Oil is running out, now what do we do?

Oil is running out, now what do we do?

We are draining the oil and gas reserves that nature took millions of years to produce, inevitably approaching the end of an era.

According to the estimates of various specialists, between five and twenty-five years from now, a process of decline in the productive capacity of wells will begin worldwide, which will mean the beginning of the end of our societies as we know them.

At the same time, the planet is showing constant signs of saturation in its ability to absorb and recycle the residual elements of human activity, including the production of gases generated by the burning of hydrocarbons.

We then have a forced opportunity for change. And it is very important that we make a correct evaluation of what is really the change that we have to make so that the future of humanity, which at the moment appears quite uncertain, takes better perspectives.

The alternatives are on the table, we can replace, although not without complications, hydrocarbons by other means of energy production such as nuclear, mega-dams, biofuels and thus continue until the planet says enough, once and for all .

Or we can generate energy in a less polluting way, such as micro-hydro, wind, solar, tidal, geothermal and many others that could take advantage of the conditions of the place, without producing negative impacts on the environment.

Of course, this second option would be more complicated, not only because of the interests and economic groups that would be affected by this change, but also because the energy produced could not reach the levels of the previous one and we should adapt our societies to a new reality.

The existence of today's megalopolises would no longer be possible, where tens of millions of people are crowded together and without the possibility of self-sustaining their consumption of energy, food, or water. We should then also change the current model of land ownership, production, consumption, that is, the socioeconomic model in which we live.

A geographical redistribution of the human population that would allow the formation of practically self-sustaining communities appears as the most logical option.

But what is done or not in environmental matters is determined by governments, generally managed by multinationals whose objective is always to obtain the highest possible profits.

And this is the vicious circle that we must cut if we want to build more just, supportive and environmentally sustainable societies. It is we, the peoples, who must govern ourselves. And for that we must participate. It is not only by voting our representatives every so often that we are going to achieve it. Participate in proposals, participate in action, participate in planning, control and decision-making in which our future is at stake. If we really want change, we must all participate.

Ricardo Natalichio

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