RICHARD HEINBERG ~ THE FIVE AXIOMS OF SUSTAINABILITY ~ PEAK EVERYTHING ~ 2007

~ ASTCTUCRUWC ~ Any Society That Continues To Use Critical Resources Unsustainably Will Collapse

~ PGAOGITROCORCBS ~ Population Growth And/Or Growth In The Rates Of Consumption Of Resources Cannot Be Sustained

~ TUORRMPAARTILTOETTRONR ~ The Use Of Renewable Resources Must Proceed At A Rate That Is Less Than Or Equal To The Rate Of Natural Replenishment

~ TUONRRMPAARTID-ATRODMBGTOETTROD ~ The Use Of Non-Renewable Resources Must Proceed At A Rate That Is Declining – And The Rate Of Decline Must Be Greater Than Or Equal To The Rate Of Depletion

~ SRTSIITEFHABMARHTBF ~ Sustainability Requires That Substances Introduced Into The Environment From Human Activities Be Minimized And Rendered Harmless To Biosphere Functions

RICHARD HEINBERG ~ PEAK EVERYTHING ~ 2007

~ WMFOAUTITANP-SAIAC-TATPAFOOOSTA ~ We Must Focus On And Use The Intangibles That Are Not Peaking – Such As Ingenuity And Cooperation – To Address The Problems Arising From Our Overuse Of Substances That Are

~ OCSTFDA-AIAAAS-MBTMATAFTUOFF-ATDTA-P-E-A-I-AP ~ Our Central Survival Task For The Decades Ahead – As Individuals And As A Species – Must Be To Make A Transition Away From The Use Of Fossil Fuels – And To Do This As – Peacefully – Equitably – And – Intelligently – As Possible

~ WWWAMOP-AIOTNWWAG-IIINTSGSOHDTTGE ~ While We Were Achieving Miracles Of Productivity – Agriculture’s Impact On The Natural World Was Also Growing – Indeed It Is Now The Single Greatest Source Of Human Damage To The Global Environment

~ TK-MF! ~ The Key – More Farmers!

~ CATUTTWPGTFITMRDOVAOSC ~ Cultural Anthropology Teaches Us That The Way People Get Their Food Is The Most Reliable Determinant Of Virtually All Other Social Characteristics

~ AABIHH-WWMIUAWGA-IRTNAO ~ As Always Before In Human History – We Will Make It Up As We Go Along – In Response To Necessity And Opportunity

~ WCBSWCITEITPHWWOOASS-AVEPOPATWOMS ~ What Can Be Said With Confidence Is That Everything In The Post-Hydrocarbon World Will Operate On A Smaller Scale – And Virtually Every Process Of Production And Transport Will Occur More Slowly

~ MWW-HWJAOHT-WNNDATSTPP-NWTCOTFU ~ Malthus Wasn’t Wrong – He Was Just Ahead Of His Time – We Need Not Do Anything To Solve The Population Problem – Nature Will Take Care Of That For Us

~ TLWWTFOO ~ The Longer We Wait The Fewer Our Options

~ HAHWF-FOFRTAOD-BHAIITRETSDPTAHTP ~ Humans Are Hard-Wired For – Flight-Or-Fight Responses To Adversity Or Danger – But Have An Innate Inability To Respond Effectively To Slowly Developing Problems That Are Hard To Personalize

~ D-A-B-D-A-F-A ~ Denial – Anger – Bargaining – Depression – And – Finally – Acceptance

~ A-M-P-E-A-TGP-WAHTGSW-ADSQ-TOCITIATPOFC ~ Advertisers – Manufacturers – Politicians – Economists – And – The General Public – Will All Have To Grow Some Wisdom – And Do So Quickly – To Override Customary Impulses Toward Individualism And The Preservation Of Familiar Comforts

~ TIAGTHP-DC-CWFG-MRTAOSTDOOS-TIAD ~ This Is A Generation That Has Practiced – Diachronic Competition – Competition With Future Generations – More Ruthlessly Than Any Other Since The Dawn Of Our Species – The Implications Are Devastating

~ ITDAWWBGTH ~ In The Decades Ahead We Will Be Going Through Hell

~ FGVTVFM ~ From Global Village To Village Flea Market

RICHARD HEINBERG ~ COMMUNITY ECONOMIC LABORATORIES ~ THE END OF GROWTH ~ 2011

~ FC ~ Food Coop

~ CFC-I-C-FP-FP-A-FSF-AALC(OOLBB)TSSLP ~ Community Food Center – Including – Commercial – Food-Processing – Food-Preserving – And – Food-Storage Facilities – Available At Low Cost (Or On Labour-Barter Basis) To Small-Scale Local Producers

