local, bootstrapping survival.

3. Give up on this whole ‘convince the masses’ idea. It’s time to focus on local and regional actions.

Get your family and friends focused on long term survival…

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