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Virtual Library File - Global Resource Depletion: Is Population the Problem?

The Challenge

Environmental degradation and resource depletion threaten the sustainability of economic growth in the developed world, and build enormous pressures in the developing world as it strives to match th ...

Environmental degradation and resource depletion threaten the sustainability of economic growth in the developed world, and build enormous pressures in the developing world as it strives to match the West’s prodigal lifestyle. Both issues can be addressed by the Circular Economy (CE): if we stop generating waste, and re-use and recycle resources, we avoid environmental degradation and stave off resource depletion. But, the financial realities of (mostly) capitalist societies make so many recycling initiatives unattractive.

An analysis of resource depletion and the links between resource depletion, population, economic growth and economic models. One may agree or disagree with the authors' conclusion that "capitalism must go", but it would be hard to disagree that some change in our dominant economic model is needed.