The aim of this blog is to explore thoughts and promote discussion of what I think is the most important issue we face as a society: the effect we are having on our environment and its habitability by future generations. My training was as a Physicist, and later in my career I studied an MBA. As a result, my take on it stems from those two roots, and has branched out in to related fields.
Fundamentally, I see the issue as a thermodynamic problem, which is exacerbated by feedback and network effects in our ecosystem. This means there is a non-trivial probability of a catastrophic collapse, and therefore a precautionary approach should be taken.
I’m sure many people share my basic belief that people are bright enough to work this out for themselves, given access to full information, and the market will generally do the rest. However there are powerful forces which pervert this and entrench a way of living which has worked very well in the past (for rich / developed countries), but cannot work in the future for 9 billion people.
So we need to make sure that the sunlight of reason and data is widely disseminated, and that this ultimately builds pressure on decision makers to act differently. The aim of this blog is to contribute in some small way to the monumental efforts already made by wiser people than me, for we all stand on the shoulders of giants.