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The Ecotechnic Future

Envisioning a Post-Peak World
Paperback Book
New Society
October, 2009
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Banyen's Description: 

In response to the coming impact of Peak Oil, John Greer envisions the transition from an industrial society to a sustainable ecotechnic world—not returning to the past, but creating a society that supports relatively advanced technology on a sustainable resource base.

Fusing human ecology and history, The Ecotechnic Future challenges assumptions held by mainstream and alternative thinkers about the evolution of human societies. Human societies, like ecosystems, evolve in complex and unpredictable ways, making it futile to try to impose rigid ideological forms on the patterns of evolutionary change. The future, he proposes, requires dissensus—a deliberate acceptance of radical diversity that widens the range of potential approaches to infinity.

Our species has launched itself on a journey through time far more complex and less predictable than anything either the historicist or cyclic theories of history can encompass. The road to the ecotechnic future can only be guessed at in advance, and will have to be built step by step as the human societies of the future struggle to adapt the legacies of our age to the hard limits of a finite planet and the unguessable possibilities of our own time. What we do now, or leave undone, may have a potent influence on their successes or failures.

Written in three parts, the book places the present crisis of the industrial world in its historical and ecological context in part one; part two explores the toolkit for the Ecotechnic Age; and part three opens a door to the complexity of future visions.

 “Nothing short of brilliant. He has the multidisciplinary smarts to deeply understand our human dilemma as we stand on the verge of the inevitable collapse of industrialism. And he wields uncommon writing skills, making his diagnosis and prescription entertaining, illuminating, and practically informative. Not to be missed.”—Richard Heinberg, author of Peak Everything

Also by Greer is The Long Descent.

Publisher’s Description: 

How to survive and thrive in the post-industrial age

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