Enkele quotes uit een naar mijn idee boeiend artikel over de relatie tussen enerzijds ons op schuld gebaseerde en van groei afhankelijk financieel economisch systeem en anderzijds energie (en grondstoffen):
As Western societies are based on continuous economic expansion, reaching these limits is likely to herald alarming consequences touching all aspects of life as we know it. As long as societies perceive economic growth as the most important thing and link this growth exclusively to increased consumption, the resulting disillusionment will be exceedingly painful, with globalization likely making this a pain felt by all.
- This interconnectedness created by globalization has changed (and in some ways improved) our ability to tackle local problems as such problems no longer occur in a vacuum.
For example, if crop failure or flooding affects one state, other areas experiencing a production surplus can easily provide aid.
- However, interconnectedness also has its darker side. It not only leads to increased energy consumption (to help move goods great distances among other things) but also increases the dependence of individual regions on one another. If consumption growth, for example in the energy sector, is no longer possible, it disrupts the functioning of other sectors of the global system, creating a ripple effect.
In de toekomst zal ik nog wel eens wat uitgebreider stilstaan bij bovenvermeld artikel.