Finally got up the courage to read Overshoot, reviewed it on Amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book, September 7, 2015
Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change
This book was way ahead of its time when it was published 35 years ago. It is clearly written, compelling, and well-researched. The author has a gift for making brief summary statements which drive his point home. Overshoot explains that the greatest problem faced by humanity is that we have never understand the world as an ecosystem with limits to growth. Nature will have the last word. In Greek mythology, Cassandra was given the ability of prophecy with the added curse that nobody would listen to her. William R. Catton is also such a prophet, and we are just as reluctant to face the truth as the ancient Greeks were to listen to Cassandra. Our problem is not climate change, peak oil, overpopulation, capitalism, wealth inequality, nor political gridlock, but rather our inability to understand - and unwillingness to accept - the long-range implications of the global impact of humanity upon the ecosystem of our world. Our only choice is to live modestly - who wants to hear that? To read this book is to understand that it is the only choice available.
On the cover:
carrying capacity: maximum permanently supportable load.
cornucopian myth: euphoric belief in limitless resources.
drawdown: stealing resources from the future.
cargoism: delusion that technology will always save us from
overshoot: growth beyond an area’s carrying capacity, leading to
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