William R. Catton, Jr., is professor of sociology at Washington State University and author of From Animistic to Naturalistic Sociology and more than seventy-five . William R. Catton Jnr. explained humanity’s overshoot situation in his book. Overshoot, The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change”. The front page. Overshoot has ratings and 30 reviews. Adam said: I’ve been Title: Overshoot Binding: Paperback Author: Catton, William R., JR. Publisher: Combined.

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Wethe human race, we have gone too far. Too many people are consuming too much resources – far beyond the carrying capacity of the planet.

Some people believe that T echnology reduces our I mpact because, at first view, it can reduce pollution locally, albeit with pollution and resource depletion elsewhere. FactuallyT echnology is part of A ffluence, our level of resource consumption. T echnology as a separate I mpact-factor is oversgoot because it increases the cayton of resource exploitation. Our impact is far too high, as can readily be see by the irreparable damage we have inflicted on our environments, waters, seas, lands, forests, mountains, overrshoot and fish, and the climate.

Population is the elephant in the room. But every additional person needs additional resources to sustain that additional person. The front page includes the following definitions: Prelude to Collapse – with stages of ecological understanding, excerpted from www. The balances are maintained if a resource is not consumed at a higher rate than needed for regeneration. In a situation of overshoot we see only one remedy: That means a reduction of our population size and our per capita resource consumption.

Less xatton leading a far more frugal life style.

Then we would have a chance to avoid total depletion and the demise of humankind in final resource wars. How this could be achieved in time, in an orderly and socially acceptable way, is a mystery. Since miracles are exceptions, these scenarios seem unstoppable and leading to this kind of post-modern world. The Sky “Might” Be Falling! Patrick Renau from Mt.


Overshoot (William R. Catton, Jr.) | Wesley Tanaka

At heart, it is about the implications of our profligate use of the world’s oil reserves. This book examines the consequences of our shortsightedness. It is an excellent resource about an issue that is fundamental to our society today. Trying to be a skeptic among both extremes of environmental thought can be a tough act, especially after reading such explosive “documentation” of what Catton blatantly overshoit “The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change”.

His research is thick and juicy; his claims believable.

William Catton’s warning

Written inthe concerns maintain an ever-increasing credibility of the much earlier “Tragedy of the commons” analogy, in that, limited resources and unlimited consumption will eventually come to a head. This book shines a giant flashlight on what many don’t what to look at. I’m still on the fence, but looking into the other yard now.

Highly recommend this for those in the light though it is written for those in the dark.

Could be one of the most important books in this lifetime, if not the next. Patrick Renau manages a ski resort in Washington.

He has a Masters degree in Earth Science and an undergraduate in business. He has written 11 overshoor for Amazon. Circular Versus Linear Ecosystems From the book Overshoot by William Catton see review oversyoot page 4 Whatever the origins of human redundancy, and whatever the sequel to it, we needed to see but were not seeing that what had happened to us between the wars, and especially what happened to us since World War II, had not resulted merely from politics or economics in the conventional sense.

The events of this period had simply accelerated a fate that began to overtake us centuries ago. The population explosion after and the explosive increase of technology during and after the war were oversnoot the most recent means of that acceleration.


All of these energy sources were derived from ongoing solar income. As long as man’s activities were based on them, this was, as church men said, “world without end. Locally, green pastures might become overgrazed, and still waters might be overused. Local environmental changes through the centuries might compel human communities to migrate. As long as resources available somewhere were sufficient to sustain the human population then in existence, the implication of Liebig’s law was that carrying capacity globally had not yet been overshot.

If man was then living within the earth’s current income, it was not from wisdom, but from ignorance of the buried treasure yet to be discovered.

Then the earth’s savings, and new ways to use them, began to be discovered. No regard for the total size of the legacy, or for the rate at which nature might still be storing carbon away, seemed necessary.

Homo sapiens set about becoming Homo colossus without wondering if the transformation would have to be quite temporary. Later, our pre-ecological misunderstanding of what was being done to our future was epitomized by that venerable loophole in the corporate tax laws of the United States, the oil depletion allowance.

William R. Catton Jr.

This measure permitted oil “producers” to offset their taxable revenues by a generous percentage, on the pretext that their earnings reflected depletion of “their” crude oil reserves. Even though nature, not the oil companies, had put the oil into the earth, this tax write-off was rationalized as an incentive to “production.

It was, in short, a government subsidy for stealing from the future. For a much longer excerpt from Overshootsee the Brain Food website at http:

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