Te Industrial Era is endin.
Its extraordinar successes—advancesin literac, lie expectanc, uman rits, and tecnolo—ave propelled us eadlon into amriad o side eects: ood and water sortaes, cclonic destruction, proloned drout and risinsea levels. To dela acnowledin te need or liestle and business canes—“Te NecessarRevolution”—riss our ver survival.Wat onl a couple o decades ao was still a viorous scientic debate as become as close to aconsensus as scientic communities ever acieve: uman-induced climate cane rom reenouseases concentratin in te atmospere as reaced a tresold o sinicant social and economicimpact—and we are onl now at te start o experiencin te eects.Stabilizin atmosperic carbon dioxide will require a proound reversal: a 60–80% reductionin rowin worldwide emissions in te next twent ears. Tis is te “80–20 Callene,” and tismaniesto presents inspirin, real-lie examples o ow tis is startin to appen.:::Te Industrial Ae, te ae o te macine and mecanistic tinin applied to more and moreaspects o lie—rom te conversion o nature into “natural resources” to te recastin o umanbeins as insatiable “consumers”—is endin.Te mriad eects o tis istoric transition it te eadlines dail: proloned drouts, ood sort-aes, srocetin oil and ener costs, civil unrest, increasin weater instabilit, risin sea levels.Water, topsoil and oter critical raw materials—includin tose used in te manuacture o our iPod,cell pone and laptop computer—row scarcer as te “tae-mae-waste” drumbeat drones on lieit as or te past 250 ears. Just as te Iron Ae didn’t end because we ran out o iron, te Industrial Ae isn’t endin becauseo te decline in opportunities or urter industrial expansion. It is endin because individuals,
This article was adapted rom
The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organizations AreWorking Together to Create a Sustainable World
by Peter Senge,Bryan Smith, Nina Kruschwitz,Joe Laur, and Sara Schley, publishedby Doubleday in June 2008.