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Our neoliberal economic system tends to be biased in favour of the rich and wealthy people to the detriment of the poor everywhere. Therefore it is one of the most urgent and compelling challenges to restructure the global economy, so that it will no longer support the perpetual production of poverty and inequality. But since we are on the winning side of this unfair game, we are not in a hurry to change anything about it
However, with the emergence of climate change and peak oil the situation has changed slightly. The ‘Two Great Oversights of Our Time' mean that change is coming to our society whether we want it or not. There is no longer a cosy 'if' to wrap around ourselves. But there are still a lot of unanswered question about the nature of change. And this is the most compelling one: Will we be clear-sighted enough to take this chance in order to start a great transition, which compasses our relation to the ecosystem as well as our addiction to cheap oil and economic growth?
As Albert Bates says, 'peak oil is an opportunity to pause, to think through our present course, and to adjust to a saner path for the future. We had best face facts: we really have no choice. Peak oil is a horrible predicament. It is also a wonderful opportunity to do a lot better. Let's not squander this moment'.
There is a great chance that the future with less oil could be better than the present, but only if we engage in designing this transition with sufficient creativity and imagination. We need to draw together a diversity of individuals and organisations that has seldom been managed in the past. We need to employ that same adaptability, creativity and ingenuity that got us up to the top of the peak in the first place to design a way down the other side.
In short, we stand on the edge of the most momentous task in history, thoroughly ill-prepared. To change this, we need to take action on three different levels of society: the global, the local and the individual level.