A new study by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center argues that a combination of socio-economic stratification (haves vs. have-nots) and resource consumption are likely to lead to the collapse of our civilization. Other studies (like this and this) have come to the same conclusion, putting the timeline in the 15 year range. Can we avoid this? The SESYNC‘s study states that,
Collapse can be avoided and population can reach equilibrium if the per capita rate of depletion of nature is reduced to a sustainable level, and if resources are distributed in a reasonably equitable fashion.
Given how our current society is doing the exact opposite, forgive me if I’m a bit pessimistic…
You can read more about this latest study here.