We’ve been living beyond our means for a long time and now it’s all blown up in our faces. The shock to the system from the near-collapse of our global banking industry has been traumatic. Even so, it will be as nothing compared to the near-imminent collapse of the ecological systems on which we depend. And the two are intimately connected. But in all the intense coverage of the economic recession, there’s been surprisingly little reference to environmental issues.

There will be little chance of engineering any kind of meaningful response to either crisis unless we understand that the ‘living ...


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