From the article:
But the bottom line was clear enough: global capitalism has made the depletion of resources so rapid, convenient and barrier-free that “earth-human systems” are becoming dangerously unstable in response. When pressed by a journalist for a clear answer on the “are we f**ked” question, Werner set the jargon aside and replied, “More or less.”
“There was one dynamic in the model, however, that offered some hope. Werner termed it “resistance” – movements of “people or groups of people” who “adopt a certain set of dynamics that does not fit within the capitalist culture”. According to the abstract for his presentation, this includes “environmental direct action, resistance taken from outside the dominant culture, as in protests, blockades and sabotage by indigenous peoples, workers, anarchists and other activist groups”.
Original article: goo.gl/yADZPJ
This is some scary stuff and it’s essentially my worst nightmare. Back int he early 1990s there was a comic book the predicted the worst possible endgame for capitalism. The comic was called “The Legionaires” and while it was a superhero comic, it took place in the distant future after the Earth had been strip-mined literally beyond the capacity of the Earth’s ability to support it. The planet literally collapses and breaks up. Luckily Earth’s biggest cities had developed domed cities as defenses against nuclear war and alien invasions, so the comic didn’t end in one issue. The point is, it doesn’t take a geophysicist to recognize what happens when you let capitalism run amok. The whole idea of “free market capitalism,” in the end, denies the laws of physics and, as a result, is ultimately unsustainable.
It’s a really shame our corporate and governmental leaders don’t read comic books.