Matthew Koehorst enlightens us about panarchy – a philosophy about the cyclical nature of change.
It’s the end of the world as we know it. The world is rapidly changing. For example, carbon dioxide concentrations - necessary for the stability of breathable air on Earth - are fast on the increase. Atmospheric C02 concentrations are sitting somewhere around 387 parts per million. That’s higher than it’s been for at least 650 000 years, if not for the past 20 million years. If CO2 levels ever reach the 550 parts per million mark, (as predicted within the next 50 years) global temperatures will increase by an average of 6 degrees Celsius. That’s enough to kill off almost every organism that is alive today. The International Panel of Climate Change has built an irrefutable case that climate change as a result of human activity is a very real threat, and one which will change life on earth as we know it. We seem poised on the brink of some terrifying time in our history. So what now?