I have always thought that an economic model based on permanent growth is not viable. However, these have been second thoughts without real awareness of the current situation. Three years ago, in the summer of 2016, my friend Ásta from Iceland recommended me the book “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed” by Jered Diamond. This book shows the delicate balance that allows societies to survive. Two years later we found in Scotland the book “A Farewell to Ice: A Report from the Artic” by Peter Wadhams in a second-hand bookshop. This book describes the spiral of the death of the Arctic ice and its predictable impact on the environment and humanity. It is in this summer of 2018 when I realize that my children will surely suffer the consequences of the climate crisis. In recent years I have tried, together with my wife, to make our very modest contribution, changing the lifestyle and consumption habits, to mitigate this problem. This effort is probably useless, but it is necessary to feel that we are doing something instead of completely ignoring the problem.
This blog includes a list of documents, reports, conversations and web pages that I’ve found valuable for my personal understanding of the potential social and economical impact of the climate crisis.
Begues, August 2019