there's a report out which analyses how the world could be 20 years from now, shaped by the combined effects of population growth, urbanisation, climate change, economic instability, shrinking natural resources and a changing political economic landscape due to the emergence of asia.
U.S. Intelligence Agencies See a Different World in 2030 - Bloomberg
whether you agree on the details or not it seems pretty clear that many of us will experience major change in lifestyles as a result of these factors. a culture of 'growth', increasing population but fixed or diminishing water supply and other natural resources means that sooner or later a wall will be hit.
Limits to Growth Author Dennis Meadows Says that Crisis Is Approaching - SPIEGEL ONLINE
So what should we do
- pretend it wont happen
- try to ensure a soft landing for ireland (e.g. retreat from the globalised economy and strive for self sufficiency and sustainability within our own borders)
- lobby international bodies such as the un to take sustainability seriously
- grab as much of that growth as we can so we can buy our way out when the resource shortage hits
- something else ?