Recently on the US news website Huffington Post, American emergency survival expert and author Matthew Stein wrote an article titled “The Perfect Storm: Six Trends Converging on Collapse.” In it, he described the six major factors facing humanity, each of which on its own could become a what he calls a “civilization buster,” but when taken as a whole, would lead to a global collapse of unimaginable proportions.
These civilization busters include reaching maximum petroleum production; deforestation beyond recovery; the global food crisis; population growth; fish and ocean collapse, and global warming.
A multitalented mechanical engineer who has designed homes and machines to withstand disasters, Mr. Stein is also an accomplished solo mountain climber and the author of the survival guide, “When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency,” In a recent interview, he explained the current threats to human survival.
Matthew Stein – Author of When Technology Fails (M): We’re consuming the natural resources of the planet faster than they can regenerate. It’s like charging US$100,000 in your credit card and paying off US$20,000 every year; it’s like you can only keep that up for so long and then you’re bankrupt.
So essentially, we’re living on borrowed time right now.
VOICE: In his summary of the six criteria, Mr. Stein referred to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) study that even with strict greenhouse gas emissions limits, the Earth’s climate is still likely to warm by 6.3 degrees Celsius within a century.
He also cited findings that 11 out of 15 of the world’s major fisheries are on the verge of or are in collapse; that more than half the planet’s forests have disappeared; and that the food security for one-third of the global population is threatened already due to prolonged droughts in India and China alone. The scientist emphasized with hope, however, that we can still counter these dire tendencies.
Matthew Stein (M): If we do not reverse these trends there is a 100% guarantee that each individually will cause collapse, and collectively, there’s no chance. The chance is in making change. We must change the way we do business on our planet.
VOICE: Our thanks, Mr. Stein, for helping to further identify the multiple and imminent challenges faced by humanity today. May such insights prompt us to act quickly to avert such dangers and save our planetary home.
In this October 2009 videoconference in Indonesia, Supreme Master Ching Hai reaffirmed, as she often has, the most immediate way to reverse the present crisis of our Earth, by highlighting both its human-made cause and solution.