[4/20/17]  Western civilization has survived for many centuries, but now according to experts, the West could collapse because of these two important factors. Minus an existential event, a societal collapse could relatively take place because of either ecological strain or economic stratification.

Several scientists have published similar findings in regards to the possibility of a societal breakdown. But according to Safa Motesharrei, a systems scientist at the University of Maryland, who uses computer models to interpret further the mechanisms that can cause such an event or a series of events, there are two main reasons why we could be heading for a collapse.

The two main factors explained by “experts.”

Ecological collapse is defined as “depletion of natural resources such as groundwater, soil, fisheries, and forests.”

Economic stratification may lead to collapse all on its own. Within this scenario; “elites push society toward instability and eventual collapse by hoarding huge quantities of wealth and resources, and leaving little or none for commoners who vastly outnumber them yet support them with labour.”

Disaster comes when elites push society toward instability and eventual collapse by hoarding huge quantities of wealth and resources

According to the computer models created by Safa, both scenarios define a ‘carrying capacity’ – a total population level that a given environment’s resources can sustain over the long term.

“If we make rational choices to reduce factors such as inequality, explosive population growth, the rate at which we deplete natural resources and the rate of pollution – all perfectly doable things – then we can avoid collapse and stabilize onto a sustainable trajectory,” Motesharrei said. “But we cannot wait forever to make those decisions.”

Both factors play a role currently in society today, and both factors explain exactly what the elite are doing to this planet today, and how they plan to play the ‘good guys.’ The people that gathered their wealth off the backs of commoners that make up the 1% are now the ones detailing to the populace that we have to limit population growth and ecological strain. Meanwhile, their companies are the ones who have in large part created the pollution problem, created the environmental strain, and created the current economic imbalance.