How Does Pandemic Change the Big Picture?

Summary by Liz Couture, Drawdown Richmond Hill

Richard Heinberg, longtime author of Post-Carbon Institute writes gives insight about how the COVID-19 pandemic could be a game-changer (or just a blip?) and affect biodiversity loss, overpopulation, resource depletion, pollution, and a “global debt bomb” (! )


"As of 2019, the Big Picture for humanity was approximately as follows.Homo sapiens(that’s us), a big-brained bipedal mammal, had spent the Pleistocene epoch (from 2.5 million years ago until 12,000 years ago) developing its ability to control fire, talk, paint pictures, play bone flutes, and make tools and clothes. Language dramatically enhanced our sociality and helped enable us to invade and inhabit every continent except Antarctica. During the Holocene epoch (the last 12,000 years), we started living in permanent settlements, developed agriculture, and built state societies with kings, slavery, economic inequality, full-time division of labor, money, religions, and armies."


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