Dystopian Future Upon Us… Its Sustainability or Bust



If movies reflect our collective unconscious, we are scared.

Why do I say this?

Well, according to Wikipedia, between 1930 and 2018 there have been 188 end of the world movies, over half in the last two decades alone.

Anyone who wants a more sustainable life and world, knows in their hearts a dystopian future is upon us if we don’t change the way we buy, invest and vote, and soon.

But like ever diminishing numbers of Key deer in Florida looking in the headlights of oncoming cars, we know are doomed and we are fascinated by it.

I know I am scared. I’ve done the calculation. In 2050, I will be 87 which means I could be around to see the End as predicted by many.

It is hard to accept this, yet the evidence is clear. Hurricanes, droughts, resource conflicts….  Nature doesn’t need us and is telling us in no uncertain terms.

Years ago, I might have written some theoretical pap about the a coming dystopian nightmare. It would have been unconvincing, not because I was wrong, but because no one believed any of these terrifying movies might coming true.

But our egos knew and the movies kept coming.

My analysis?

The emerging confluence of authoritarianism, hyper-consumerism, carbon, and willful ignorance will take us over the proverbial cliff and there is little we are able or willing to do about it. Random picks from my twitter feed this week sadly underscore our resignation:

  • A Europe to Asia Arctic passage is celebrated for lower shipping costs!
  • US vets vote against their own health care!
  • Immigrants and refugees are blamed for the wars in home countries!
  • Dole lauds sustainability but sells individually plastic wrapped potatoes (WTF?)!
  • Exxon gives $1 M to study a carbon tax: and is hailed as progressive!

Get the picture?

These are but examples. If you want the theory, read Umair Haque’s recent articles, he nails it.

Only an environmental religious rebellion will save us now.


  1. […] Since its inception in 1969, the prize has been awarded 50 times. Like the Nobel for the sciences, one needs an advanced degree to fully understand the details of the Laureates work, yet it is quite clear most have focused on theories of economic efficiency and risk. More colloquially, our best economic minds are being rewarded for figuring out how to produce more stuff with the least financial loss. […]


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