Lester Brown: Perspectives on Limits to Growth / World on the Edge

We are facing issues of near-overwhelming complexity and unprecedented urgency. […]

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May 3, 2013

We are facing issues of near-overwhelming complexity and unprecedented urgency. Can we think systematically and fashion policies accordingly? Can we move fast enough to avoid environmental decline and economic collapse? Can we change direction before we go over the edge? I will look at the economic future through and environmental lens to fashion a plan that will sustain civilization. The plan has four components: a massive cut in global carbon emissions of 80 percent by 2020; the stabilization of world population at no more than 8 billion by 2040; the eradication of poverty; and the restoration of forests, soils, aquifers, and fisheries.

Lester Brown: Perspectives on Limits to Growth World on the Edge

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  1. Gary75511 May 23, 2012 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    You are right the world is screwed but we must try to do something. If we
    just sit back and watch the worlds resources plundered ……O forget it we
    are screwed why wast my time. NO NO I must not give up. O forget it we are
    screwed. No No I must not give up. We are screwed. If i was Superman I
    would smash every NATO aircraft first off. Then kick the Presidents ass,
    then all of Congress then the CEO’s.

  2. NYKnuckleballer May 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Loved the speech. I’m a believer!

  3. scott76252 July 28, 2012 at 1:01 am - Reply

    while I agree with much of limits to growth, grains are not a natural food
    for either cattle or humans. Cows eat grass…it takes zero grains to make
    a cow. Grains (and soy too) will make feedlot cattle sick (called “downers”
    that can’t get up) and they’ll make you sick too. Gluten, for example,
    causes intestinal permeability. IP is associated with autoimmune diseases.
    Youtube Gluten Free Paleo Diet Discussed on Fox News Interview with Dr.

  4. Jdmsword14 September 18, 2012 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Don’t give up my fellow kindred spirit. If we (the people who care) quiet
    our voices now it is too late. Fight everyday, we are on the brink of a
    revolution in humanity and society, new sustainable practices are coming
    out everyday and we need the people who care to make these methods and
    ideas become common knowledge to all. you are right we can not sit back and
    watch the worlds resources be plundered, the environment turned into a
    brownfield. You aren’t superman but you don’t have to be!

  5. Lucas Riedler November 14, 2012 at 8:16 am - Reply

    where are these people that care? I don’t know any of them. I would love to
    do something, but everything seems so inconsequential…….and the
    problems so immense, it seems it would be better to buy a gun and figure
    out the best place to go to have access to food and water when it all comes
    crashing down. That may be a cynical view……

  6. Cynthia Walters January 21, 2013 at 7:28 am - Reply

    The key to changing a current paradigm (belief system of the masses at that
    point in time) is to persistently keep the idea in front of others. Each
    person (it can only be one for example) has a responsibility to themselves
    and others to stay on track and and tell others what they percieve to be
    the best action and/or ideas for the good of themselves and thier
    community. One person’s community could possibly be just one person,
    another person’s community can be as large as a million souls.

  7. Cynthia Walters January 21, 2013 at 7:32 am - Reply

    You are right, most animals will become sick on grains. I have recently
    gone sugar and gluten free also. Sprouted flax seed is very good for all as
    well as rice. The animals need the grass and we should be eating animals
    that are free range and anitiotic free. I am sure Lester is aware of all of

  8. ks391262 February 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    I can’t believe that, of all people and WHEN HE IS TALKING ABOUT WATER
    SHORTAGES, he takes out a plastic disposable bottle of water and drinks it!

  9. ks391262 February 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Cognitive dissonance!

  10. 4aSteadyStateEconomy March 10, 2013 at 3:10 am - Reply

    Do you know that he didn’t refill that bottle earlier? Do you know that it
    wasn’t vodka?

  11. LiberaLib March 27, 2013 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    What, he’s supposed to die of thirst on stage because he’s calling
    attention to the fact that there are impending water shortages? that don’t
    make no sense.

  12. Lone Wolf April 7, 2013 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    Industrial agriculture is literally the conversion of petroleum into
    (alleged) food. Petroleum is a finite and diminishing resource. Human folly
    is not constrained by reality. Wanton delusion is and always will be
    self-destructive. Bye bye bipeds.

  13. Nick Cassim April 16, 2013 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    I just wish there were a way to instantly mobilise every citizen in the US,
    Europe and my little home Australia, to make all of this happen. That is
    our scarcest resource – willing and informed people!!

  14. David Kopriva October 19, 2013 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Lester Brown makes a number of assumptions that do not have to be. the
    majority of the crops that are grown are used to create manufactured food
    that should not be considered necessary. When i walk in to a store, 75% of
    the shelves can be removed and we would still have an abundance of good
    food. The greatest detriment to agricultural and world of food is when ag.
    scientists came up with the phrase “feed the world”. the implication of
    this phrase is devastating. the food shortage is a hoax.

  15. deretreivels44 December 31, 2013 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    The USDA report predicts 2013-2014 corn ending stocks of 1.887 billion
    bushels, which is about a 130 percent increase in stocks from 2012-13.

  16. pcuimac March 17, 2014 at 9:37 am - Reply

    lol. The ‘war on carbon emissions’ will not happen.
    America will start more wars for oil instead.

  17. Wilkid Valcinord April 8, 2014 at 10:19 pm - Reply

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