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Chapter One: Beyond the Limits to Growth


I am happy to announce the forthcoming book,
The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century's Sustainability Crises.

My chapter, “Beyond the Limits to Growth,” outlines the sustainability crisis of the 21st century, and describes what must be done if we are to avert ecological and societal collapse. It provides an overview of the book as a whole, and shows why the converging problems of climate, water, energy, food, population, and environmental decline are far more immediate than is generally assumed--they are ours to solve, not our children's
or grandchildren's.

A PDF of this chapter is available here for free.

Expanding on my chapter, The Post Carbon Reader explores key drivers shaping the 21st century, from renewable energy and urban agriculture to social justice and systems resilience. The book features important thinkers and activists: Bill McKibben, Wes Jackson, Sandra Postel, David Orr, Stephanie Mills and Michael Shuman, among others.

I am particularly excited about this project, as it perfectly showcases the efforts of all my colleagues at Post Carbon Institute, an international think tank dedicated to the transition to a more resilient, equitable and sustainable world.

The Post Carbon Reader will be available in October 2010 from Watershed Media. The distributor, University of California Press, is providing a 20% pre-order discount to my network.

I hope you enjoy what I’ve written and find it engaging enough to share with your friends and colleagues.   


Richard Heinberg

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