Individual Global Crises Are the Result of a Failing Global System

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Introduction: When we solve problems we are taught to breakdown our issues into smaller components and analyze each piece separately in order to find a solution. This is a good method for problem solving, however, we must take into consideration that many problems are complex and their components intricately connected. It is essential that we put these pieces back together and analyze the problem as a whole to make sure we are not missing any critical information. In this paper I am going to explore many issues of global crises. I will argue that global crises such as environmental degradation, the diminishing of fossil fuels, food shortages, economic instability, and international terrorism are all the result of a failed global system. …show more content…

Human-caused global environmental changes are the result of a rapidly growing population and our high dependencies on non-renewable resources such as fossil fuels (Vitousek, 1994). We are part of a consumerist society which keeps us plugged into this dependency on cheap fossil fuels (Ahmed, 2012). Our intensive industrial and agricultural activities cause us to exploit the Earth’s resources, and we cannot continue on this path. Ahmed (2012) explains that this does not mean the end of the world, but it does mean that this is the end of a particular form of industrial civilization which is based upon the idea of unlimited growth.
Diminishing Fossil Fuels: Ahmed (2012) argues that we have reached peak oil, and states that even BP’s data shows we reached a peak in 2004 followed by a few years of plateau and we are now in the beginning of a descent. Shafiee and Topal (2009) created a model for estimating the depletion of fossil fuels. With their model they have calculated that oil, coal, and gas reserves will be exhausted in approximately 35, 107 and 37 years, respectively. We are already beginning to suffer the economic consequences of the world’s declining fossil fuel reserves, with a significant increase in gas prices since the 80’s (Tepperman and Curtis,

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