Club of Rome’s predictions on target….

1 09 2018

Anyone following this blog will know I bang on about Limits to Growth constantly…… just click on the “Limits to Growth” text in the issues cloud in the right hand side bar of this blog, and you will see what I mean….. One of the most read entry on this blog is an interview with Dennis Meadows in which he says “There’s nothing we can do”, closely followed by Graham Turner’s most recent studies showing the CoR’s standard run is bang on target for realisation…….

Now along comes this fascinating video that apparently made the news on our own trusted ABC in 1973 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation if you’re not from here!) which, in my internet circles at least, is surfacing constantly….

I love its historic implications, and the way it shows how crude computing power could still come up with the goods……. and also shows how we did absolutely nothing to stave off disaster.

World One – the name of the computer – showed that by 2040 there would be a global collapse if the expansion of the population and industry was to continue at the current levels….. I frankly doubt this won’t happen by 2030.

2020 is the first milestone envisioned by World One. We now have less than two years folks…. That’s when the quality of life is supposed to drop dramatically. The broadcaster presented this scenario that will lead to the demise of large numbers of people:

“At around 2020, the condition of the planet becomes highly critical. If we do nothing about it, the quality of life goes down to zero. Pollution becomes so seriously it will start to kill people, which in turn will cause the population to diminish, lower than it was in 1900. At this stage, around 2040 to 2050, civilised life as we know it on this planet will cease to exist.”

Alexander King, the then-leader of the Club of Rome, evaluated the program’s results to also mean that nation-states will lose their sovereignty, forecasting a New World Order with corporations managing everything.

“Sovereignty of nations is no longer absolute,” King told ABC. “There is a gradual diminishing of sovereignty, little bit by little bit. Even in the big nations, this will happen.”

Well, THAT has already happened……

And now this…….  “enjoy”…..



3 responses

1 09 2018
Phil Gorman (Cygnet)

So many tipping points,
so many positive feedbacks,
so many deniers,
so much greed,
so much willful ignorance,
so much despair.

“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.” WB Yeats

All is lost!
We must redouble our efforts!

1 09 2018


The Club of Rome clip was great. Thanx.

Yet … I’m not sure who the climate change clip was for? Seemed pretty damn watered down to me.

In 20 years time when Russia and / or Canada have their own heat waves … this interconnectivity between nations of the world seems a little optimistic dont you think?

Surely a primary school kid would be able to add more useful flesh to a story like this. Shoot … are we in the shit if this is how the message is being pitched.

For help us all.


1 09 2018
John Doyle

It’s a lot grimmer than the Club of Rome forecasted, IMO., Although the graphs look pretty close to what we have seen in reality, there are no plans,or no plans we know of. We live in blissful ignorance and politicians cannot sound the alarm. They would not be believed and would get the chop. So it’s the “reassuring lie” that dominates thought now.

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