Fossil fuels have powered human growth and ingenuity for just over 300 years. We have reached the end of cheap and abundant oil and coal supplies, so from now on in things will be different. While there is a real risk that we will end up with a train wreck, there’s still time to control our transition to a post-carbon future.
I was shocked into the realisation that we have screwed it all up in such a small time-frame when they mention that from the beginning of the industrial revolution to now is only an amount of time equivalent to about 3 human lifetimes. Just 3 lifetimes! However, this just goes to show that humanity can change quickly, but this time, I hope, for the better.
What the future will be is anyone’s guess. It may be a train wreck or it could be utopia, but all I know is that we are in for one hell of a bumpy ride.