Physical Challenges

The Issues

Let's be clear about the nature of the physical challenges we face.

  • The Earth:
    • Global Climate Change
    • pollution
    • lack of fresh water
  • The Biosphere:
    • loss of biodiversity
    • mass extinction
    • species migration,
    • antibiotic resistance
    • loss of topsoil
  • The effect of people on the planet
    • Overpopulation
  • The Covid-19 Pandemic 

There is a short (under 20 minutes) video by Economics Explained which summarizes many of these issues: MIT Has Predicted that Society Will Collapse in 2040.

The Solutions

These proposals to address the physical world problems are (to a first approximation anyway) all necessary. We can't just pick one and think we have 'done our bit' - we have to do all of them, or the world as we know it does not survive.

  • Energy
  • Farming
  • Finance
  • Growing Things
  • Manufacturing
    • What is manufactured
    • Where it is manufactured
  • Plastics
  • Poisonous chemicals
  • Transport