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Time for some optimism about the climate crisis

Time for some optimism about the climate crisis | Agua | Scoop.it

"There are strong grounds for believing that the climate crisis can be overcome and that many people’s lives, particularly in the poorer countries, could be materially better than they are now because of the work the production of biofuels and biochemicals to replace their fossil equivalents should bring, coupled with the additional fertility that biochar should create. Since the alternative is industrial and societal decline and, after increasing unrest, an eventual collapse, there’s every reason to think the system will incline the right way. But one thing is necessary first: the twin myths that there’s plenty of energy and that economic growth can continue must be exposed."


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Willy De Backer's curator insight, March 9, 2013 3:02 AM

Long but brilliant analysis connecting the ecological, economic and energy crises. Maybe a bit too optimistic in their belief that our elites and institutions will be smart enough to prevent collapse but worth reading.

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Clinging to economic growth suffocates the imagination

Clinging to economic growth suffocates the imagination | Agua | Scoop.it
Clinging to growth, however, suffocates the imagination needed to devise more convivial ways to share a finite planet. At the very least, and with so much evidence to the contrary, the burden of proof now lies heavily on those who reject the original message of the Limits report, for them to demonstrate how, and under what circumstances, we could possibly enjoy "growth forever" in a finite world. Kenneth Boulding, the founder of general systems theory, thought this to be a view held only by "madmen and economists".

 

Great article from New Economics Foundation's Andrew Simms. Explains why the left also has difficulties accepting that we have reached limits to growth.


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