Humanity has made great progress in the last century. Population growth has been able to meet with improved access to food and resources. But the distribution is not equal, the same amount of work leads to completely different standards, depending on where you live.
In total, access to food, healthcare, education and production resources for the work has increased in most of the world. Nevertheless, there are major challenges ahead of us. The part of the world population now consuming the most resources must reduce its physical standard of living. This applies not only to Sweden but to Europe and the rest of the western world.
At the same time, human expansion means that other species are threatened with their survival and in many cases will be extinct. It is, above all, agriculture to feed the humans, which interfere with other species.
Being a part of nature is important. Nature survives without us, but we do not survive without nature.
Many of our problems are hidden by high energy consumption. This can not continue. A goal of consuming less than 2 kW / person in any country can be a first step. That is a total of less than 17 MWh / person as average for hole society. Not because we want it but it’s necessary.
The daily decisions we make in our lives affect the whole, although we find it hard to see our part.
The site mainly deals with these ongoing changes on a global scale. They affect our conditions now and in the future in ways that are rarely discussed.
The lack of interest in the questions may be related to the fact that social and personal decisions usually take place with a time perspective for a one or a few years. What happens in ten, twenty or fifty years takes little consideration even if that may be in our lifetime, and is quite certain in our children’s.
If we want our western model with democratic governance and a capitalistic economy to continue to claim, we need a longer-term approach than the present. Currently, this model is challenged by, for example, China’s ”state capitalism”.
The communities that make long-term decisions based on the changes, that are taking place, will have benefits. If we can not make the voters in our democracies look beyond a few years, we will get problems.
A smoker or an obese person has easy to continue with their habits, but if they are doing a lifestyle change, a longer life and much better life can be expected. To say that the damage is already done or that it is difficult to change, makes the problems worse. The same applies to the issues I raise.
Discussing the problems and changes that will come, and how they can be inserted into a long-term strategy and policy, should be given much higher priority than they have today.
This is party a translation of a Swedish website ”mina-funderingar.nu”.