Low Carbon Pathways are not enough…. Consumption Cuts a Must!

The article, which we published recently, argues that:

  • Economic growth based on consumption is dependent on the exploitation of natural resources
  • Sustainable development demands lifestyle changes as much as technology and innovation
  • De-growth of the wealthiest economies rather than clean technology is the need of the hour

Aricle Link: http://www.scidev.net/south-asia/sdgs/opinion/sustainable-development-and-de-growth.html


3 thoughts on “Low Carbon Pathways are not enough…. Consumption Cuts a Must!

  1. kurtzs October 13, 2015 / 8:46 pm

    Given the principles of Maximum Power (MPP) and Maximum Entropy Production (MEPP) as developed by Lotka, Odum, and Salthe ( among others), it is unlikely that voluntary reduction in consumption will happen. The rare voluntary simplicity communes are a tiny fraction of 1%.

    As I wrote in 2013: Free Will is vastly overrated.

    Steve Kurtz

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  2. Mihir January 9, 2016 / 7:56 am

    Steve. You have referred to some principle as a basis for your conclusion. What is new principles open up new possibilities? Of course new principles have to be evolved from the changing behavior of reality and human beings. Do you see that happening?


  3. kurtzs January 9, 2016 / 10:27 am

    Hi Mihir,

    Feedback and resultant behavior modification are ever-present opportunities. However, they are unlikely to bring about replacement of the MPP and MEPP in my opinion. Those apply to both non-living and living systems with no known exceptions. Simplicity is thus unlikely to be voluntary except to the extent that it betters the reproduction, perpetuation, and thriving of offspring in living systems. Other species go through population expansions and reductions in cycles over time, with some going extinct based upon myriad factors. Humans are no exception in the opinion of many biologists.


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