Humanity is currently a victim of the consequences of the excesses of the 2nd Industrial Revolution, a development especially based on the use of fossil fuels as an energy source. Access to that cheap kind of energy is the main reason why some of us have enjoyed so much wealth during the second half of the twentieth century and the first decades of the twenty-first century.
In the years when the world’s economies have shifted between growth periods and moments of crisis, we have forgotten that we had been granted a loan that we and the future generations will have to pay back.
Nature has lent us its resources, and instead of renewing them, we have turned them into the pollution that is poisoning us and the greenhouse effect, which is threatening the existence of all species as we know them, including our own.
Wealth is so unequally distributed in our big human family that only 200 people control as many as 5,000,000,000, and this inequality keeps growing every day.
More and more people are becoming aware of this situation and call their governments to action in order to change policies and find effective solutions. Conventions on climate change keep taking place, but with no effective results.