This is excellent and I am impressed with the clear statements from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). As we are struggling with the post-capitalist transition it is becoming much clearer to a majority of the population that massive change is essential for our survival. This level of change is an evolutionary process but the question is can we achieve an adequate acceleration of that change to a sustainable civilization. That is the test that we face.

Our population is becoming more open to the size of this change, the massive size of the climate crisis that we have created, and the critical need to replace all remnants of non-sustainable economics and social institutions. Overcoming the violent reaction of those unable to understand what is needed will be our focus for the next twenty years. Sadly that is about all of the time that we have.

We see examples of the problem in the responses here. Hopefully the steady rise of climate disasters will reduce the numbers of deniers but that will still leave the remnants of 20th century ideologies that distorted multiple generations. These will die off fairly quickly now but we are in a race for the survival of our planet’s biosphere.

That survival will require planetary resource management and massive population movement. It appears that the process is in motion now but that will be a pattern of isolating and quarantining problem populations. With luck that will be a process of self quarantine that we are beginning to see already. The real challenge will be to avoid violence that could become quickly suicidal.

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