Monday, July 14, 2008

Drawdown: (n) stealing resources from the future

Forests to fall for food and fuel

Bush to Lift Offshore Oil Drilling Ban

Above, the BBC and Agence France Presse are reporting on the concept of "drawdown, the process of stealing resources from future generations." For a more detailed analysis of current human behavior in regard to natural resources and the future of humanity and the planet, see Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change, by William R. Catton, Jr., 1982, University of Illinois Press.

In this book, Catton defines for us several concepts:

1) carrying capacity: (n) maximum permanently supportable load
2) cornucopian myth: (n) euphoric belief in limitless resources
3) drawdown: (n) stealing resources from the future
4) cargoism: (n) delusion that technology will always save us, and ...
5) overshoot: (n) growth beyond an area's carrying capacity, leading to ...
6) crash: species die-off

Read this book and get engaged in another concept, presented to us by Richard Heinberg in Powerdown: Options and Actions for a Post-Carbon World, 2004, New Society Publishers. In this book, the sequel to Heinberg's book, The Party's Over, Heinberg encourages us to participate in orderly and democratic ways of preparing for a world with less of everything.

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