UK Chief Scientist understands Transition

Richard Heinberg, one of the foremost Americans promoting Transition Towns, has been writing books about transition topics for several years now, and one is titled “peak everything.”

John Be

ddington, the UK Chief Scientist, is now publically warning us about the issues Heinberg writes about. The BBC reports:

Growing world population will cause a “perfect storm” of food, energy and water shortages by 2030, the UK government chief scientist has warned.

The key word in that sentence for me is “by.” That is, we are going to have food, energy and water shortages within the next 20 years. Beddington sadly suggests a switch to permaculture without naming it as such:

We need more disease-resistant and pest-resistant plants and better practices, better harvesting procedures.

And this little fact at the end of the article is very interesting:

Prof Beddington is chairing a subgroup of a new Cabinet Office task force set up to tackle food security.

At the moment (and only for a few days) there is a little iPlayer video half way down the page, for 5 minutes. Essential viewing, and the audio

is available here: MP3 Download

There was also a 7 minute radio interview on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme at 07:50am on Thursday 19th March 2009. MP3 Download

The Telegraph and The Guardian have published similar articles.

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