Flooding is frequent in the mudflats north of Manila in the Philippines, where the city has expanded due to rising population. Sea level rise threatens many such low-lying areas around the world. Photograph by Geirge Steinmetz, National Geographic Creative
LAKE POOPÓ The dry, salt-crusted Bolivian lake bed unfurls into the distance. Boats are stranded; the fish and waterfowl are gone. Fishermen who depended on the lake are moving else - where. It’s a diaspora born of drought. PHOTOGRAPH BY MAURICIO LIMA
Any government, governed people, economic or social system to survive, be sustainable and thrive must both align with and forward the the deepest fundamental reoccurring patterns and principles of evolutionary sustainability found within the universe's 13.7 billion year old directionalized path of progressive evolution. Any system that tries to go against the unstoppable directional flow of the universe's progressive evolution will eventually be worn down, drained of energy and treasure and will fail.
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