Look, ‘modern industrial civilisation’ cannot scale to seven billion people.
Two billion people in that ecosystem niche are effectively trashing the
entire global ecosystem, with climate going first, followed hard on by
oceans, deforestation, topsoil and all the rest. Even if it stabilises, the impact
as the poor billions who don’t currently use many natural resources
pile on to the consumption bandwagon is going to destroy everything.
—This is absolutely and completely obvious. Either the poor are going to
continue living in their current conditions or worse – conditions which
most industrial nations would consider an apocalypse – or they are going
to ‘develop’ and follow us into the burning building.