The population problem should be considered from the point of view of all populations–populations of both humans and their things–if we are going to achieve a steady state economy.
These are the CASSE blog articles on consumption.
If we are to degrow the economy towards a steady state, we’re going to need to be a whole lot more generous, a whole lot happier, and more grateful for what we have already.
Herman Daly explains how we can use prices now as tools for rationing a fixed predetermined flow of resources, rather than determining the volume of resources taken from nature, or the physical scale of the economic subsystem.
Our current economic policy goal is not fit for a finite and entropic world. But what would our economic policy goal be in a steady state economy?
Our economy faces a futility limit, ecological catastrophe limit, and an economic limit. Fortunately, the economic limit will likely be the first we encounter; hopefully we can implement a steady state economy before the others are reached!
The purchase of expensive luxury goods requires an agricultural and extractive surplus at the base of the economy–this is the “tropic theory of money.”
What can you do in the face environmental and social mayhem? Learn something, say something, and do something.
What can leprosy and its treatment teach us about ourselves and how to manage our environmental crises?
Jimmy fox suggests three steps necessary to shrink our ecological footprint to fit within Earth’s biocapacity.