Tim Jackon's explosive book Prosperity without Growth, makes a compelling case against continued economic growth in developed nations. This book takes everything that feels like “just how the world works” and turns it on its head to give you a breath-taking new view of how the world could be.
No one denies that development is essential for poorer nations. But in the advanced economies there is mounting evidence that ever-increasing consumption adds little to human happiness and may even impede it. More urgently, it is now clear that the ecosystems that sustain our economies are collapsing under the impacts of rising consumption. Unless we can radically lower the environmental impact of economic activity, we will have to devise a path to prosperity that does not rely on continued growth.
Tim Jackson provides a credible vision of how human society can flourish within the ecological limits of a finite planet. Fulfilling this vision is simply the most urgent task of our times.