5.Environmental stress—From worsening damage to our land, water,forests, and fisheries.6.Energy stress—From the increasing scarcity of conventional petroleumproducts.2. Most people don’t want to acknowledge the reality we face.“People don’t seem to realize it that it is not like we’re on the
and wehave to avoid the iceberg,” says Rob Watson, CEO and Chief Scientist of TheEcoTech International Group, who Pulitizer-Prize winning author Tom Friedmancalls one of the best environmental minds in America. “We’ve
already hit theiceberg
. The water is rushing in down below. But some people just don’t want toleave the dance floor; others don’t want to give up on the buffet. But if we don’tmake the hard choices, nature will make them for us.”It’s difficult to imagine that we are in the midst of the biggest shift in humanhistory, but here we are.John Petersen is President and Founder of the prestigious Arlington Instituteand is considered to be one of the most informed futurists in the world.In his book,
A Vision for
2012, he says, “Converging trends strongly suggestthat the world – and our country – are about to experience the greatest changeand disruption known in our history. The next half dozen years will likely seerapid, global climate change coupled with the beginning of the end of thepetroleum era and a reorganization of the planetary energy regime, a major shock to the global financial system, unprecedented food prices, and the growingpossibility of wild card events.” [Wild card events are things that are essentiallyunpredictable, but could happen, such as a pandemic or world war that wiped outa large portion of the population].3. Other people feel hopeless about the future and have given up.It’s no accident that depression is on the rise throughout the world. More andmore people are feeling the affect of these changes and many people feel likegiving up. They lose themselves in the escapes of alcohol and drugs, T.V., andthe Internet. Men who have been most successful are often the most vulnerable.“Women seek help—men die.” This conclusion was drawn from a study of suicide prevention. They found that 75% of those who sought professional helpin an institution for suicide prevention were female. Conversely 75% of thosewho committed suicide in the same year were male. Since depression is asignificant risk factor for suicide and men receive less treatment for depressionthan do women, it is clear that men are particularly susceptible to feels of hopelessness and despair that can lead to death.