– 480 pages
6 Inches × 9 Inches (w × h)
Weight: 763 Grams
BISAC: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Pub. Date: 2011-04-01
Overcoming the Risks of Economic and Environmental Collapse
edited by Richard Douthwaite & Gillian Fallon
The financial crisis that has blighted the world's richest countries since 2008 was a turning point in human history because it ushered in an era in which economies will tend to shrink rather than grow. Incomes will decline becausethe natural resources required for growth Â— particularly oil, the lifeblood of the world economy Â— can no longer be extracted in growingquantities. Indeed, as this book shows, the financial crash itself was due to an irresistible force Â— the rising global demand for cheap fossil fuels Â— meeting an immoveable object Â— a static supply.
Fleeing Vesuvius is a collection of 27 essays by well-known international authors, all leading thinkers in their fields. Luminaries such asDavid Korowicz, Richard Douthwaite, Nate Hagen, Dmitry Orlov and Dan Sullivan weave together the threads of peak oil, resource depletion, economicinstability, and climate change and offer far-reaching solutions including:
- Concrete strategies for personal adaptation
- Workable models of self-reliant local communities
- Frameworks to support international action on financial and economic reform
Timely, practical and fundamentally optimistic, Fleeing Vesuvius is a must read for anyone concerned with reducing our risk of environmental and societal collapse.
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