Global System Collapse

Probability: <0.00003%

Modern civilization is dependent upon globally-interconnected economic, political, and ecological systems. A serious failure in any of these systems can create a domino effect that brings down the whole network.

Economic collapse typically results in social chaos and a breakdown of law and order. Many financial currencies have already collapsed in the past, causing great strife for the citizens of that nation. Inflation in Germany during 1923-1924 resulted in people burning currency notes in their stoves to keep warm because the notes burned longer than the amount of firewood they could buy.

The world’s natural ecosystem must also be held in a delicate balance for it to function correctly. We have already seen many animal species become extinct due to human impact, and now many beekeepers are experiencing bee die-offs known as Colony Collapse Disorder. Losing bees on a global scale would be catastrophic as bees are important pollinators and are essential for many plants and trees to flower and reproduce.

“If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live.” – Albert Einstein

Great Depression

Dorothea Lange. Colorized by John Boero.
Dorothea Lange’s photo “Migrant Mother” (1936), an iconic image of the Great Depression.