Pale Blue dot

March 12, 2011 · 0 comments

I’m not a pessimist by nature, but I sincerely believe the earth is bound for a major disaster in the coming 2 decades. It is running beyond control.
The 2 major events that convinced me have been a discussion with one of the strategic planners of Shell, who convinced me that “there is no silver bullet” and secondly… flying over the Amazon.

And meanwhile the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant would be melting down and Crude oil petrol output is in a rut.

At the same time Petrobras is adding every month new oil rigs (while flying from Florianopolis to Rio on a blue-sky day last Friday, I was impressed by the number of tanker ships and rigs I could see). Surely good for Brazil and the Brazilians, to be seen if such will also be good for PBR shareholders.

Fact is: challenging times ahead for the Pale Blue Dot.

And no, I don’t believe change will come from governments pumping up support of alternative energy sources. The only solution is a massive downscale of our consumption patterns and stopping the ever increasing number of people on this planet. We all know deep down that the only thing each single one of us will be… greasing the rails towards the crash of our Pale Blue dot; it’s in our genes.

Exaggeration? Seriously, look at this excellent Spanish documentary of last month going in to detail how product design is focused on decreasing the life span of products. I’m still waiting for the day where I can buy the car that will be promoted as “lasts 15 years”.

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