"On the banks of the Volga in 1921, a refugee community was visited by an American newspaper correspondent who had come to write about the Russian famine. Almost half the people in this community were already dead of starvation. The death rate was rising. Those still surviving had no real prospect of prolonged longevity. In an adjacent field, a lone soldier was guarding a huge mound of sacks full of grain. The American newsman asked the white-bearded leader of the community why his people did not overpower this one guard, take over the grain, and relieve their hunger. The dignified old Russian explained that the sacks contained seed to be planted for the next growing season. `We do not steal from the future,' he said."
William R. Catton, Jr., Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1980), 3.
Right now, today, we are stealing from the future. From the future of our children and grandchildren, both born and unborn. When are we going to stop it? When are we going to seek to live in balance with the world that we depend on for our survival? It won't be easy to change, but what choice do we have? Continue with business as usual? If you want that, vote for Scott Walker, or vote for Tony Evers. They will continue to do what they have always done and you will get more of the same.
But if you want to be the change, if you want to leave this world better than you found it, then join with me, with your friends, with your family, and with your neighbors to let go of what you've been told government, economics, and the social contract are and awaken to the possibilities of what we can be today, and of what we can leave for our children.
Some Readings on the Environmental Collapse
Some Approaches to Address the Problem