Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot

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Author: Tom Butler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781939621238

Category: Nature

Page: 330

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"Every major problem facing humanity is exacerbated by a needlessly ballooning human population. So why is the explosive growth of the human family--more than sevenfold since the Industrial Revolution and still expanding rapidly--generally ignored by policy makers and the media? And why has the environmental movement chosen to be mostly silent about the fundamental driver of species loss and the destruction of wildlife habitats around the globe? Isn't it time to start speaking out about the equation that matters most to the future of people and the planet? The publication centerpiece of the Global Population Speakout campaign, Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot ("OVER") moves beyond insider debates and tired arguments (human numbers and overconsumption are both responsible for the crisis of population overshoot). Anchored by a series of provocative photo essays, OVER presents the stark reality of a world transformed by human action, action that threatens our future and the buzzing, blossoming diversity of life with which we share the planet."--Publisher website.

Life on the Brink

Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation

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Author: Philip Cafaro,Eileen Crist

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820343854

Category: Political Science

Page: 352

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Life on the Brink aspires to reignite a robust discussion of population issues among environmentalists, environmental studies scholars, policymakers, and the general public. Some of the leading voices in the American environmental movement restate the case that population growth is a major force behind many of our most serious ecological problems, including global climate change, habitat loss and species extinctions, air and water pollution, and food and water scarcity. As we surpass seven billion world inhabitants, contributors argue that ending population growth worldwide and in the United States is a moral imperative that deserves renewed commitment. Hailing from a range of disciplines and offering varied perspectives, these essays hold in common a commitment to sharing resources with other species and a willingness to consider what will be necessary to do so. In defense of nature and of a vibrant human future, contributors confront hard issues regarding contraception, abortion, immigration, and limits to growth that many environmentalists have become too timid or politically correct to address in recent years. Ending population growth will not happen easily. Creating genuinely sustainable societies requires major change to economic systems and ethical values coupled with clear thinking and hard work. Life on the Brink is an invitation to join the discussion about the great work of building a better future. Contributors: Albert Bartlett, Joseph Bish, Lester Brown, Tom Butler, Philip Cafaro, Martha Campbell, William R. Catton Jr., Eileen Crist, Anne Ehrlich, Paul Ehrlich, Robert Engelman, Dave Foreman, Amy Gulick, Ronnie Hawkins, Leon Kolankiewicz, Richard Lamm, Jeffrey McKee, Stephanie Mills, Roderick Nash, Tim Palmer, Charmayne Palomba, William Ryerson, Winthrop Staples III, Captain Paul Watson, Don Weeden, George Wuerthner.

Countdown

Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?

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Author: Alan Weisman

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316236500

Category: Nature

Page: 528

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A powerful investigation into the chances for humanity's future from the author of the bestseller The World Without Us. In his bestselling book The World Without Us, Alan Weisman considered how the Earth could heal and even refill empty niches if relieved of humanity's constant pressures. Behind that groundbreaking thought experiment was his hope that we would be inspired to find a way to add humans back to this vision of a restored, healthy planet-only in harmony, not mortal combat, with the rest of nature. But with a million more of us every 4 1/2 days on a planet that's not getting any bigger, and with our exhaust overheating the atmosphere and altering the chemistry of the oceans, prospects for a sustainable human future seem ever more in doubt. For this long awaited follow-up book, Weisman traveled to more than 20 countries to ask what experts agreed were probably the most important questions on Earth--and also the hardest: How many humans can the planet hold without capsizing? How robust must the Earth's ecosystem be to assure our continued existence? Can we know which other species are essential to our survival? And, how might we actually arrive at a stable, optimum population, and design an economy to allow genuine prosperity without endless growth? Weisman visits an extraordinary range of the world's cultures, religions, nationalities, tribes, and political systems to learn what in their beliefs, histories, liturgies, or current circumstances might suggest that sometimes it's in their own best interest to limit their growth. The result is a landmark work of reporting: devastating, urgent, and, ultimately, deeply hopeful. By vividly detailing the burgeoning effects of our cumulative presence, Countdown reveals what may be the fastest, most acceptable, practical, and affordable way of returning our planet and our presence on it to balance. Weisman again shows that he is one of the most provocative journalists at work today, with a book whose message is so compelling that it will change how we see our lives and our destiny.

