41. THE EASTER ISLAND ANOMALY
Peak oilers often point to Easter Island as proof that our civilization is doomed to collapse due to its rapacious consumption. The classic statement was written by Jared Diamond:
In just a few centuries, the people of Easter Island wiped out their forest, drove their plants and animals to extinction, and saw their complex society spiral into chaos and cannibalism. Are we about to follow their lead?Source
But consider this: if collapse is such a pre-ordained, mechanical process, why didn't all the islands in the pacific go the route of Easter Island?
French Polynesia, the Tuamotus, the Marquesas, the Cook Islands, the Southern Group (Aitutaki, Atiu, Mitiaro, and Mauke), Hawaii, Saipan, Western Samoa, Truk, Guam, Tonga, Vavau, Efate Island, the Solomon Islands, Micronesia...
Why aren't they all an environmental horror story of overshoot and collapse? Why, out of all those islands, can the doomers only point to Easter Island?