Flourishing Within Limits to Growth : Following nature's way, Hardback Book


Decades of research and discussion have shown that the human population growth and our increased consumption of natural resources cannot continue - there are limits to growth.

This volume demonstrates how we might modify and revise our economic systems using nature as a model. The book describes how nature uses three growth forms: biomass, information, and networks, resulting in improved overall ecosystem functioning and co-development.

As biomass growth is limited by available resources, nature uses the two other growth forms to achieve higher resource use efficiency.

Through a universal application of the three `R's: reduce, reuse, and recycle, nature thus shows us a way forward towards better solutions.

However, our current approach, dominated by short-term economic thinking, inhibits full utilization of the three `R's and other successful approaches from nature. Building on ecological principles, the authors present a global model and futures scenario analyses which show that implementation of the proposed changes will lead to a win-win situation.

In other words, we can learn from nature how to develop a society that can flourish within the limits to growth with better conditions for prosperity and well-being.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 222 pages, 43 Line drawings, black and white; 4 Halftones, black and white; 21 Tables, black and whi
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Environmental economics
  • ISBN: 9781138842526

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