Limits to Growth

"Society must cease to look upon "progress" as something desirable. `Eternal Progress’ is a nonsensical myth. What must be implemented is not a `steadily expanding economy,’ but a zero growth economy, a stable economy. Economic growth is not only unnecessary but ruinous." Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn

Republicans often say that 'growth' can solve many of our economic problems. This is nonsense. Growth can cause further environmental degradation, unlimited devastation. If you doubt this see this video: The greatest shortcoming of the human race is the inability to understand the exponential function. Albert A. Bartlett, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of Colorado.

Growthism

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Gwynne Dyer: Forget peak oil; we've reached peak everything (2/2/2015)

The End of Endless Growth: Part 1 (1/1/2015)

Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we're nearing collapse (9/1/2014)

Scientists vindicate 'Limits to Growth' – urge investment in 'circular economy'  (6/4/2014)

Growth For Growth's Sake Will Kill Us All (4/11/2014)

A 20-rule manifesto for New No-Growth Economics (8/30/2011)

"The greatest shortcoming of the human race is the inability to understand the exponential function." Albert A. Bartlett, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of Colorado.

"...we live in a world where economic growth is generally seen as both beneficent and necessary _ the more, the better; where past growth has brought us to a perilous state environmentally; where we are poised for unprecedented increments in growth; where this growth is proceeding with wildly wrong market signals, including prices that do not incorporate environmental costs or reflect the needs of future generations; where a failed politics has not meaningfully corrected the routinely deploying technology that was created in an environmentally unaware era; where there is no hidden hand or inherent mechanism adequate to correct the destructive tendencies. So, right now, one can only conclude that growth is the enemy of environment. Economy and environment remain in collision." The Bridge at the End of the World: Gus Speth (2008)

Speth also lists the kinds of pathological growth that can occur. (from the UNDP Human Development Report 1996)

Reaching Limits to Growth: What Should our Response Be? (2/17/2014)


Limits to Growth Standard model 2004

Links

Trading Off Global Fuel Supply, CO2 Emissions and Sustainable Development

Our Finite World

Post Carbon Institute

Donella Meadows Institute

Academy For Systemic Change

New Economy Working Group

Charles Hall

The Nine Planetary Boundaries

350.org

IUCN

Overshoot Loop

Peak Prosperity

PeakProsperity (the website)

EnergySkeptic

Tellus.org

The Automatic Earth

See Environment and Energy

Bibliography

The Age of Stagnation, Why Perpetual Growth Is Unattainable and the Global Economy Is in Peril: Satyajit Das

The Age of Sustainable Development: Jeffrey D. Sachs ( the textbook that accompanies the free MOOC on Youtube.)

The End of Growth: James K. Galbraith

America the Possible: James Gustave Speth

Countdown: Alan Weisman

Prosperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet: Tim Jackson (Download slideshow pdf here.)

The End of Growth: Richard Heinberg

The Race For Whats Left: Michael Klare

The Bridge at the End of the World: Gus Speth (2008)

Beyond The Limits: Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, Jorgen Randers.

The Limits to Growth: Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, Jorgen Randers, William W. Behrens III. (Free Download)

The Limits to Growth Revisited: Ugo Bardi. 2011

Prosperity Without Growth: Tim Jackson

The Great Disruption: Paul Gilding

Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet: Bill McKibben.


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