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The grand industrious era of cheap oil and hypermobility is ending.
As the sun sets on fossilised radiant energy on Earth and life becomes
intensely local, Africa will find again the natural equilibrium between
the extent of populations and feeding them. Western countries will use
their lifestyles, energies, and the blood of their populace to fight to
the very last dregs of cheap black treacle. Out of Africa, there will be a
mother of all battles to see again the elusive snows high up on the
Mountains of the Moon. Africa will win the battle on Earth and a renewed
human civilisation will rise once more.
I personally crossed the equatorial glacier of Mount Stanley to reach Margherita, the top of the Rwenzori on New Year’s Day 2003. That I will ever complete this feat again is somewhat improbable.