The Club of Rome and the Smithsonian Institution’s Consortium for Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet hosted a symposium on March 1, 2012 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the launching of Limits to Growth, the first report to the Club of Rome published in 1972.
Full webcast (over 8 hours) via this link on the Smithsonian Institute. Watch in particular Dennis Meadows’ presentation (from min. 51) on why he thinks it is too late for sustainable development and why we should concentrate on resilience.
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J. Robert Gibson said:
An excellent book which puts our energy consumption in understandable kilowatt-hours per person per day terms and then quantifies, in the same terms, the energy we can get from different sustainable energy sources.This clarifies the size of the changes required in world energy supply. They are mindbogglingly huge.The question is not: `Wind or nuclear?’ It is `What do we do given wind plus nuclear plus all other renewables plus CCS will not our demands?’The answer (which the book only hints at) is both lifestyle change and limits on the global human population. The sooner we realise this and act accordingly the less painfull the transition will be.