Great Depression isn't the half of it. Current world problems are;
(main quick energy source for transport) ~ Oil is also used to produce plastic, and a great many things are made of plastic.
(used to construct a great many things) ~ Copper, Aluminium, Tin, etc.
Greenhouse Gas Increase
(from factories and production plants) ~ Has a great many effects, as listed below, in order of cause and effect;
- Temperature Increase (we're receiving more heat from the sun than we're giving off) ~ Faster on land than in the seas and oceans
- Sea Level Rise (from the water expanding from temperatures rising as well as ice melting for the same reason) ~ Although land temperature increases will be slightly more devestating
- Crop Loss (as land temperature increases and sea levels rise, previously arible land will become deserts, or ocean shores)
- Mass Death from Malnutrician (many smaller nations will not be able to keep up food production or solicite world aid as the oil for transporting the food wont be available and many more will die) ~ entire countries in places like Africa may even disappear.
All through this will be social revolutions, governments blamed and overthrown, governments controlling resources just to be able to supply their countries with enough food to eat. There will be power blackouts in many places because the grid wont be able to support the energy consumption as climate change shifts rivers from damns, wind direction and strength changes away from some wind farms, and old fuel powerplants have little to no fuel. Disease will once again be a killer as painkillers and antibiotics made from crude oil will no longer exist. The old "bite the bullet" saying might come back into fashion and practical use.
The USA is in particular trouble with its consumption rate, level of debt, and the stupidity of the capitalists. Did you know a lot of land that is good for crops is now being used to plant trees for bio-fuels to run cars on, and that it wont actually be useable until beyond 2020? Did you hear about how the car production companies are asking for payouts in the billions
to pay staff in a dieing industry. The USA is in deep cr*p, and throwing money at the banks is indeed, only a temporary stop gap measure.
There are some
people who are working to create a sustainable society, and guess what, they're the ones who will survive the current worsening world crisis. Sadly, there aren't enough people taking initiatives for a sustainable society. It's going to cost more to keep running than anyone will ever make out of it, just because capitalists will want to make a profit.
Studies show that the ultimate sustainable society would be cities of no more than 30,000 people (being able to support itself without impacting the environment detrimentally). Two thirds of that population (20,000 people) would have to be involved in agriculture (growing food for everyone else) just to keep everyone alive. That's a lot of farmers.
Fun facts about climate change;
It happens over time anyway, we just messed up and put too much of the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and suddenly the planets ecosystem is unstable.
Rising sea level will make a lot of costal areas uninhabitale. All low-lying areas (below 2m above sea level) will either disappear, become uninhabitable, or decay away into the ocean over the next few hundred years.
All this will start happening and have a major impact within the lifetimes of everyone who will be alive in 5 - 6 years time (when it's all very much underway more horrifically than it already is).
Many people are not concerned about the impending crisis as they think it wont happen in their own lifetimes, and they don't really care about what happens to their children during that time, or are too concerned with their own lives and careers to even think about how their lifestyle will impact their children. The whole "not my problem" cliche.
Good luck to everyone here, and their families, in the coming years.