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Last Call: The complicated story of a study’s simple findings

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: April 8th, 2014

Dennis Meadows presenting Challenging the Existing Paradigm— The message of Limits to Growth is disarmingly simple: we cannot have infinite growth on a finite planet. Earth’s supplies of habitable land, fresh water, arable soil, mineral resources, and more will not be able to continuously satisfy the needs of a rapidly expanding global population and its increasing material demands. Dennis Meadows addresses the audience at an [...]

The Limits to Growth–Now Available to Read Online!

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: June 6th, 2013

By Sarah Parkinson

The complete text of the original Limits to Growth study is now accessible for free online, thanks to a partnership between the Dartmouth College Library and the Donella Meadows Institute. The Limits to Growth, originally published in 1972, was a groundbreaking study that modeled the dynamics of our human presence on the planet. The team behind it, led by Donella Meadows, [...]

Help Last Call “Change the Ending!”

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: April 30th, 2013

Last Call, a new documentary film, revisits the message of The Limits to Growth and shares a compelling vision of a sustainable future. It’s been forty years since Donella Meadows and her team at MIT published The Limits to Growth, but their message still needs to be heard–today more than ever. When their groundbreaking book first came out in 1972, the [...]

Learning from the Past

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: October 2nd, 2012

By Sarah Parkinson

Looking Backwards to Move Forwards in a Year of Anniversaries Happy anniversary to Silent Spring, The Limits to Growth, and other environmental milestones! (Image credit: lou.veyret via Flickr) While making progress on social and environmental issues requires looking forward with vision and resolve, there’s also good reason to look backwards. This year marks the anniversary of a number of historical events important [...]

Last Call: A Documentary Film About The Limits to Growth

Posted by Sarah Parkinson, Published: September 20th, 2012

By Sarah Parkinson

“There are physical limits to growth which, given current trends, are very likely to be encountered even within the lifetime of our children…The most likely outcome of running into these limits if we continue to ignore them is that we’ll overshoot those limits and collapse…Every year we delay decreases our ultimate options.”   –Dennis Meadows, 1972   While this warning has been [...]

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