Lately, I've been growing depressed and anxious. About my financial situation? My health? Nope - it's about climate change and resource depletion. I'm becoming convinced that we will eventually reach a tipping point and the world economy will collapse and that there will be a massive human die-off because there simply won't be any more oil. Cheap energy is the foundation of our civilization, and it's being wasted at a terrifying rate even as the reserves dwindle.
But it's not really the collapse and the die-off that scare me. I live in central Illinois, surrounded by some of the most fertile farmland in the world, and I'm close to the Great Lakes, the largest reservoir of fresh water in the world. I think I'll do OK when it happens. The thing that's got me concerned is my children's futures. I have two kids, and I love them so much that it hurts to think that they'll be faced with uncertainty and catastrophic change. I'm sure humanity will survive - we're too smart and adaptable not to. However, we may be back to living conditions as they were 100 years ago, which IMO is not really bad at all - from a historical perspective, things were much more peaceful back then.
It's strange; I'm almost bipolar about it. I go from gut-twisting anxiety to elation when I read about new plans for wind farms or the increase of green buildings and solar collectors. I'm envious of those Europeans whose governments have invested in renewable energy, because they will help considerably to soften the landing, and I get terribly angry at the US for wasting money fighting wars when we could be doing the same and for not encouraging Americans to conserve.
Is anyone else worried about this? If so, what do you do to relieve your anxiety?
ps - sorry of this is has depressed you