Energy

Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth

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Author: Tom Butler,George Wuerthner,Richard Heinberg

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780970950086

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 277

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ENERGY takes an unflinching look at the systems that support our insatiable thirst for more power (and the ideas behind those systems) along with their unintended side effects. From oil spills, nuclear accidents, mountaintop-removal coal mining, and natural gas "fracking" to wind power projects and solar power plants, every source of energy has costs. Virtually every region of the globe now experiences the consequences of out-of-control energy development. No place is sacred, no landscape is safe from the relentless search for resources to power perpetual economic growth. Even the composition of the global atmosphere is affected -- book jacket.

Promoting Sustainable Living

Sustainability as an Object of Desire

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Author: Justyna Karakiewicz,Audrey Yue,Angela Paladino

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317701550

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 218

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Current images of sustainability are often designed to instil fear and force change, not because we believe in it, but because we fear the consequences of inaction. Moving away from negative portrayals of sustainability, this book identifies the factors that motivate people to aspire towards sustainable living. It introduces the notion of sustainability as an "object of desire" that will allow people not to be scared of the future but rather to dream about it and look forward to a better quality of life. Tracing the history of major changes in our society that have dramatically altered our perceptions, beliefs and attitudes about sustainability, the book analyses the role of communications in persuading people of the benefits of sustainable living. It describes our current desires and dreams and explains why we need to change. Finally, the book suggests what could be done to not only make sustainability an object of desire, but also introduce hopes and dreams for a better future into our everyday lives. This inspiring and interdisciplinary book provides innovative insights for researchers, students and professionals in a range of disciplines, in particular environment and sustainability, sustainable marketing and advertising, and psychology.

Seven Billion and Counting

The Crisis in Global Population Growth

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Author: Michael M. Andregg

Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books

ISBN: 0761367152

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 88

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October 31, 2011, marked an uneasy milestone for Planet Earth. On this day, the global population surpassed seven billion. What does that mean for a world that, until the nineteenth century, was home to less than one billion people? Experts say it means the planet is in trouble. Some wonder if Earth will even be able to sustain human life at its current rate of growth. Will there be enough food for everyone? Will conflicts over land increase? How will the environment be affected? Can humanity survive the predicted disasters? More than a simple case of running out of space, the population crisis is interwoven with a host of other issues?from climate change and resource management to war, disease, and poverty. Discover how all these factors converge to place an entire planet in crisis mode?and explore what sort of responses that crisis may require.

Overshoot

The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change

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Author: William Robert Catton

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252009884

Category: Science

Page: 298

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Overpopulation

7 Billion People and Counting

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Author: David E. Newton

Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 0766073122

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 160

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Thanks to modern medicine, people are living longer. But can our planet support such a large population? Experts weigh in on the subject, introducing readers to ideas and key details, including how populations grow, change, and how trends are measured. Take Action boxes suggest research activities students can do to increase their understanding of the issue.

Creating Wealth

Growing Local Economies with Local Currencies

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Author: Gwendolyn Hallsmith,Bernard A. Lietaer

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 155092477X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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The power of local currencies

Principles for Building Resilience

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Author: Reinette Biggs

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110708265X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 316

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Reflecting the very latest research, this book provides an in-depth review of the role of resilience in the management of social-ecological systems and the ecosystem services they provide. Leaders in the field outline seven principles for building resilience in social-ecological systems, examining how these can be applied to advance sustainability.

