Here’s a TED talk by Paul Gilding, an Australian who writes about sustainability.
The matter-of-fact and plainspoken Mr. Gilding warns us that “the Earth is full,” and challenges us to respond: what are we going to do about it? On one level the question seems almost trite, because I’d think a lot of people are wondering along that line, but asking the question is as far as most of us get, if that. A lot of people I hear and read, perceive that we’re rushing headlong toward a planet-scale catastrophe (certainly this is my intuition). Speaking from my little corner, I’m aware of no discourse emerging to answer it.
Such a simple question, banal: “What are we going to do about it?” What I think: we won’t act, save around the edges of things, and mostly as a matter of greenwashing. We won’t dare risk acting, until business-as-usual becomes simply inconceivable. By which I mean, having arrived at a point when we can no longer imagine ways to sustain the machinery of human enterprise.