Most in the know will tell you that water will be the conduit of change. Either dealing with sea level rise & storm damage flooding; or a lack of rain in conjunction groundwater exhaustion where deep water aquifer tapping should have us gravely concerned. The potential monetary expense of sea damage in big coastal cities; or loss of stable food security from production mainstays like California and our mid-western breadbasket so reliant on an unsustainable practice of gulping the Ogallala – water (sea & fresh) will drive change quickest. Haunting is the realization of flooded East coast cities or a sequel to the Dust Bowl effecting most susceptible areas with the greatest impact on population densities.
Water may be what expedites change, but the silent killer will surely be our commitment to linear methods decimating the lifeline of biodiversity in macro & ecological microbial life. This broad spectrum biodiversity loss on global scale is mostly unaccounted for at this point. The reality, we’re losing the micor-labor force doing the hard work producing most of the food and cleaning the environment. Further proving itself an exhaustible resource with unforeseen but guaranteed consequence, our stressing regenerative ecological systems by poorly managing natural resources is just bad business. Moreover, and as a call-to-arms for us all, it just lacks commonsense and teems with flat-out hubris to think our amassing species can continue to thrive without playing by the rules of the systems surrounding.
Niederhelman believes that collectively it’s the opportunities in the free-market to deal with concerns of climate, water and biodiversity in a most pragmatic way to drive change. As the basis for future global economies, adopting best practice with new innovation supporting these circular economies of regenerative natural resources is the requirement & potential of future generations.