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No Ecological Sustainability without Limits to Growth

October 31, 2012

The main cause of global climate change is growth: unrelenting economic growth and a swelling human population. Most proposals for reducing climate change take this growth for granted and focus exclusively on technical means for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

An economic system dedicated to generating ever more wealth and consumption for ever more people must be replaced by an economy designed to provide sufficient wealth and consumption for a finite number of people.

This is a chapter from The ENERGY Reader: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth (2012).

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Limits to Growth–Philip Cafaro by Post Carbon Institute