The worldview that drives our civilization is one of endless growth, which is impossible on a planet with limited resources. Already we have pushed the natural world to the extreme limit of what sustains all life, with the pollution of water and air, the destruction of ecosystems, and the surface temperature of the globe itself being altered beyond natural law. And what is the main driver for climate change, the most destructive force of all? It is our high-carbon economy, our addiction to a massive fossil-fueled industrial transportation network, a nature-crushing grid of highways, “anthropocene” changes to the land with agricultural mega-business, and the manufacture of millions of objects, technologies, plastics, consumables, gadgets, luxuries and amenities that we take for granted. Throw in an out-of-control population bomb and the human infrastructure required to support this explosion, and the chaos we face is grave indeed. The looming disaster is human-induced, and increased greenhouse gases are leading to extreme weather events and massive global warming.
In terms of solutions, we are far past the point where individual actions like “recycling” will make a difference, and the only way forward is to dismantle our civilization by mobilizing the citizenry as in times of war. Yet do we see this happening? Are we collectively turning away from the worldviews and technologies that are killing the planet? Are we finally coming to understand that our humancentric worldview will destroy us in the end? Are we not just one interconnected part of Earth Community? Yet human beings are experts at cognitive dissonance, and it seems likely that we will remain in denial until the four seasons turn into one, the drought intensifies, water shortages increase, and the landscape re-arranges itself into strange corroded places we have never seen before. We cannot be absolutely sure what the future will hold, but the data projections on rising global temperature do not lie.
“Uncolonize now, voluntarily, intentionally, with full awareness and the selective use of resources, OR, uncolonize later under duress and hardship, as a dramatic response to traumatic conditions when the current economic paradigm reaches the limits of its sustainability. But uncolonize you must, or fade away with the memories of a lost civilization.”
Pegi Eyers is the author of "Ancient Spirit Rising: Reclaiming Your Roots & Restoring Earth Community," an award-winning book that explores strategies for uncolonization, social justice, ethnocultural identity, building land-emergent community & resilience in times of massive change.