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Interconnectedness of World Problems A Conceptual Map by Fritjof Capra Based on Plan B 3.0, by Lester Brown.

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1 Interconnectedness of World Problems A Conceptual Map by Fritjof Capra Based on Plan B 3.0, by Lester Brown

2 POTENTIAL UNRAVELING OF CIVILIZATION Failing States rivers running dry advancing deserts social inequality pollution regional & internat. conflicts habitat destruction overfishing deforestation overgrazing farmers vs. cities falling water tables lakes disappearing Climate Change Depletion of Resources Peak Oil Soil Erosion Water Scarcity Threats to Food Security Species Extinction Impact on Ecosystem Services Collapsing Fisheries Rise of Food Prices Climate Refugees Famine Rising Temperatures loss of personal security terrorismcivil conflict disintegration of law and order increase of energy costs diversion of grain to biofuel impact on oil intensive industries airlines automobiles industrial agriculture chaos in world grain markets shrinking grain harvest habitat alterations rising seas melting of ice polar ice glaciers Impact on irrigation by large rivers Fossil Fuels forest fires storms floods droughts heat waves economic devastation crop withering declining rainfall dust storms massive carbon release degradation of land damage to coral reefs water purification pollination flood control, etc. tears in the fabric of the web of life food riots illusion massive market failure failure to include social & envir. costs Economic Growth Corporate Growth linear thinking FINITE PLANET UNLIMITED GROWTH materialism, greed nonlinear patterns web of life ecological cycles Population Growth health challenges illiteracy lack of family planning waste “free trade” rules excessive consumption throw-away economy information technology financial networks no ethics demographic pressure Global Capitalism social exclusion HIV epidemic Poverty energy and resource intensive

3 linear thinking FINITE PLANET UNLIMITED GROWTH materialism, greed nonlinear patterns web of life ecological cycles The Fundamental Dilemma

4 illusion massive market failure failure to include social & envir. costs Economic Growth Corporate Growth linear thinking FINITE PLANET UNLIMITED GROWTH materialism, greed nonlinear patterns web of life ecological cycles Population Growth Three Kinds of Growth

5 illusion massive market failure failure to include social & envir. costs Economic Growth Corporate Growth linear thinking FINITE PLANET UNLIMITED GROWTH materialism, greed nonlinear patterns web of life ecological cycles Population Growth health challenges illiteracy lack of family planning waste “free trade” rules excessive consumption throw-away economy information technology financial networks no ethics demographic pressure Global Capitalism social exclusion HIV epidemic Poverty energy and resource intensive social inequality Depletion of Resources pollution Global Capitalism

6 illusion massive market failure failure to include social & envir. costs Economic Growth FINITE PLANET UNLIMITED GROWTH nonlinear patterns web of life ecological cycles Population Growth health challenges illiteracy lack of family planning information technology financial networks no ethics demographic pressure Global Capitalism social exclusion HIV epidemic Poverty social inequality Depletion of Resources Population Growth and Poverty

7 rivers running dry advancing deserts regional & internat. conflicts habitat destruction overfishing deforestation overgrazing farmers vs. cities falling water tables lakes disappearing Depletion of Resources Soil Erosion Water Scarcity Species Extinction Impact on Ecosystem Services Collapsing Fisheries dust storms degradation of land damage to coral reefs water purification pollination flood control, etc. Depletion of Resources

8 regional & internat. conflicts habitat destruction overfishing deforestation overgrazing farmers vs. cities Climate Change Depletion of Resources Soil Erosion Water Scarcity Collapsing Fisheries Climate Refugees Rising Temperatures shrinking grain harvest habitat alterations rising seas melting of ice polar ice glaciers Impact on irrigation by large rivers Fossil Fuels forest fires storms floods droughts heat waves economic devastation crop withering declining rainfall massive carbon release Global Climate Change

9 rivers running dry advancing deserts regional & internat. conflicts habitat destruction deforestation overgrazing farmers vs. cities falling water tables lakes disappearing Climate Change Soil Erosion Water Scarcity Threats to Food Security Species Extinction Impact on Ecosystem Services Climate Refugees Rising Temperatures shrinking grain harvest habitat alterations rising seas melting of ice polar ice glaciers Impact on irrigation by large rivers forest fires storms floods droughts heat waves economic devastation crop withering declining rainfall dust storms massive carbon release degradation of land damage to coral reefs water purification pollination flood control, etc. Global Climate Change

10 Rise of Food Prices diversion of grain to biofuel impact on oil intensive industries airlines automobiles industrial agriculture chaos in world grain markets food riots Fossil Fuels Peak Oil increase of energy costs Peak Oil

11 rivers running dry advancing deserts regional & internat. conflicts habitat destruction overfishing deforestation overgrazing farmers vs. cities falling water tables lakes disappearing Climate Change Depletion of Resources Soil Erosion Water Scarcity Threats to Food Security Species Extinction Impact on Ecosystem Services Collapsing Fisheries Rise of Food Prices Rising Temperatures shrinking grain harvest habitat alterations rising seas melting of ice polar ice glaciers Impact on irrigation by large rivers Fossil Fuels forest fires storms floods droughts heat waves economic devastation crop withering declining rainfall dust storms massive carbon release degradation of land damage to coral reefs water purification pollination flood control, etc. Threats to Food Security

12 POTENTIAL UNRAVELING OF CIVILIZATION Failing States Threats to Food Security Impact on Ecosystem Services Climate Refugees Famine loss of personal security terrorismcivil conflict disintegration of law and order water purification pollination flood control, etc. tears in the fabric of the web of life Failing States

13 POTENTIAL UNRAVELING OF CIVILIZATION Failing States rivers running dry advancing deserts social inequality pollution regional & internat. conflicts habitat destruction overfishing deforestation overgrazing farmers vs. cities falling water tables lakes disappearing Climate Change Depletion of Resources Peak Oil Soil Erosion Water Scarcity Threats to Food Security Species Extinction Impact on Ecosystem Services Collapsing Fisheries Rise of Food Prices Climate Refugees Famine Rising Temperatures loss of personal security terrorismcivil conflict disintegration of law and order increase of energy costs diversion of grain to biofuel impact on oil intensive industries airlines automobiles industrial agriculture chaos in world grain markets shrinking grain harvest habitat alterations rising seas melting of ice polar ice glaciers Impact on irrigation by large rivers Fossil Fuels forest fires storms floods droughts heat waves economic devastation crop withering declining rainfall dust storms massive carbon release degradation of land damage to coral reefs water purification pollination flood control, etc. tears in the fabric of the web of life food riots illusion massive market failure failure to include social & envir. costs Economic Growth Corporate Growth linear thinking FINITE PLANET UNLIMITED GROWTH materialism, greed nonlinear patterns web of life ecological cycles Population Growth health challenges illiteracy lack of family planning waste “free trade” rules excessive consumption throw-away economy information technology financial networks no ethics demographic pressure Global Capitalism social exclusion HIV epidemic Poverty energy and resource intensive


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