- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: University of Illinois Press; New edition edition (June 1 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0252009886
- ISBN-13: 978-0252009884
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 499 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #377,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change Paperback – Jun 1 1982
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@CATTON\Overshoot@"Perhaps at no time in human history has there been a more compelling need to re-examine public assumptions and to change national expectations. Overshoot is a book that contributes to this vital task." -- Stewart Udall, former Secretary of the Interior
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the existential predicament we face is not widely understood -so the road to crash and die-off is looking more and more like an eighteen lane, no speed limit, super highway leading straight to the Seneca Cliff. Hope for humanity? Probably not.
I found a useful review "William Catton: Sequel to Overshoot" by Phil Ardery, Jr art http://www.greens.org/s-r/52/52-09.html.
Catton is saying that we have temporarily increased the Earth's carrying capacity for humans by "drawing down" limited natural resource, but in so doing we have "overshot" the Earth's permanent carrying capacity for humans. When the resources become scarce or run out, there will not be enough resources to support the current Earth's population, especially at the current standards of living. What will occur is a crash of the human population.
Catton is offering no solutions. He suggest, however, that if we understand how we have painted ourselves into an ecological corner and adopt an ecological paradigm for sorting out human problems, then we might be able to lessen the severity of the impending collapse and deal with the collapse in a humane way, i.e., avoid finding scapegoats for the collapse. We have been victims of our own success at temporarily increasing population and standards of living while avoiding the the ecological rules that govern life on our planet. Catton does a masterful job of explaining those rules and defining our ecological limits. This continued growth of people and stuff cannot continue.
I am urging people I know to read Overshoot. I am also buying copies of Overshoot and giving them to people. I am trying to think of ways to spread the word about this book, i.e., THE BOOK.
I cannot possibly say it better than the 12 other current reviewers of Catton's book, but I can say that Overshoot....is THE best ecological/environmental book I've ever seen, no qualifications possible.
Why more people don't know about this book, is hard to say, but the fact is that anyone who is interested in where the world is today in terms of energy and other environmental resources, how we got here and WHY we got here, needs to read this absolutely beautifully written book.
No other overview of the world's current predicaments, comes close to this gem of a document..it is almost as though all the powers of the Universe suddenly descended on Earth and provided the reasons for (and also some of the answers to) our situation, in this one superb book!