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The earth is a globe; its natural resources and space are finite.
Humanity's environmental footprint is too high; beyond the earth's carrying capacity. Economic growth and population growth are increasing our pressure upon nature.
Growth increases the speed of resource depletion and pollution.
Climate change is a result of human activity; growth will increase the problem.
Technology or creativity cannot undo environmental depletion and revive lost species.
Solutions must build upon available knowledge; we can't depend on future "solutions".
The horizon of absolute resource scarcities is much nearer than most people realise.
Reverse economic growth and population growth;
this is the most vital policy decision that must be taken.
Change the societal incentives and rules in such a way
that economic growth is no longer rewarding.
Dramatically reduce resource depletion by, for example:
reducing transportation by re-localistion, speed reduction,
increasing longevity and quality of products, de-mechanisation.
Support development in geographical areas that lack basic standards of living.
Such development must be compensated by equivalent reduction of luxuries in
the overdeveloped areas.
- A realistic hope that our children will inherit sufficient resources for a decent life.
- Full employment, less stress, better health, more life.
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