Suppose that, with the collapse of our civilization, the world looks like this…

How To Save The World

[…] Suppose that, by 2200, with the collapse of our civilization, the world looks like this:

  • Human population is back to 1800′s level of about one billion people, declining slowly by 1%/year (the reasons for this continuing decline are complex, and I may explore them in another article).
  • About 97% of the population is living as farmers, using a variety of catastrophic agriculture and permaculture methods. Cities are mostly abandoned and used as a source of materials for scavenging for one-off manufacture of essential products, since there is no oil to power industrial machinery to make new mass-produced goods.
  • A high quality of life has been achieved, due to the retention of knowledge about sanitation and disease prevention, and the abundance of scrap materials for building, making clothing etc. Most of our time is spent in leisure activities.
  • There are much lower chronic disease rates, due to less stress, less pollution, and improved nutrition. Frequent pandemic diseases, however, ravage humans, farmed animals and catastrophic-agriculture crops — Our descendents are still suffering from the effects of lost biodiversity during the last civilization, one of which is increased susceptibility to pandemics.
  • Societies are principally peaceful, and community-based. Everything is done on a small, local scale.
  • Because of drastically reduced contact between communities (motorized travel has ended, and long-distance communications and information technology has proved too expensive to maintain due to material shortages), the new societies are astonishingly diverse and heterogeneous.
  • Conflicts between communities are rarer, partly because contact is rarer, partly because lower population density and falling population means less stress on local resources, and partly because war technologies available for conflict have become unaffordable and fallen into disuse. The few conflicts tend to be between communities ravaged by monoculture crop diseases or severe climate events (mostly a consequence of what our civilization has done to our atmosphere) and nearby thriving permaculture communities…

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Thanks for posting this… I often think of how important it is to have different stories, different alternative futures, different glimpses of a future that we want. I started an anthology, a collection of stories where we would give out prizes for those best ones and perhaps include them in a book.. we never received 1. Perhaps its time to do it again…. stories, imagined stories of 10 or 20 years into the future. His notes would give story writers much material t play with, to imagine conversations, settings, certain dramas… perhaps a feeling of a sigh of relief.. rather than all the fear… or throw some fear in there as well. People write sci-fi sometimes to elucidate a tendency of our culture to we can SEE it bigger and more clear. I wonder how stories can assist us in SEEING possible future scenarios so we can continue (or not continue) what we are doing right now…. thanks for the inspiration…. perhaps you could use your blog as a way to gather stories for those fiction writers out there and give out a prize and have your bookstore publish the book, call it Mendoland Secedes from the US! and on and on….