Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update

Author: Donella H. Meadows, Jorgen Randers, Dennis L. Meadows


by spodek   2018-01-11
Limits to Growth, the 30 year update, if 2004 is recent enough.

by spodek   2017-12-17
I remember the first time reading this book, or rather the 30 year update -- -- thinking, "this is the approach to take to understand how the economy, ecology, pollution, and so on interact."

Everything else was just looking at elements. Technology is important, for example, but exists within a system. They looked at the system. They had to simplify and assume a lot, which the media didn't understand (probably benign ignorance) and critics blew out of proportion (probably maliciously), but I found their approach the most meaningful.

Sadly, I know many people who care about the environment but don't understand the (relatively simple) math in their approach, and many people who understand the math but don't care about the environment, but almost no one who cares and understands. So in about a decade since reading it, I haven't found anyone I can talk to about it meaningfully.

A great companion by one of the authors is Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows --

Both changed my views more than almost any other books.