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Open Access The Real Message of The Limits to Growth

A Plea for Forward-Looking Global Policy

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It remains an open question whether economic growth without growing physical impact is feasible. It is possible in principle, but has not yet been observed in practice. The Limits to Growth did not seek to resolve this question, and the authors were split in their views on whether full decoupling can be realized. But they did agree that global society ought to reduce its ecological footprint per unit of consumption, and much more important, start doing so in time to avoid global overshoot. They also agreed that the task would be greatly simplified if human society moved away from its fascination with growth.

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Keywords: ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS; ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT; ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE; SCENARIO ANALYSIS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 June 2012

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