In a recent NASA funded study, (published in the peer reviewed Elsevier Journal of Ecological Economics), natural and social scientists have developed a model that demonstrates how the 'perfect storm of crises' could unravel our global system, potentially in the next 20 years.
They draw on examples of past civilisations, as this quote used by the Guardian describes: "The fall of the Roman Empire, and the equally (if not more) advanced Han, Mauryan, and Gupta Empires, as well as so many advanced Mesopotamian Empires, are all testimony to the fact that advanced, sophisticated, complex, and creative civilizations can be both fragile and impermanent." The study cites unsustainable resource exploitaition and unequal wealth distribution as crucial factors in the collapse. Factors unavoidably pertinent to this residency, in these places, at this time.
In Verrio's painted ceiling we see the Iron Age tumbling into the abyss. At the top of the ceiling Astrea is returning to earth bringing the Golden Age, symbolised in cornucopias of harvest. Greenestates believe a connection with the land is important for the future of the estates they serve. I am constantly reminded of my connection with the earth by the clay in my hands. I have begun to spend time with the young people at Manor Park Youth Club playing with clay, and talking.