Keeping the Wild

Against the Domestication of Earth

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Author: George Wuerthner

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 1610915593

Category: Nature

Page: 248

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Is it time to embrace the so-called “Anthropocene”—the age of human dominion—and to abandon tried-and-true conservation tools such as parks and wilderness areas? Is the future of Earth to be fully domesticated, an engineered global garden managed by technocrats to serve humanity? The schism between advocates of rewilding and those who accept and even celebrate a “post-wild” world is arguably the hottest intellectual battle in contemporary conservation. In Keeping the Wild, a group of prominent scientists, writers, and conservation activists responds to the Anthropocene-boosters who claim that wild nature is no more (or in any case not much worth caring about), that human-caused extinction is acceptable, and that “novel ecosystems” are an adequate replacement for natural landscapes. With rhetorical fists swinging, the book’s contributors argue that these “new environmentalists” embody the hubris of the managerial mindset and offer a conservation strategy that will fail to protect life in all its buzzing, blossoming diversity. With essays from Eileen Crist, David Ehrenfeld, Dave Foreman, Lisi Krall, Harvey Locke, Curt Meine, Kathleen Dean Moore, Michael Soulé, Terry Tempest Williams and other leading thinkers, Keeping the Wild provides an introduction to this important debate, a critique of the Anthropocene boosters’ attack on traditional conservation, and unapologetic advocacy for wild nature.

What Comes After Money?

Essays from Reality Sandwich on Transforming Currency and Community

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Author: Daniel Pinchbeck,Ken Jordan

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1583943501

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 280

View: 1983

Most people believe that money is organic and inevitable; we forget that money is just a tool created to perform certain functions. But just as computer programmers drop out-of date tools and pick up better ones as soon as they become available, we might switch from bank-financed currency to a more equitable method for transferring goods and services. As an operating system for society, money needs a major upgrade. What Comes After Money? offers a wealth of alternatives to the current monetary system. In this anthology of essays drawn from the popular web magazine Reality Sandwich, 20 visionary thinkers explore the roots of the modern economic crisis and propose diverse solutions: instituting local currencies; creating reputation or gift economies (based on historical and contemporary); introducing spirituality into the equation; and many more. Contributors include economist Bernard Leitaer, media theorist Douglas Rushkoff, musician Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky), theoretical physicist Amit Goswami, Larry Harvey (founder of Burning Man), and Peter Lamborn Wilson (a.k.a. Hakim Bey). About the Imprint: EVOLVER EDITIONS promotes a new counterculture that recognizes humanity's visionary potential and takes tangible, pragmatic steps to realize it. EVOLVER EDITIONS explores the dynamics of personal, collective, and global change from a wide range of perspectives. EVOLVER EDITIONS is an imprint of North Atlantic Books and is produced in collaboration with Evolver, LLC. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Enough!

How to Liberate Yourself and Remake the World with Just One Word

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Author: Laurie McCammon

Publisher: Conari Press

ISBN: 1633410196

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

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We Are Enough, We Have Enough Do you, like so many of us, believe that you will never have enough time, money, talent, or love to be truly happy? Do you think you’re not good enough, not rich enough or thin enough or smart enough, to have the life you want? Or that the problems in your community and the world around you could be solved if only there were more to go around? Everywhere, all the time, we get this message that there is something lacking, something more, something better to strive for. In fact, the idea that there isn’t enough or you aren’t enough is so deeply ingrained in us and into our culture that it holds sway over pretty much every aspect of our lives, from how we perceive our self-worth and our skills as parents, friends, and partners (I am not enough) to the ways in which we are taught and governed. But what if it’s a lie? Author and activist Laurie McCammon wrote this book to show you that it is all a lie. Discover how your own never-enough thinking has been limiting you and how to challenge it in all the places it lurks. Let Laurie show you how to develop a sense of enoughness that can change not only how you feel about yourself but how you view time, your relationships, your work, and the possibilities for helping to shape a better world.

Yendegaia National Park

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Author: Antonio Vizcaíno,Douglas Tompkins

Publisher: Goff Books

ISBN: 9781939621221

Category: Nature

Page: 300

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Yendegaia National Park offers a visually spectacular tour of one of Earth’s most remote and scenic national parks. In Chilean Patagonia on the grand island of Tierra del Fuego, the new park — designated in 2014 — was prompted by a donation of private land to the Chilean park system. When combined with adjacent federal land, the new protected area covers some 372,000 acres, and forms a habitat linkage between existing national parks in Chile and Argentina. Thus the new Yendegaia National Park has helped establish one of the planet’s most significant trans-boundary protected areas, or "peace parks". During expeditions to Yendegaia in various seasons, renowned nature photographer Antonio Vizca�no captured the harsh beauty of a remote land at the end of the world where glacier-carved peaks, untamed rivers, windblown steppe, and Earth’s southernmost forests combine to create a unique and stunningly beautiful landscape. For both armchair adventurers who dream of Patagonia and intrepid travelers planning a trip to Chile’s national parks, Yendegaia National Park is a must-have.

