All of the interconnected problems are caused in part by overpopulation, in part by overconsumption by the already rich.
A major goal of the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB) ais reducing the odds that the “perfect storm” of environmental problems that threaten humanity will lead to a collapse of civilization. Those threats include:
- climate disruption,
- loss of biodiversity (and thus ecosystem services),
- land-use change and resulting degradation,
- global toxification,
- ocean acidification,
- decay of the epidemiological environment (plagues),
- increasing depletion of important resources (think water) and resource wars (which could go nuclear).
This is not just a list of problems, it is an interconnected complex resulting from interactions within and between what can be thought of as two gigantic complex adaptive systems: the biosphere system and the human socio-economic system. The manifestations of this interaction are often referred to as “the human predicament.” That predicament is getting continually…
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