In The End of Growth, Richard Heinberg presents an intriguing diagnosis of current financial turmoils: that humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in its economic history, because the expansion caused by industrial civilization is now colliding with the non-negotiable, natural limits of the Earth. Heinberg goes to the heart of the ongoing financial crisis, explaining how and why it occurred, and what we can do to achieve the best potential outcomes, by reinventing our connection with money and commerce. In an engaging, highly readable style, he shows how growth is being blocked by resource depletion, environmental impacts, and debt. The End of Growth describes what policy makers, communities and families can do to build a new sustainable economy that operates within Earth's budget of energy and resources. We can, says Heinberg, thrive during this transition if we set goals that promote human and environmental well-being, rather than continuing to pursue the prize of ever-expanding Gross Domestic Product.
336pp, 158mm x 230mm, Paperback, 2011
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