ISBN: 9781931498586 Year Added to Catalog: 2004 Book Format: Paperback Book Art: graphs, flow charts, bibliography, index Number of Pages: 6 x 9, 368 pages Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Old ISBN: 193149858X Release Date: May 1, 2004 Web Product ID: 10
"Confirming many of the trends outlined in The Limits to Growth three decades ago, we are now 20 percent above the Earth's carrying capacity, and on a collision course with unsupportable population growth, biodiversity loss, runaway climate change and global food and water shortages. With even the Pentagon warning that global warming could pose more of a threat than terrorism, it's time we paid serious attention to the sustainable prescriptions outlined in Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Global Update."
—Jim Motavalli, editor, E/The Environmental Magazine and editor of Feeling the Heat: Dispatches From the Frontlines of Climate Change (Routledge)
"Almost every computer scenario in this relentless book confirms our gathering nightmare about the impending ecological collapse of our civilization. Even as we overshoot the limits of the planet, each new day of inaction forecloses choices and foreshortens horizons. But the overarching lesson of all the combined computer runs of World 3-03 is that a truly sustainable world--marked by equity, diversity, community and fulfillment--begins with the capacity for unlimited growth of the human heart."
—Ross Gelbspan, author of Boiling Point (Basic Books, 2004) and The Heat Is On (Perseus Books, 1998)
"Reading the 30th-year update reminds me of why the systems approach to thinking about our future is not only valuable, but indispensable. Thirty years ago, it was easy for the critics to dismiss the limits to growth. But in today's world, with its collapsing fisheries, shrinking forests, falling water tables, dying coral reefs, expanding deserts, eroding soils, rising temperatures, and disappearing species, it is not so easy to do so. We are all indebted to the "Limits" team for reminding us again that time is running out."
—Lester Brown, Earth Policy Institute
"Not everything bears repetition, but truth does--especially when both denied by entrenched interests and verified by new information."
—Herman E. Daly, former senior economist in the Environment Department of the World Bank and Professor School of Public Affairs University of Maryland
"The authors of this book are the Paul Reveres of our time--sounding the alarm and calling us to action, before it's just too late. How long will our elected leaders, business executives and citizens ignore the warnings? The ice caps are melting, fresh water is disappearing, fisheries and forests are being wiped out, and yet our leaders seem unable to respond. This book is a crucial tool for every citizen and leader who wants to help turn these trends around and build a safer, sustainable future."
—Betsy Taylor, President, Center for a New American Dream
"Thirty years has proved this model prophetic; now, in It's newest iteration, we get one last challenge. May we pay more careful attention than in the past! We owe a great debt to the authors, including the late Donella Meadows, for whom this volume will serve as one of many fitting epitaphs."
—Bill McKibben, author, The End of Nature
"Thirty years ago, The Limits to Growth was widely but erroneously attacked for prophesying doom, ignoring price, and denying adaptation. Today, with the global dynamics and challenges it foresaw now obvious to all, and the reforms it urged more vital than ever, its timely update remains an exceptionally valuable tool for understanding the unfolding future and creating the kind of future we want. Is there intelligent life on Earth? Work like this suggests grounds for cautious optimism."
—Amory B. Lovins, CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute
"In 1972, The Limits to Growth was published as a clarion call to begin changing the way the world worked so we safely made it to 2050-2070. The authors were clear that the path of change needed to begin "now" so we made a course correction within the next 30 years. Sadly, the message they wrote got badly misunderstood and by 30 years later, scores of critiques to the book claimed the authors warned that the world would run out of oil and other scare resources by 1990 or 2000. It is time for the world to re-read Limits to Growth! The message of 1972 is far more real and relevant in 2004 and we wasted a valuable 30 years of action plans by misreading the message of the first book."
—Matthew R. Simmons, energy analyst and founder, Simmons & Company International, The world's largest energy investment banking practice