~ CC-R-AWA-CBGPFSK ~ Community Garden – Rental – As Well As – Communal Beds Growing Produce For Soup Kitchens

~ HC-OFOIWCI-N-C-A-F ~ Health Center – Offering Free Or Inexpensive Wellness Classes In – Nutrition – Cooking – And – Fitness

~ F(A/OB)HC ~ Free (And/Or Barter) Health Clinic

~ CAMHS ~ Counseling And Mental Health Services

~ TL ~ Tool Library

~ OSCSOIM ~ Open-Source Customizable Sets Of Industrial Machines

~ WC-TCPWHCUSWNITC Work Center – That Connects People Who Have Currently Unused Skills With Needs In The Community

~ LC ~ Legal Clinic

~ CU-OLIOENIL ~ Credit Union – Offering Low-Interest Or Even No-Interest Loans

~ R/RCTTWIROVK-ICAS-AIRORP ~ Recycling/Re-Use Center That Turns Waste Into Resources Of Various Kinds – Including Compost And Scrap – And Into Re-Manufactured Or Re-Usable Products

~ C-OI ~ Co-Op Incubator

~ LCHAC ~ Local-Currency Headquarters And Clearinghouse

~ LTEI-I-CS-RS-BCO-APTH ~ Local-Transport Enterprise Incubator – Including – Car-Share – Ride-Share – Bicycle Co-Ops – A Public Transit Hub

~ SC-CAHWPWNAR-IRAOFLOSIFP-AWAVFOSS ~ Shelter Clearinghouse – Connecting Available Housing With People Who Need A Roof – Including Rentals And Opportunities For Legal Organized Squatting In Foreclosed Properties – As Well As Various Forms Of Space Sharing

~ CEC-OFOLCCISUFGBITNE ~ Community Education Centers – Offering Free Or Low-Cost Classes In Skills Useful For Getting By In The New Economy

RICHARD HEINBERG ~ THE END OF GROWTH

~ F&A ~ Foreseeable And Inevitable

~ TUVTPEGINAAPTA ~ The Unrealistic View That Perpetual Economic Growth Is Necessary And Also Possible To Achieve

~ TGEIPAZSG-WAESPTBDATW ~ The Global Economy Is Playing A Zero-Sum Game – With An Ever-Shrinking Pot To Be Divided Among The Winners

~ TITGWSOASPTCIHN ~ The Idea That Growth Will Stall Out At Some Point This Century Is Hardly New

~ TNTGCAEWNCBACPPPUISQ-ASWP’D’BPGBI ~ The Notion That Growth Cannot And Will Not Continue Beyond A Certain Point Proved Profoundly Upsetting In Some Quarters – And Soon Was Prominently “Debunked” By Pro-Growth Business Interests

~ ATEOCAFFCTAE-OAACEABSTTC ~ As The Era Of Cheap, Abundant Fossil Fuels Comes To An End – Our Assumptions About Continued Expansion Are Being Shaken To Their Core

~ CETWFDTAHPOSGTINE ~ Current Economic Theories Were Formulated During The Anomalous Historical Period Of Sustained Growth That Is Now Ending

~ TIRWRTFFR ~ The Industrial Revolution Was Really The Fossil Fuel Revolution

~ EOCG-TIEAOCAGD ~ Expectations Of Continuing Growth – Translated Into Enormous Amounts Of Consumer And Government Debt

~ NAEHFFTNTGWGOF-WTSHBLIIPC-THDPUPTCHSA ~ Not All Economists Have Fallen For The Notion That Growth Will Go On Forever – While These Schools Have Been Largely Ignored In Policy Circles – They Have Developed Potentially Useful Plans That Could Help Society Adapt

~ TAOGDNNIALOCOI ~ The Absence Of Growth Does Not Necessarily Imply A Lack Of Change Or Improvement

~ IOM-WMSFB ~ Instead Of More – We Must Strive For Better

~ RTPIEAFIOS-WMETWIQOLWSC ~ Rather Than Promoting Increased Economic Activity For Its Own Sake – We Must Emphasize That Which Increases Quality Of Life Without Stoking Consumption

~ MIE-HCTRC-WASPOEATTFOSBOTROFIVOAAOROIA ~ Modern Industrial Economies – Have Come To Resemble Casinos – Where A Significant Proportion Of Economic Activity Takes The Form Of Speculative Bets On The Rise Or Fall In Value Of An Array Of Real Or Illusory Assets

~ CIATBD ~ Civilization Is About To Be Downsized