A Planet of 3 Billion: Mapping Humanity's Long History of Ecological Destruction and Finding Our Way to a Resilient Future A Global Citizen's Guide to Saving the Planet

A Planet of 3 Billion: Mapping Humanity's Long History of Ecological Destruction and Finding Our Way to a Resilient Future A Global Citizen's Guide to Saving the Planet

by Christopher Kevin Tucker

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Overview

How many people can the Earth support? Tucker makes the case that Earth's 'carrying capacity' is limited to 3 billion humans, & that humanity's century long binge has incurred an unsustainable ecological debt that must be paid down promptly, or else cataclysm awaits. A must read for everyone who cares about the fate of our planet & our species.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578491424
Publisher: Atlas Observatory Press
Publication date: 09/09/2019
Pages: 342
Sales rank: 286,659
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

CHRISTOPHER TUCKER has spent the last two decades at the intersection of technology, strategy, geography and national security as an innovator, investor, social entrepreneur, author, and strategic advisor to the US national security community. As Chairman of the American Geographical Society, he launched a multi-year strategic dialog known as Geography2050, focused on the vital trends that will reshape the geography of our planet over the coming decades. As the creator of MapStory.org, he pioneered the democratization of spatio-temporal data, and its use to understand our rich past, our complex present, and our uncertain future. He has served on a wide variety of public sector, corporate, and non-profit boards including the Defense Science Board Intelligence Task Force, the Director of National Intelligence's Strategic Studies Group, the Secretary of Interior's National Geospatial Advisory Committee, the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, and the Open Geospatial Consortium. He holds a BA, MA, and PhD from Columbia University. His passion for geography and the fate of future generations animates this work.

Table of Contents

There Is No Invisible Hand 1

A Finite World With Infinite Possibility 5

Earth’s People Problem 11

Industrialization of the Global Landscape 35

The Geography of Humanity’s Waste 69

Defining Protected Areas for Conservation,

Preservation, and Restoration 111

Connectography as Possibility and Peril 135

How to Calculate Earth’s Maximum Carrying Capacity 147

How to Bring the Population Down to 3 Billion 183

Reimagining Economics for an Era of De-growth 193

The Geopolitical Implications of Population Decrease 207

A Cookbook for Global Leaders and Global Citizens 221

Table of Contents

The Consequences of Ignoring Reality 249

An Epilogue on Planetary Ethics 253

A Call for Participation 259

The New Geographic Data Needed to Navigate to

the New Population Plateau 263

Letters to the Pope, Jeff Bezos, Bill and Melinda Gates,

and President Xi Jinping 269

Acknowledgments 279

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