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Intentional Ignorance

November 6, 2012

I wrote this essay to offer some essential information about our world and the future of our species, adding my voice to the many cries of alarm over the environmental crisis (lately reaching criticality). [More…]

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About The Blog

Welcome to  www.futureofhumanity.org!

This new version of an old environmental website I owned and maintained since about 2002 is a blog . It’s an outgrowth of a distribution list, to which I sent environmental messages for several years. The blog, at its core, has two themes:

  • Assessing the future of humanity on planet Earth
  • Discussing the roles of population growth and per capita resource use growth in that future

It is intended to be educational in nature and contains links to web sites with information and organizations dealing with environmental issues around the world, with a concentration on the United States.

The original web site was up and running for a number of years, with relatively limited and static content for the last few. It was converted in November 2012 to the current web/blog format, to make it easier for readers to access old postings and to post their own comments.

Most postings are written by me, sometimes with significant excerpting from other sources, usually with links to the originals, but more often containing original material by the current author. Occasionally a guest writer’s contribution will be posted.

If you would like a quick cartoon video of what it’s all about, click this link.

Blog Launch Initial Posting: “Intentional Ignorance”

Please click to read my initial contribution to the blog, “Intentional Ignorance,” a summary statement of my understanding of where humanity sits at this critical turning point in our history.

Educational Materials Section

Please check out the postings at our Educational Materials Section.

They include:

  • A slide show on the “Fate of Humanity”
  • A chapter from my book Humanity’s Environmental Future titled “Misplaced Values.”
  • A substantive tutorial by guest author, Dr. Albert Bartlett, on “The Meaning of Sustainability“.
  • Notable quotes from a variety of writers: “Environmental Quotes
  • Related Links
  • Links to other web sites of interest to readers

  • Added 19 April 2015: check this short new cartoon video of what it’s all about, what humanity is facing in the next generation or so.

If you know of some good quotes, send them along.

Here’s a sampling:

“We’re in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyone’s arguing over where they’re going to sit.” — David Suzuki

“What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” — Henry David Thoreau

And there’s this:

Reporter: “What do you think of Western civilization”
Mahatma Gandhi: “I think it would be a good idea.”


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— Ross McCluney