Subject: Fwd: ?do we need rapid population reduction?
From: "Bill Howell. Retired from NRCan. now in Alberta Canada" <>
Date: Wed, 13 May 2015 06:25:30 -0600

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Subject: ?do we need rapid population reduction?
Date: Tue, 5 May 2015 04:35:03 -0300
From: peter salonius <>
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Hello again Bill --- copied for your interest.

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Subject: FW: It's here! Final video in Afterburn series: What would a more resilient society look like?
Date: Tue, 5 May 2015 04:21:39 -0300

TO: Staff of the New Brunswick Environmental Network (NBEN)
 CC: Jack Alpert, Author of video HOW MUCH DEGROWTH IS ENOUGH

At meetings hosted by the NBEN where environmental damage was being discussed -- when I suggested that the basic causal factor driving our impact on the world's ecosystems is the massive and growing number of humans AND that rather than concentrating exclusively on the symptoms of this damaging impact (forest simplification, ocean fisheries depletion, air and water pollution, increased species extinction rates etc) // some attention should be devoted to methods and policies designed to effect long a substantial long-term shrinkage of the number of humans on Earth (ideally by attrition orchestrated by adoption of One Child Per Family/OCPF behavior until we have shrunk to an environmentally supportable HALF BILLION people................... I was greated by shocked silence, followed by nervous smiling and then derission.

Below you can be exposed (if you choose to be) to FOUR short videos in which Richard Heinberg discusses humanity's overshoot of long-term ecological carrying capacity, energy depl;etion and the need to reduce human numbers to levels that can be supported by the Earth's resources.


Peter Salonius

Subject: It's here! Final video in Afterburn series: What would a more resilient society look like?
Date: Mon, 4 May 2015 19:32:44 +0000

It's here! Final video in Afterburn series: What would a more resilient society look like?

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A Resilient Society

Part four of a four-part video series. Released in conjunction with Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels.

In this short video, Richard Heinberg asks and explores, "what would a more resilient society look like?"

First, it would be less prone to shocks in the first place. It would reduce exposure to financial shocks by allowing less speculation and by forgiving a great deal of existing debt. It would reduce exposure to environmental shocks by learning to live within resource limits. That would mean dramatically slashing overall resource and energy use while doing a better job of reusing and recycling nonrenewable materials. It would also mean gradually downsizing human population levels. At the same time, we would make it a top priority to protect remaining wild ecosystems and their species.
A resilient society would foster an ethic of sharing and cooperation, rather than ruthless, winner-take-all competition.

This video is the final installment in a four-part series by Richard Heinberg and Post Carbon Institute. All four videos can be viewed here. The themes covered in these videos are much more thoroughly explored in Heinberg’s latest book, Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels.

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