Post Carbon Fellow Bill Rees' appearence on a panel at the 'Degrowth in the Americas' conference was reported in this article at the Bay Citizen.
From the article:
Rees talked about how our economic system is incompatible with the ways of the universe. Our whole way of life relies upon a steady input of energy and materials imported from outside to maintain ourselves, which unfortunately means the importation of more energy and materials than the ecosystem can produce. “Everything we produce in our economy requires destruction of nature,” Rees said.
...Rees also touched upon what he views as two unique qualities to humans - that we have the capacity for higher intellect and the capacity for forward planning. “If we fail to use them, we will not have risen to the full challenge of what it means to be human.”...