Images Of Animals

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Author: Eileen Crist

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 9781439904725

Category: Nature

Page: 256

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A fascinating exploration of the language we use for animal behavior.

2045

A Story of Our Future

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Author: Peter Seidel

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1615923853

Category: Fiction

Page: 338

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Peter Seidel's novel gives us a sense of what life will be like in the future if we stay with our business-as-usual policies. It is an insightful, revealing read.-Lester R. Brown, President of Earth Policy Instituteand author of Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save CivilizationGlobal warming, environmental degradation, the rapid pace of technological innovation, and the economic stresses of globalization give rise to much speculation about the future. How will these dynamic factors affect society in the coming decades? In this dystopian novel, environmental expert Peter Seidel has created a stark and haunting vision of a world on the near horizon.Carl is a small-town midwestern businessman who is accidentally put into a coma when he receives an inadequately tested vaccine. When he finally regains consciousness, he discovers that it is the year 2045 and his unusual medical story and recovery have turned him into an international celebrity. As he visits family and friends, he finds out that almost everything has gone wrong and the family business he ran thirty-five years ago has disappeared. Carl's fame lands him a job on a seemingly idyllic tropical island with one of the eight giant international corporations that own almost everything. His job is to help promote a soft drink. He is overwhelmed by the unbounded luxury he finds on the island. But he learns that the ethical standards in this strange place are only a front. During a business trip, he discovers something that horrifies him and turns him in a new direction, one beset with life-threatening dangers.Seidel skillfully projects a wide range of current trends into a believable and disturbing near-term future scenario.Peter Seidel (Cincinnati, Ohio) is an environmental architect/planner with wide-ranging interests who studied with world-renowned Bauhaus architect Mies van der Rohe and city planner Ludwig Hilberseimer. He is the author of Invisible Walls.

Man Swarm

How Overpopulation Is Killing the Wild World

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Author: Dave Foreman

Publisher: Livetrue Books

ISBN: 9780986383205

Category: Conservation of natural resources

Page: 196

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Overpopulation is Real. We have come on like a swarm of locusts. Now at over seven billion and counting, renowned visionary conservationist and global thinker Dave Foreman helps us understand that only by stabilizing and reducing human population can we stop wrecking our home - Earth. And it is being driven by one species - Us. Read "Man Swarm," and you will know the truths about overpopulation and population growth. In this book, Dave Foreman: o Lays out the overpopulation crisis in the United States and worldwide o Shows how overpopulation is the main driver of the extinction of wildlife, wildlands and the creation of pollution, including destructive greenhouse gases o Smartly challenges those who don't believe that the overpopulation crisis is real o Gives tangible ways we can all be part of the solution The first edition, "Man Swarm and the Killing of Wildlife "reached the conservationist community; in this new and updated edition, "Man Swarm: How Overpopulation is Killing the Wild World," Dave Foreman and editor Laura Carroll expand the readership to the masses, from those in their reproductive years to educators, governors, Congresspersons, and even world leaders. Overpopulation is Solvable. Are you a lover of the Earth's natural world? "Man Swarm" shows why you need to be very concerned about overpopulation, gives you tangible ways to be part of the solution, and will inspire you to take action. If we can solve overpopulation - and we can - it will be a great victory for all of humanity and the Earth

Violence Against Black Bodies

An Intersectional Analysis of How Black Lives Continue to Matter

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Author: Sandra E. Weissinger,Dwayne A. Mack,Elwood Watson

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1315408694

Category: Social Science

Page: 306

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Violence Against Black Bodies argues that black deaths at the hands of police are just one form of violence that black and brown people face daily in the western world. rough the voices of scholars from different academic disciplines, this book gives readers an opportunity to put the cases together and see that violent deaths in police custody are just one tentacle of the racial order—a hierarchy which is designed to produce trauma and discrimination according to one’s perceived race-ethnicity.