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Fleeing Vesuvius: Overcoming the Risks of Economic amd Environmental Collapse


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"Fleeing Vesuvius does not just discuss the financial and economic changes needed to cope with our new situation. It includes two long sections, one on the changes we need to make in the way we think and the other on ways we relate to other people, particularly those living in our own areas.  Far more self-reliant local communities will certainly be required as the energy-dependent global economy breaks down.

Another section considers the changes required in way we use the land — how its fertility must be enhanced, how it can absorb greenhouse gases rather than release them and how our settlements should be planned.

Until these changes are made, crisis will follow crisis, each compounding the last, just as earthquake after earthquake damaged the buildings of Pompeii for many years before a massive eruption finally destroyed the city. Our situation is better. If we heed the financial earthquakes and the environmental tremors and rebuild our economy and society on a different basis, we may escape a catastrophic systemic meltdown.

This is a practical and fundamentally optimistic book. Its authors, all leading thinkers in their fields, are not afraid to take a hard look at many of the problems facing humanity and come up with far-reaching solutions. The rest of us will need courage to stop trying to patch up the familiar systems appropriate for an expanding economy, and to follow the escape routes proposed in this book." 

Edited by Richard Douthwaite and Gillian Fallon, published by FEASTA.

Product Code: FLEWF23H36

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