Most of the people who read my blog are fairly well off financially. If you have a computer and are on the internet you are dealing with things that you can't eat. That probably means you have more than you absolutely need, probably quite a bit more.
Most of the people in the world who have more than they need are taking more than their fair share of what the world has in it and wasting it. If you do a lot of that, you are probably robbing other people of what they need to survive. You are also robbing yourself of a good future.
I think the worst example of this is with vehicles, personal vehicles. I live in the USA where I see people mostly driving around in heavy multiple passenger vehicles all alone. When I sit at bus stops I see almost every vehicle going by with only one person in it.
A lot of what we depend on for our daily lives comes from petroleum. One of those is plastics. We don't know how to make those without oil. Take a look around you at the plastics that you use every day. What happens if you can't replace them any more?
If you are tearing around in a heavy car or truck every day by yourself, you are guaranteeing that you will have to find out how life without plastics will be.
It takes millions of years to make oil and gas. We are using it up much faster than we can get more of it.
Some of you may have already heard the above about limited resources. If you understood how limited, you would not be using your cars the way you still are using them.
If you want to live out your normal life span without getting nuked, you will have to cut down on your energy use, especially for transportation. If you are working on the, "eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we may die", theory - stop it. This will not work. You will still have time to have a cold, dark, hungry, and otherwise miserable time before you die.
Some readers already know about Hubbert's pimple theory of peak oil and the rapid decline of available oil and gas. Since he was off by about ten years in his graphs of what is happening with world oil and gas production, some people like to say he is discredited. I don't think so.
This is because our peak oil production in the world was delayed by about ten years. This was due to "advances" in oil and gas production methods, like fracking and cracking. Those technological advances only bought us another ten years, they didn't stop anything. We have already hit peak oil production in the world and are going into a decline.
That means for every gallon or liter of oil you use, somebody else will have that much less to use. Russia has expressed through Pravda, that they expect World War III to start over the North Pole and the oil, gas, and minerals there.
If Americans think Afghanistan and Iraq were hard on us, we had better pay attention to what is looming on the horizon.
Every time you drive alone to the store, in your van that seats nine, because you forgot to get toothpicks or soda pop you are voting for World War III.
That gas you are burning is something that other people want too.
Are you willing to fight for your "right" to drive around wasting gas? Are you willing to give your life for it? Are you willing to give the lives of your loved ones for it?
I think we can do better than we are doing now.