The economy is the “canary in the coal mine” of climate change. No one is prepared for the devastating consequences of the collapse of the ecosystem and the economy. Government and business are committed to actions that will exacerbate the problem and cause tremendous hardship for the average person. By projecting where current trends are taking us, we can all take immediate personal actions to protect ourselves, our families and our communities.
Blake Davis, Adjunct Professor of Sustainability and Urban Agriculture
School of Applied Technology, Illinois Institute of Technology
Collapse of Complex Societies
The collapse of complex societies of the past can inform the present on the risks of collapse. Dr. Joseph Tainter, author of the book The Collapse of Complex societies, and featured in Leonardo Dicaprio’s film The Eleventh Hour, details the factors that led to the collapse of past civilizations including the Roman Empire.