Alternative Radio on 06/05/12
Richard Heinberg - The End of Growth (lecture)
There is almost a mystical belief in growth. Nature’s bounty was there to be exploited by man. There is endless palaver about growth as an economic panacea that will cure all ills. Economists have long postulated that growth is normal and natural and could go on forever. But can it? Conventional views of growth are incompatible with the capacity and well being of the planet. The Earth Policy Institute says, we are “on an economic path that is environmentally unsustainable, a path that is leading us toward economic decline and collapse. Environmental scientists have been saying for sometime that the global economy is being slowly undermined by the trends of environmental destruction and disruption, including shrinking forests, expanding deserts, falling water tables, eroding soils, collapsing fisheries, rising temperatures, melting ice, rising seas and increasingly destructive storms."
Richard Heinberg is a leading expert on energy issues. He is Senior Fellow-in-Residence at the Post Carbon Institute in Santa Rosa, California. He is the author of many books including “The Party’s Over,” “Peak Everything,” and “The End of Growth.”