A Prosperous Way Down: Principles and Policies

A Prosperous Way Down: Principles and Policies

by Howard T. Odum
     
 

ISBN-10: 0870816101

ISBN-13: 9780870816109

Pub. Date: 06/28/2001

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

A Prosperous Way Down, the last book by Howard T. and Elisabeth C. Odum, has shaped politics and planning as nations, states, and localities begin the search for ways to adapt to a future with vastly increased competition for energy.

A Prosperous Way Down considers how the future could be peaceful and prosperous with less fossil fuel. History records the collapse of

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A Prosperous Way Down, the last book by Howard T. and Elisabeth C. Odum, has shaped politics and planning as nations, states, and localities begin the search for ways to adapt to a future with vastly increased competition for energy.

A Prosperous Way Down considers how the future could be peaceful and prosperous with less fossil fuel. History records the collapse of countless civilizations, but some societies and ecosystems have managed to descend in orderly stages, reducing demands and selecting and saving what is most important.

The authors make recommendations for a more equitable and cooperative world society, with specific suggestions based on their evaluations of trends in global population, wealth distribution, energy sources, conservation, urban development, capitalism and international trade, information technology, and education.

Available for the first time in paperback, this thoughtful, provocative book forces us to confront assumptions about our world's future and provides both a steadying hand and a call to action with its pragmatic analysis of a global transition.

About the Author:
Howard T. Odum is internationally renowned for his development of the science of systems ecology and as a pioneering voice in environmental science, ecology, and ecological engineering and economics

About the Author:
Elisabeth C. Odum is professor emeritus at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870816109
Publisher:
University Press of Colorado
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. IThe Approaching Summit1
1Introduction to the Way Down3
2The Present Condition13
3Intellectual Views of the Future29
Pt. IISystem Principles59
4The Ways of Energy and Materials in All Systems61
5Pulsing and the Growth Cycle77
6Real Wealth and the Economy91
7Spatial Organization107
8Population and Wealth123
Pt. IIIPolicies for Transition and Descent131
9The Global Network133
10Energy Sources151
11Sustaining a Nation171
12Sustaining People183
13Starting Down195
14Reorganizing Cities209
15Restoring Waters223
16Refreshing the Landscape235
17Transmitting Knowledge251
18Preparing People269
19Summary for Action279
Notes287
References295
Index305

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