Saturday, January 26, 2013

Global Crises and the End of Growth

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New World Notes News
Vol. 6, No. 5-6 -- January 2, 2013

This fortnight in New World Notes, radio programs #256-257, January 29 & February 5

Global Crises and the End of Growth:
A Talk by Richard Heinberg, in Two Parts 

In brief

In Part 1, Richard Heinberg, of the Post Carbon Institute, discusses today's intersecting global crises. These are the end of cheap energy, runaway global debt, and climate change (plus maybe overpopulation).

Then he identifies an underlying cause of all three crises--an economic system that demands and depends on constant, compounding growth.

In Part 2 , Heinberg talks more about the requirement for constant growth in a capitalist economic system. But our finite planet is at or near the limit of growth it can sustain. Can we create an economy and a culture that do not depend on economic growth? Heinberg explores the possibilities.

Notes, credits, & links

Heinberg's talk is titled "Life After Growth: Why the Economy is Shrinking and What to Do About It." He gave it in Chicago on November 2, 2012. It was recorded by Kelly Pierce, of the Chicago Independent Media Center, and previously broadcast on Alex Smith's Radio Ecoshock Show ( Thanks to all concerned.

Richard Heinberg is Senior Fellow at the Post Carbon Institute.

On-air, in Part 1, I incorrectly give the date of Heinberg's speech as November 22, 2012. It was November 2.

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