Waking Up to the Century of Decline in Earth's Resources
The 20th century saw unprecedented growth in population, food production and energy consumption. As the population shifted from rural areas to urban cities, the human impact on the environment increased dramatically.
The 21st century has ushered in an era of decline in a number of crucial areas:
Global oil, natural gas and coal extraction
Minerals and ores, such as copper and platinum
Yearly grain harvests
To adapt to this profoundly different world, we must now begin to make radical changes to our attitudes, behaviour and expectations.
Peak Everything addresses many of the cultural, psychological and practical changes we will need to make as nature rapidly dictates our new limits. This latest book from Richard Heinberg, author of three acclaimed books on the issue of oil depletion, touches on the most important aspects affecting humanity at this momentous time.
A combination of wry commentary and sober forecasting on subjects as diverse as farming and industrial design, Peak Everything indicates 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 policy makers who are serious about effecting real change.
RICHARD HEINBERG is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost Peak Oil educators. A journalist and musician, he has lectured widely, appearing on national radio and television in various countries. He is a member of the core faculty at New College of California and Research Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute. His monthly Museletter has been in publication since 1992, and he is an award-winning author of seven books. Richard lives with his wife in a suburban home they have renovated for energy efficiency, where they grow much of their own food.
Published in the UK by Clairview Books, November 2007
£12.99; 224pp; 23.5 x 15.5 cm; paperback; ISBN 9781905570133