L. Aillet, Vice President
Vice-president in charge of the board
Health Safety Environment Director
Can we know without believing?
Can we know since childhood that Humanity devours the capital as well as the pension that Nature seemed to offer us? Can we feel in revolt against this and in consequence commit studies and all professional life to do the best to limit such appetite excess? Can we start a family, observing all indicators passing from green to orange then from orange to red? Thus can we know by studying official reports data, attentive reading of thinkers essays, interested media show and observation of people as they are and not believe that the end of exponential growth in a finite space will arrive in our time in spite of all noticed convergences?
The answer in my case is yes. I knew but I did not believe… but happens a slight moment of reflection, a meeting or a reading in excess and suddenly denial is not possible anymore.
Would we have been able to change our behavior when we were warned of the consequences by thinkers and researchers in the 70s (e.g.: Meadows report commanded to the MIT by the Club of Rome in 1972)? The question is vain. The answer exists and is called “Reality”. It’s time to find some humility to recognize that it doesn’t remain more than managing the very special period that is going to be the end of all plentiful resources, renewable or not, for our globalized capitalo-technological civilization. Of the crisis which is coming, we still feel only forerunners. It will be global and systemic. It will transform totally our lifestyles, and thus our political and philosophic conceptions. It will affect every individual on this planet (but more the trader in New York than the horse-backed nomad in Mongolia).
The experts and the persons in charge having failed to reset the path of the world (and in a way I am part of this), it seems to me that it’s now time for the topic to be taken in hand by every citizen with an enlightened mind.
Each must be able to understand that he still can, either undergo the dystopia type he will let build for him and his descent (thanks to the return of unconscious collective repression, the pop culture abounds now in proposals each more imaginative than the others: Mad Max, Green Soylent, The Road… without forgetting the crisis time good old fascism with its lot of sacrificed scapegoats like in Hunger Games), or, maybe, take advantage of the decomplexity that will follow the collapse to settle the micro-utopias dreamed by the XIXth century idealists (and there, it’s impossible to know without trying).
In brief the Adrastia committee may be a place among others for exchanges between all good wills, a seed in a desert to happen…