As far as the nature/the planet is concerned, the human population is now of plague proportions, an infestation if you like. Population cycles or boom and bust are common in nature, the bust coming when a population has outstripped the resources available to it, and usually just after the point of peak growth.
It will come to mankind just like any other species. Arguably the naked ape is smart enough to avoid or at least cushion the worst of the crash. My own opinion is "oh really, on the evidence of what?"
Mode of crash - probably several acting in concert. Political unrest and war driven by overcrowding and resource shortage, exacerbated by climate change. This has begun already. Climate change acting directly on more marginal areas of the globe leading to mass starvation, and disease...... maybe several.
I am also accused of pessimism, but I call myself a realist.......
We are now in Braganca(and really in a DOSS house )but only £40 B&B and Spitty in a dry underground carpark
We only covered about 60 miles today but good scenery
A few photos for you
The car collection was interesting
Not my message Alan. For me this is a senseless virtue-signalling knee-jerk measure proposed with no understanding of the realities. Mankind generates about 5% of all CO2 emissions and The UK is responsible for about 0.4% in total (the planet cannot differentiate between natural and man-made emissions of course). That is an entirely insignificant amount and beggaring the populace in order to bring that to zero will make no measurable difference to anything. This is basically national suicide.
Pessimism is realism, to me. Maybe a global dictator could reign in consumption and human procreation, but democracy...unlikely. Seems to me a population crash is the most likely scenario, triggered by a natural disaster eg big equatorial volcano, > years withut summers >crop failures> famine > disease> mass migration> pandemic. Add in a Middle East war over water. And weather extremes from CC/GW impairing crop growth. A big population crash is surely inevitable. And so it will go on....
Do I read from you all that present technologies are incapable of meeting demand without continuing to fatally damaging the environment? What then do we need to save the planet for the future of mankind? Perhaps a really virulent pandemic, or perhaps the age old technology of population control - a global war?
It might be that mankind, in their rapidly expanding billions aided by successful medication is the problem and even if we solve the short term problems now then in another couple of decades there will be another billion or two to take over the baton in the race to destruction all over again.
As we have seen we cannot decide on relatively trivial items such as did the Russians helping Trump, or Brexit, or migration, how is the planet ever to agree on global measures that will be adhered to?
I am not a pessimist, but I'm not optimistic about the future.