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Enough Is Enough by Dan O’Neill, Rob Dietz

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[ CHAPTER 3 ]HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?

This extraordinary ramping up of global economic activity has no historical precedent. It’s totally at odds with our scientific knowledge of the finite resource base and the fragile ecology on which we depend for survival.

TIM JACKSON1

Determining how big the economy can grow with respect to the biosphere is a problem of scale, and scale is a concept that confounds many people. I met one such confounded person during a bike trip along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. The C&O Canal cuts a narrow path for 185 miles through the leafy, rock-strewn countryside of Maryland. After its completion in 1850, barges loaded with coal, timber, and food floated down the canal from the hills of Maryland into the heart of Washington, ...

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