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Right Relationship by Geoffrey Garver, Peter Brown

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3 How Big Is Too Big? Boundaries on Consumption and Waste

How serious is the threat to the environment? Here is one measure of the problem: all we have to do to destroy the planet’s climate and biota and leave a ruined world to our children and grandchildren is to keep doing exactly what we are doing today, with no growth in the human population or the world economy. Just continue to release greenhouse gases at current rates, just continue to impoverish ecosystems and release toxic chemicals at current rates, and the world in the latter part of this century won’t be fit to live in. But, of course, human activities are not holding at current levels—they are accelerating, dramatically.

—James Gustave Speth, The Bridge at the Edge of the World ...

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