Can we grow our economy, like forever?

“we are using up all our natural resources…”

crazy shoppersour economy is not sustainable

We need a sustainable model for growth, or we are on a fast track to destruction.

New economic model needed not relentless consumer demand

Capitalism can dramatically improve living standards but it’s also built on the assumed insatiability of human need – instead we need a more coherent vision of prosperity

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/blog/new-economic-model-not-consumer-demand-capitalism

Our American way of life is unsustainable – evidence

http://www.resilience.org/stories/2008-08-18/our-american-way-life-unsustainable-evidence

References

  1. “Overshoot”; William Catton, Jr.; pg. 32; 1982.
  2. http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2002/of02-335/of02-335.pdf “Economic Drivers of Mineral Supply“; USGS 2002; Wagner, Sullivan, and Sznopek, pgs. 20-21.
  3. http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2002/of02-335/of02-335.pdf “Economic Drivers of Mineral Supply“; USGS 2002; Wagner, Sullivan, and Sznopek, pg. 23.
  4. http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2002/of02-333/of02-333.pdf “Sociocultural and Institutional Drivers and Constraints to Mineral Supply”; USGS 2002; Brown, pg. 41 (recycled metals); and
    http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs-0181-99/fs-0181-99so.pdf “Recycled Aggregates–Profitable Resource Conservation”, USGS 2000, pg. 1 (recycled industrial minerals).
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liebig’s_law_of_the_minimum Wikipedia, Liebig’s Law of the Minimum.
  6. http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/aer/txt/stb1701.xls Table E.1: Estimated Primary Energy Consumption in the United States, Selected Years, 1635-1945; EIA.
  7. http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/aer/pdf/pages/sec1_9.pdf Table 1.3 Primary Energy Consumption by Source, Selected Years, 1949-2007; EIA “Annual Energy Review 2007”.
  8. http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/z1/Current/data.htm “Flow of Funds Accounts of the United States” (Table B.100); US Federal Reserve.