The Perfect Storm: Catastrophic Collapse in the 21st Century
This paper utilizes complex systems theory to argue that we are currently living in catastrophic collapse of the global system. It focuses on topics like climate chance, ecological destruction, pandemics, fuel shortages, warfate, and global hunger to illustrate the interconnections between multiple points of failure within the global system. The argument maintains that sustainability perspectives miss the fundamental reality of the global crisis.
||Sustainablity, Complex Systems, Global Warming, Climate Change, Pandemics
The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp.1-10.
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Associate Professor, Department of History, DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, USA
Glen Kuecker is an associate professor of Latin American history at DePauw
University. He has a BA degree from St. Olaf College and the Ph.D. from
Rutgers University. He conducts research and writing on 19th Century
Mexican urban history, and contemporary social movements. Professor
Kuecker is co-founder of the Intag Solidarity Network, which runs a human
rights program in Ecuador. He is co-founder of the Canary Institute, which
undertakes grassroots research about catastrophic collapse. He also
collaborates with the Globalism Institute, RMIT University, Melbourne,
Australia on sustainable community research. In writing this essay, Professor
Kuecker thanks Jake Gross, Juan Pedroza, Charlie Carlin, and Rich Cameron
for their comments on earlier drafts. Likewise, he thanks the readers for their
critical comments. He acknowledges their contribution while recognizing
limitations in his ability to fully incorporate their valued critiques. Finally, this essay is inspired by the life and example of Santos Tele Tax.
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