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
|Publisher:||University Press of Colorado|
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About the Author
Howard T. Odum was 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. Elisabeth C. Odum is professor emeritus at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida.
Table of Contents
List of Figures vii
List of Tables xi
The Approaching Summit 1
Introduction to the Way Down 3
The Present Condition 13
Intellectual Views of the Future 29
System Principles 59
The Ways of Energy and Materials in All Systems 61
Pulsing and the Growth Cycle 77
Real Wealth and the Economy 91
Spatial Organization 107
Population and Wealth 123
Policies for Transition and Descent 131
The Global Network 133
Energy Sources 151
Sustaining a Nation 171
Sustaining People 183
Starting Down 195
Reorganizing Cities 209
Restoring Waters 223
Refreshing the Landscape 235
Transmitting Knowledge 251
Preparing People 269
Summary for Action 279