Jared Diamond has shown that the ecological component has been an important cause of the collapse of civilisations. Civilisations that live beyond their means and cannibalise available natural resources collapse as the Mayas and the inhabitants of Easter Island did.

Jared Diamond já mostrou que o componente ecológico tem sido uma causa importante para o colapso das civilizações. As civilizações que viveram para lá dos seus recursos e canibalizaram os recursos naturais sofreram o colapso como os maias e os habitantes da Ilha da Páscoa.

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