The past few years, we have been hearing stories that relate to the environment and how our resources are depleting. The truth is, we haven’t been listening. As a species, we haven’t been believing the claims that have been made since the late 1960’s. Now more than ever, is a crucial time in our history to save and try to manage our situation. We currently are continuing to produce and grow, but we don’t see the damage that it is actually causing. We are in a situation, as Chris Martenson said, that doesn’t have any more solutions, but outcomes that we have to now learn how to manage.
Economy, Energy and the Environment. Three aspects of our life that are extremely important for our existence as the human race. These EEE’s, are interconnected to each other and all affect each other. We as a capitalist country love growth and productivity increasing. It is good for our economy, because without a good economy we can’t live to the standards that we are used to. Unfortunately to continue our growth we need to increase our energy in order to use the resources in the environment that run our economy. For example, we need oil which is an important resources for our economy to function the way we like. For our economy to grow, we need to pump more oil so we can trade and use it for other reasons. In order to pump that oil we are using up a lot of energy, because as Chris Materson said, for our machines to work. If the environment has less resources for us, we can’t produce as much because there isn’t as much oil. Without a lot of oil we can’t grow and produce as much. Our energy is being used up by pumping the last drops of oil our planet has left. The EEE’s all affect each other based on the resources we have and how much we try to grow and use up.
I have been using terminology that Chris Martenson used. Who is Chris Martenson? He is a scientist who is dedicated to conveying his opinions and discoveries with the public so we understand the predicament we are in (1). He received a PhD and “post-doctoral program” at Duke University in neurotoxicology (1). He has spent years on studying what our planet can maintain and how many resources our world has left. He has thoroughly depicted what our future holds for us and what we need to do to manage the outcomes. A man who went from being the Vice President of a Fortune 300 company, and living in basically what is a mansion, and then moving to a small rental apartment and living what we call simplistically in order to help our current cause (1). Not only has he been trained in the field of science, but he lived and felt the difference between living large and living smart.
In what Chris Martenson calls the “Crash Course” he clearly states the problem and what our future holds. His overall message states how our productivity continues to increase, like the graph above, yet we are reaching a peak of the amount of oil we are drilling. He says that eventually there will be a cap and we won’t be able to drill and produce more. This will eventually slow down growth tremendously. It will slow down trade and all aspects of life that help us run a fast pace, growing society. Chris Martenson states that every graph that relates to the EEE’s has what he calls the “Hockey Stick Graph” (2).
It is basically an exponential graph, showing how in the last few years we have doubled our productivity level compared to the last twenty years. He uses the example that if he were to drop magic water in his hand and it doubles every minute, the increase will exponentially increase; there used to be two drops that turned into four drops, but six minutes later there are 64 drops (2). That is a huge jump; that jump what is occurring with our population, but that is linked to the amount of people we have to support through our planet’s resources. In the later videos, he explains how data has shown that eventually, within the next twenty years, we will have reached a peak and uses the analogy of a cap of the production of oil (2). That cap will force us to use less energy because we don’t have enough oil. If we continue to produce and drill oil at the same rate for the next twenty years, we will be using more than our means in terms of resources. In the last video, he explains how we live in a world where we must grow and produce more as the years go on; but Chris Martenson says how we are entering an era where we can’t grow because of what the future holds, lack of oil (2). The two connect and cause what is depleting resources, growing without the means. It is a problem that we are currently in and will exponentially grow worse within the next decade or two. Chris Martenson explains how we will probably be forced to live a standard of living less than the one we are used to now, because we will have no more resources to drive our productivity which would grow our economy (2). This is a perfect example of the EEE’s and how they relate and directly connect to each other.
I agree whole-heartedly with Chris Martenson, because we are acting naive and thinking we have more time than we actually do. If we think in the sense that as the years pass we double every time, time is a lot shorter than anticipated. I agree with the idea that we continue to increase consumption and productivity which causes depletion of resources at such a fast rate, we can’t even return to our “old ways”. We will have to deal with our predicament. As Chris Martenson says, “A problem has solutions, while a predicament has outcomes,” (2), we are now in a predicament, we can’t completely fix, but we can manage. I think we need to begin with accepting a less lavish lifestyle and live within our means, regarding our resources and being more conscience of how energy is being used up rapidly by individuals and how that energy deplete more resources to satisfy our lives.
1) Martenson, Chris. 2007. Retrieved Nov 24, 2011. http://www.chrismartenson.com/about
2) Martenson, Chris. 2007. Retrieved Nov 24, 2011. http://www.chrismartenson.com/crashcourse
3) Withgott, J. & Brennan, S.2010. Environment: The science behind the stories. 4th Ed. San Francisco: Pearson Education