Let’s start with some context. Way back in 1972, a paper was published by scientists at MIT with some not-so-great news regarding the future. They predicted that should industrial growth and globalisation keep increasing at the rate it is, civilisations would collapse by the middle of the 21st Century.
The paper was left in a dusty shelf for a while until sustainability and dynamic system analysis leader Gaya Herrington picked it up and decided to see how close we currently are to those predictions. In case you’re interested, the original doomsday report is titled ‘The Limits to growth; a report for the Club of Rome’s project on the predicament of mankind’.
Herrington’s study was led by this reasoning: “After all, the book that featured this world model was a bestseller in the ’70s, and by now we’d have several decades of empirical data which would make a comparison meaningful.”
Unfortunately for us, her findings suggest that those scientists 50 years ago may have been onto something. She concludes that, just as predicted, societal collapse is set to occur somewhere around 2040.
This does not mean that as soon as the clock hits 12 on New Years Eve 2039 that society will crumble and we’ll fall into a Purge, but rather that by that time ‘economic and industrial growth will stop, and then decline, which will hurt food production and standards of living’.
There is still a sliver of hope, assuming things change drastically enough to prolong this event. But while waiting for that to happen, I strongly suggest starting building your very own apocalypse bunker!