I haven’t lived through a great depression, a world war, fought in a conflict, I haven’t even experienced a moon landing. So what will turn out to be the most important global event I experience?
The defining event of my lifetime could well be peak oil.
I would like it not to be so, maybe something positive like a Mars landing or discovery of friendly aliens would be something you would like to choose.
100+ years of dependence on cheap petro energy is coming to an end. Ultimately it might even be a very positive thing for the planet but there will be a lot of pain to live through.
Paul Salopek has written a brilliant article (he’s some writer) on the issue in a format which makes for a very useful introduction to the problems facing everyone.