Ecological collapse

I WOULD love to let the matter rest as Brian Beck asks (letters, July 1) but I fear I cannot.

A recent report cited in the Independent last Friday confirms that the CO2 emitted by humans is affecting the climate. We are not talking about a debate which is merely theoretical, but a matter that directly affects all of us, and which indeed impacts on all of life, not just us. It is not just something to play tit-for-tat with in the local paper.

I have just returned from a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Peak Oil and a presentation by Dr Graham Turner of the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation reassessing the Club of Rome’s 1972 ‘Limits To Growth’ report.

Tracking the ‘business as usual’ policy which has prevailed since the publication of LTG, it is apparent that the 1972 report was quite accurate and that we are looking at global ecological and economic collapse from around 2020, with technological and marginal change only likely to make things worse.

Dr Turner said that it was possible to avoid this scenario by introducing a sustainable economic model but that this was very unlikely to happen.

The fact that the melting of the Arctic ice is being seen as a major new opportunity to grab oil and minerals is morally shocking, but, in the light of the above, hardly surprising.

Forewarned should be forearmed. Government, big business and the democratic process won’t bring about change. The Transition Town strategy of resilient action by communities is therefore the most sensible route into the future, and that includes renewable energy geneneration on a local scale, as Ovesco is doing.

Whether we can do enough in the time available is impossible to say, but we can really do without sniping from the sidelines.

Dirk Campbell, Lewes