The Third Revolution
Paul Harrison

Expanded Contents

Executive Summary

Factors - direct and indirect
Major areas of impact
The dynamics of change
Pulling out all the stops - a strategy for change
Priority for human resource development
Making a difference

I. One Part Wisdom: The Great Debate

Shifting into higher gears
Objections to Utopia
Malthus: the baleful theorem
The socialists reply
The Boserup thesis
The modern Malthusians
Cornucopias and injustices
Ideological chaos

II. The O'ergrowth of Some Complexion

Revolutions and eco-crises
Succeeding to excess
What a piece of work is man
Who would fardels bear? The agricultural revolution
Permanent revolution
Rise, Peter; kill and eat
The Second Environmental Crisis and the Industrial Revolution
The third crisis

III. Bounded in a Nutshell: The New Limits to Growth

Cook, little pot, cook
Land and food: Malthus was wrong - but for how long?
Looming limits
The closing frontier
The inner frontier
The mathematics of Malthus
Plumbing the depths
Water, water everywhere - and not a drop to drink
Stop, little pot, stop

 

XVII . Towards a General Theory

Measuring the blame
Summary of population impacts
From gatherers to managers
The problems of adaptation
There's many a slip
Risking the earth
The politics of environmental response

XVIII. Particular Faults: Sharing the Blame 

The filthy rich
Destitution and degradation
Dimensions of inequality
Imperfect markets
The supposed tragedy of the commons
The real tragedy of the commons
The power of democracy
Towards a holistic analysis

IXX. We Defy Augury: Options for Action

Another earth
The consumption explosion
Abolishing underconsumption
Reducing overconsumption
Dematerialization
Technologies for a sustainable world
Running up the down escalator
The population contribution
Breathing space
Aiming low
Opening up options
The right to choose
Pulling out all the stops

XX. If It Be Not Now, Yet It Will Come: Toward the Third Revolution

The Hamlet syndrome
Alternative futures
Blips, slopes and climbs
That we would do, we should do when we would
Aspects of resilience
Absence makes the heart grow fonder
Toward the Third Revolution
The readiness is all

Appendix: Assessing Population Impact on Environment

Table 1.LAND AND LIVESTOCK
Table 2. FERTILIZER USE
Table 3.AIR POLLUTANTS FROM ENERGY USE IN THE OECD 1970-88
Table 4.WORLD CARBON DIOXIDE EMISSIONS 1960-1988

Appendix 2: Population and Economic Development

Elimination of poverty
Sustained economic growth
The underlying reasons
Table: POPULATION GROWTH AND ECONOMIC GROWTH: CORRELATIONS

Endnotes

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