Collansition: an era of collapse/transition


There’s a lot of talk these days about the transition to a low carbon economy that has clearly already begun. At the same time, there is talk about collapse – collapse of the global financial system due to massive debt in fiat currencies, collapse of the climate system due to runaway greenhouse effect, ecological collapse and so on.

These two things ought to be seen as part of a whole – a whole that I have named Collansition. You, see ‘collapse’ and ‘transition’ are not mutually exclusive, you have to have one in order to get another.

You won’t get transition without some sort of collapse to drive it – necessity is the mother of invention, after-all. And you won’t get collapse without legions of people trying to find a way out. The two concepts are intertwined. In entrepreneurial circles, there is an expression ‘creative destruction’ which speaks to the same concept. There is also the concept of the yin and yang which speaks of the struggle of opposites.

The big issue for us humans, and all of Earth’s organisms more advanced than bacteria, is whether we will get to transition before the collapse makes it impossible. Collapse, after-all features global temperatures 6 degrees Celsius above baseline, leading to irradiation of the planet from melted-down nuclear power stations.

The mainstream science on climate change says that it is (or maybe) possible to transition before collapse if we follow the script – low carbon pathways, 2 degree target etc. But who is actually following the script? Trump? Putin? The fossil fuel industry? The world’s governments? You don’t have to veer too far away from mainstream science to lose that lofty optimism. In fact, all you have to do to lose lofty optimism – techno-optimism, they call that – is to read the world news.

So, issues of collansition has sort of become the main game, now. In order to help move the equation in favor of transition, we need to perturb the system, somehow. And this is where Eearth Culture comes in.


Eearth is a new counterculture devoted to environmental sustainability and human well-being, for all. It is an integrated system of knowledge, belief and practice based on environmental science, entrepreneurialism, Buddhist philosophy and plain-old common sense.

So, if you want to help shift the collansition away from collapse and towards transition, get some Eearth Culture today.

Guy Lane – Founder – Eearth Culture – 4 May 2017


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