Hugh Montgomery is a respected physician and scientist who discovered the first gene related to fitness. His side interests apparently include running 100 km ultra marathons, authoring children’s books, and climate change activism.
In this 40 minute talk he provides a superb big picture summary of the human overshoot predicament.
This was my first exposure to Montgomery and I’m really impressed. He’s intelligent, articulate, and refreshingly direct.
I’ve already posted this talk on my Facebook page which I use for interesting but less important content, however after watching this talk a second time, I decided it is so good, and so unique, that it deserves to be posted here as well.
One of his many insightful comments stood out for me:
Without climate change we are in terrible terrible trouble.
If you add in climate change our situation becomes absolutely desperate.
But wait, there’s more.
Montgomery does not mention the depletion of affordable oil, nor our (related) rapidly growing debt bomb.
So I’m wondering, what adjective comes after “absolutely desperate”?
In the Q&A session Montgomery confides that he thinks civilization is done and laments that we are not fighting to survive.
I observe that only 3000 people have watched this talk.
Where are the adults?