Kirkpatrick Sale; The Collapse of 2020

The May 2020 episode of Nature Bats Last on the Progressive Radio Network featured a discussion with Kirkpatrick Sale about what we believe to be the unfolding collapse of industrial civilisation and his latest book on the subject titled “The Collapse of 2020”.
The episode is embedded here:

For additional reference, I quoted his article posted on December 19 2019 on Counter Punch titled Political Collapse: The Centre Cannot Hold.

Collapse of 2020 Kirkpatrick Sale
Kirkpatrick Sale has a Facebook page where people can follow his work on social media. The page is embedded here:
Kirkpatrick has kindly agreed to come back on the show towards the end of the year assuming this set of living arrangements is still hanging together and that’s a big ‘if’, considering how precarious the situation is today and we will have witnessed another Arctic Sea Ice melt season by then. More information on the cascading effects of the loss of sea ice can be accessed here; Cascading Consequences of the Loss of Arctic Sea Ice.
Feel free to subscribe to this blog and leave a question for Kirkpatrick in the comments section below. I will endeavour to address them on our subsequent interview, should fate allow it to proceed.
“The Collapse of 2020” can be purchased here

I'm an anti-imperialist, environmental activist and blue ocean sailor, who is passionate about the earth and all it's inhabitants without favour. Brace for imminent impact as we bare witness to the non-linear unraveling of the biosphere and habitability disappearing for most if not all complex life on the only habitable planet we know of. To quote President Niinistö in North Russia: ‘If We Lose the Arctic, We Lose the World’. Folks we have lost the Arctic.

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3 comments on “Kirkpatrick Sale; The Collapse of 2020
  1. John Ost says:

    Learning to control fire, which long preceded agriculture, I regard as the critical turning point in the biological and cultural evolution of humans. Cooking food appears to have entered human evolution about 2 million years ago. Richard Wrangham makes a good case for this in his book “Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human”.

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  2. Kevin Hester says:

    “How Climate Change Is Contributing to Skyrocketing Rates of Infectious Disease
    A catastrophic loss in biodiversity, reckless destruction of wildland and warming temperatures have allowed disease to explode. Ignoring the connection between climate change and pandemics would be “dangerous delusion,” one scientist said.”
    As we discussed on the show;

    https://www.propublica.org/article/climate-infectious-diseases?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR3eNnWQq9kIfxbbx0QMh3eVUXGYLjyFL-TDi9syw2NeVhfaCb2Io8ZVlEs#951166

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  3. And even in the midst of this Pandemic, the US Forest Service continues to destroy forests to ‘save’ them from burning down…which causes them to burn worse. The Stupid is so painful it burns the inside of my skull to think about!

    Bozeman Watershed Project Spills Bad Blood

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/05/19/bozeman-watershed-project-spills-bad-blood/
    ____________

    During this last couple of months, this ‘stay-at-home’ order and non-essential business closures with The Trump Greater Depression slamming down worldwide not just in the US, I see loaded logging trucks continue to drive by heading for the mills as the Hedge Fund vultures clearcut like it was the 1960s around here. So wiping out habitat is an essential business I’m guessing? Boggles the mind!

    And then there was this article ten days ago:

    As the Earth Dies…
    https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/05/11/as-the-earth-dies/

    It’s about a new book out: The Robbery of Nature, John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark (Monthly Review Press)
    ___________

    And I’m nearly through another ‘old’ enviro-collapse book from 2013 titled: The Race for What’s Left; The Global Scramble For The World’s Last Resources by Michael T. Klare. Another used book from Powell’s in Portland that I hadn’t read. Detailed reality, the corporate who, what, and where and very ugly indeed. Seven years later it has only gotten worse. Of course, what else isn’t new? Reading books like these that are now considered outdated gives me a hell of a viewpoint because authors tend to try to keep upbeat about ‘winning’ the fight against the global wealthy polluters, and to see the place they were standing to how much farther down the road towards total collapse we’re at now is…well, daunting I guess you could say.

    So what does one do to keep from stuffing your head into the ground like an ostrich? There is SO much going on all around the planet that it is impossible to keep up with even if you do nothing else but read from one article to another and not sleep a wink at night, much less read recent history and the thoughts of those who thought maybe it could change for the better.

    And nothing did. At all. In any way. Except for the worse. Even knowing it’s coming this sucks, Kevin!

    And just to make things a bit more ‘interesting,’ imagine trying to avoid a pandemic with this happening:

    Unfortunately, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season could be record-breaking

    https://megaphone.upworthy.com/p/2020-atlantic-hurricane-season
    __________

    Wow. All I’ve been doing is fire break clearing the last month in between alternating 85’F heat waves and deluge T-storms through the month of April to now. Rained again, t-storm micro-burst for about an hour, just before dark this evening. Been getting those since last week. But at least it ain’t burning and I won’t get hit by a hurricane…

    sealintheSelkirks

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Kevin Hester

Kevin Hester is currently living on Rakino Island, a small island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand, monitoring the unravelling of the biosphere and volunteering at the Rakino Island Nursery is currently developing a proposal to create a marine reserve near by. The Island has no grid tied electricity or reticulated water.  I catch my own water from the roof and generate my electricity from the ample solar radiation on the island.

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