Small is Beautiful After All
A new episode of the GrowthBusters podcast is out.
If you haven’t yet committed to avoid purchasing or drinking factory-bottled water, a recent study offers one more reason. Learn more on the podcast. Although I do encourage you to, as I’ve done, commit to avoid bottled water at all costs, let me be the first to tell you:
It will NOT save the planet.
Having grown world population WAY beyond a sustainable level of 2 billion and having continued to grow the global economy after we first exceeded the planet’s carrying capacity in the mid-1970s, we are so far into overshoot that “being green” – while important – is not nearly enough. Unless by “being green” you mean conceiving no more than one child, living as simply as you can, and telling politicians that promising economic growth will NOT earn your vote. Still…skip the bottled water. More about “why” on the podcast.
Also on the podcast:
A proposed California law will require communities to ignore zoning and allow high-rise buildings even in single-family residential neighborhoods near transit stops. Sounds like smart growth to me (oxymoron). I have mixed emotions about this, and share my perspective – related to our last episode about the sacrifices we must accept because we refuse to end population and economic growth.
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