This is the first of three planned blogs to focus on three crucial levers to a sustainable and ample life for our children and grandchildren.
Over their lifespans—the next 70 years—they are going to need to negotiate three major transitions in human civilization:
- The transition to large-scale sustainable energy flows
- Managing the massive impact of human civilization on the environment which created and sustains us
- Maintaining global governance systems that enable humans to meet these challenges.
Regarding energy, there can be little doubt that only solar energy is large enough to sustain a growing and more widely prosperous human civilization, though solar can be supplemented by wind, nuclear, some biomass, and possibly geothermal energy sources. But the transition to this sustainable regime will leverage off the fossil fuel foundation and will take a few decades.
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