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Our American way of life—300+ million people enjoying historically unprecedented living standards—is NOT sustainable because the ecological resources and economic resources upon which it depends will not be available going forward. As supplies associated with the ecological resources and economic resources that currently enable our way of life become increasingly scarce, we will experience escalating lifestyle disruptions, followed by societal collapse.
The following ecological and economic resources are critical to the perpetuation of our American way of life. None of these resources is sustainable; supply disruptions associated with all of them are possible at any time; and supply disruptions associated with any of them could trigger societal collapse.
-"It took us 5000 yrs to put wheels on our luggage."
-"The only indoor quality work at that time was sponsored by R.G reynold's tobacco company and it was to prove there was no danger from second hand smoke in the work place."
-"To use something as elegant as a tree , imagine this design assignment; design something that makes oxygen , sequesters carbon , fixes nitrogen , distills water accrues solar energy as fuel , makes complex sugars in food , creates micro-climates , changes color with the seasons , self replicates...... , why don't we knock that down and write on it."