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Only Less Will Do

Only Less Will Do | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The math of compound growth leads to absurdities (one human for every square meter of land surface by the year 2750 at our current rate of population increase) and to tragedy.
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Brilliant essay by Richard Heinberg on the need for planned degrowth. "...while climate change is the mega-crisis of our time, carbon is not our only nemesis. If global warming threatens to undermine civilization, so do topsoil, freshwater, and mineral depletion. These may just take a little longer."

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Building Resilience in a Changing Climate

Building Resilience in a Changing Climate | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"In many respects a resilient society defies the imperative of economic efficiency. Resilience needs dispersed inventories and redundancy, while economic efficiency—in its ruthless pursuit of competitive advantage—eliminates inventories and redundancies everywhere it can. Economic efficiency leads toward globalization, resilience toward localization. Economic efficiency pursues short-term profit as its highest objective, while resilience targets long-term sustainability. It would appear that industrial society circa 2012 has gone about as far in the direction of economic efficiency as it is possible to go, and that a correction is necessary and inevitable. Climate change simply underscores the need for that course correction."

 

New Richard Heinberg article on the need to change the compass of our economy towards resilience instead of efficiency.

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Degrowth – A Vocabulary for a New Era: Review

Degrowth – A Vocabulary for a New Era: Review | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
To the extent that degrowth is an involuntary process then another set of issues arise – will the society and economy withstand the process without catastrophic breakdowns and what can the many kinds of projects and policies described in this book do to make energy descent a survivable process for the population? A great many people will be finding that their lifestyle packages are severely stressed and breaking apart and this will generate a great deal of fear and ‘negative’ emotions.
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Fascinating, must-read debate between Feasta's Brian Davey and  Giorgios Kallis on the framing of #degrowth. Can we manage degrowth or do we prepare for collapse?

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Building Green Is No Longer Enough, It is Time To Build Resilient

Building Green Is No Longer Enough, It is Time To Build Resilient | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
We have to build our homes and buildings in a way that we can maintain them in the face of changing conditions, economic and climactic.

 

Very useful article in Treehugger blog: how to move from green building to resilient living.

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