12,019 years in the making…
Throughout mankind’s history, populations have continually battled the challenges of sustaining their communities with vital resources without compromising the health of their surrounding environment. These Human challenges have become critical to solve as the global population rises, socioeconomic divisions persist, and our toll on Earth’s resources risks regional and global ecological devastation: climate change, ocean acidification, deforestation, industrial monoculture and loss of biodiversity, to name a few. After thousands of years living in societal form, Humans continue to face a world struggling to improve upon our global relationship; politically and environmentally.
- Increased populations resulting in stressed or depleted fresh water sources, and unsustainable trends in food and resources demands
- Continued economic/social development, urbanization, and consumerism leading to an exponential growth in energy demand, waste production, social inequality, and global environmental degradation from recent policy failures
- Deficiency in education and social awareness of sustainability, and implementing innovative technologies, rather than utilizing fossil fuels to meet energy needs
- Global climate change and its associated geo-political consequences, reduced land/resource availability, and saltwater intrusion
- Mass monoculture and expansion of agro-industry threatening biodiversity and entire ecosystems
The millennia of humanities’ technological advancement have led to rapid adaptation and manipulation of the environment, such that the condition of our immediate surroundings no longer limits our growth. Such advancement, coupled with economic development and consumerism has facilitated excessive waste production, amplified anthropogenic pollution, and impoverished under-represented populations. However, it has also produced a wealth of technologies, paving the way for humanity to solve these historic challenges to ultimately decrease the impact of Human Modernity and achieve Global Sustainability.