Richard Heinberg: why end of growth can mean more happiness

“Richard Heinberg- whose latest book describes The End of Growth- isn’t looking for when the recession will end and we’ll get back to “normal”. He believes our decades-long era of growth was based on aberrant set of conditions- namely cheap oil, but also cheap minerals, cheap food, etc- and that looking ahead, we need to prepare for a “new normal”.

The problem, according to Heinberg, is our natural resources just aren’t so cheap and plentiful anymore, and he’s not just talking about Peak Oil, Heinberg believes in Peak Everything (also the title of one of his books).

Heinberg thinks for many, adjusting to a life where everything costs a bit more, could be very hard, but he also thinks the transition to a new normal might actually make life better.”

This is another great Fair Companies video. This video is from the Simple Living category.

1 thought on “Richard Heinberg: why end of growth can mean more happiness”

  1. I like what he had to say. I believe it’s called “truth”. We Americans have become the takers and will have to learn to be givers. We shouldn’t have to work year in and year out just to pay for food and shelter but, that’s the norm now. It shouldn’t be that way. Government regulations have to be voted out so that people can RE-learn how to live with common sense, abundance and “without” all the things we take for granted. All stories have endings and we’re all on the last couple pages so, now is the right time to change things up or else we’ll all be caught off guard when it ends.


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