Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change by William R. Catton

By William R. Catton

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Perhaps at no time in human heritage has there been a extra compelling have to reassess public assumptions and to alter nationwide expectancies. Overshoot is a publication that contributes to this very important task."

-- Stewart Udall, former Secretary of the internal
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That is one jaw of the closing vise. The other is the accumulation of harmful substances that are unavoidably created by our life processes. There are so many of us, using so much technology, that these substances accumulate too fast for the global ecosystem to reprocess them; in fact, by overloading the natural reprocessing systems we are even breaking down their already limited caglobal ecosystems, as shall see in Part IV, other pacity to set things right for us. 10 This accumulation of toxic materials also reduces the earth's human carrying capacity.

It behooves some who have borne the presadversaries' deprivations. sure only marginally to discern and discuss its nature, that all may stand some chance of abstaining from the plight-worsening actions to which pressure so The pressure easily tempts us. which we have collectively subjected ourselves, be turned off, of course. But it is already too late to evade the future by so doing. This book is not a belated harangue for more birth control, much less a plea for one more revolution, or one last orgy of repentance.

As we reap the whirlwind of troubles necessitated by excessive success, thinking ecologically of our global predicament may reduce the temptation to hate those who seem to be trespassing against us. 12 Our Need for a New Perspective Notes 1. Swing 1964, 2. "Desertification," the 3. one type of humanly relevant example of such environmental degradation. See Glantz 1977. As Ophuls (1977, p. 222) says, in terms of values derived from four cena p. modern word 137. " Heil- broner (1974, p. 132) foresees "convulsive" change.

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