Waking up to the Century of DeclinesBook - 2007
The twentieth century saw unprecedented growth in population, energy consumption, and food production. As the population shifted from rural to urban, the impact of humans on the environment increased dramatically.
The twenty-first century ushered in an era of declines, in a number of crucial parameters:
- Global oil, natural gas, and coal extraction
- Yearly grain harvests
- Climate stability
- Economic growth
- Fresh water
- Minerals and ores, such as copper and platinum
To adapt to this profoundly different world, we must begin now to make radical changes to our attitudes, behaviors, and expectations.
Peak Everything addresses many of the cultural, psychological, and practical changes we will have to make as nature rapidly dictates our new limits. This latest book from Richard Heinberg, author of three of the most important books on Peak Oil, touches on the most important aspects of the human condition at this unique moment in time.
A combination of wry commentary and sober forecasting on subjects as diverse as farming and industrial design, this book tells how we might make the transition from the Age of Excess to the Era of Modesty with grace and satisfaction, while preserving the best of our collective achievements. A must-read for individuals, business leaders, and policymakers who are serious about effecting real change.
Richard Heinberg is a journalist, lecturer, and the author of seven books, including The Party’s Over, Powerdown, and The Oil Depletion Protocol. He is one of the world’s foremost Peak Oil educators.
Heinberg (New College of California's Campus for Sustainable Living) previously set forth the argument that the world's oil production is peaking and will henceforth go into decline in The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies. Here he collects 11 essays exploring some of the social, economic, ecological, and political implications of the end of the era of cheap energy. These implications arise out of the recognition that the arrival of peak oil portends also the peak of per-capita consumption levels, economic growth, cheap and easy mobility, technological change and invention, and political stability, but perhaps also the peak of economic inequality, environmental destruction, and greenhouse gas emissions. Distributed by Consortium Books Sales and Distribution. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)