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Think Small – Take the Pledge

For a week we’ve explored the 1972 Limits to Growth study and the power of exponential growth (yet to be apparent in our wheat doubling demonstration). If you’re just now joining the conversation, explore the series here. We’ll have more, but right now you may be wondering what you can do with this information. It can be a bit daunting. Breaking the chains of growth addiction – whether it’s your own addiction, your town’s, or our society’s, seems difficult, if not impossible. Yes, in my view that’s about right. On a degree of difficulty scale of 1 to 10, this is a 15. But we actually can pull it off. We just have to break it down into a short laundry list of attitudes and behaviors, and then get busy checking them off.

sign-petitionI’ve taken the first step to make it easy for you. I’ve created that short list, in the form of a pledge that I’ve taken. Now I ask that you join me in taking the pledge. Just as important as taking the pledge, please invite a few hundred of your closest friends to join you in taking the pledge (okay, I’ll even settle for a dozen if I have to; they will admire you for being so enlightened!).

Please take the pledge now, and invite your friends, family and colleagues to join you. Thank you.

This is day four of our exponential growth demonstration. Yesterday we were at 4 grains of wheat.

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Today, double that, for a total of eight.

Dave Gardner
Filmmaker

Dave Gardner is the director of the new documentary, GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth, which uncovers the cultural forces that keep us pursuing growth in the face of overwhelming evidence we’ve outgrown the planet.

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