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The financial crisis that has blighted the world's richest countries since 2008 was a turning point in human history because it ushered in an era in which economies will tend to shrink rather than grow. Incomes will decline because the natural resources required for growth particularly oil the lifeblood of the world economy can no longer be extracted in growing quantities. Indeed as this book shows the financial crash itself was due to an irresistible force the rising global demand for cheap fossil fuels meeting an immoveable object a static supply.Fleeing Vesuvius is a collection of 27 essays by well-known international authors all leading thinkers in their fields. Luminaries such as David Korowicz Richard Douthwaite Nate Hagen Dmitry Orlov and Dan Sullivan weave together the threads of peak oil resource depletion economic instability and climate change and offer far-reaching solutions including: * Concrete strategies for personal adaptation * Workable models of self-reliant local communities * Frameworks to support international action on financial and economic reformTimely practical and fundamentally optimistic Fleeing Vesuvius is a must read for anyone concerned with reducing our risk of environmental and societal collapse.
- New Society Publishers, April 2011
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