So all the discussion about droughts and water shortages across the world has rekindled discussion of what it would take to beat climate change and head off its related issues, including dwindling common resources. I’ve seen it said more than once that most people would not be willing to accept the change in lifestyle and consumption habits it would take to accomplish this. But it struck me that one of the reasons is that it’s not very common knowledge what it would look like. I’ve seen all sorts of implications, such as that it’d look more like a previous century than anything we’ve experienced over the last few decades, but only bits and pieces of what that actually entails.
So what WOULD it take for humanity (let’s say at current population levels, because a change in that would likely change the equation) to be able to live off the resources we currently have and/or stop climate change? What exactly WOULD the average person have to accept in terms of lifestyle and resource cutbacks? Is it feasible to expect this of them? Are those who don’t/won’t accept these cutbacks simply bad/selfish people who are standing in the way of solving a global extinction crisis?
I think this is an important issue, because having an honest and real projection is, I think, key to judging how hard it would be to achieve the goal. And yes, yes, sacrifice now will prevent equal sacrifice plus lots of death later, but this will also let us know how reasonable it is to expect the global population to swallow this.