Resilience Adaptation Sustainability: What Do We Mean by 'Future Progress'?

Author(s): Robert Riddell

Farming, Animals & Agriculture

Around 1970 the planet and our occupation of it was pretty much a situation of balance; the biospheric absorptive and recycling capacity coping with resource uptake and waste discard. Since then a doubled human mass and carbon gas overload has spawned the greenhouse effect that has activated ice field melt, savannah extension, rainforest depletion, waste accumulation and species extinction.


Resilience is a prevent-and-adapt advisory. It evokes limits for the growth-on-growth ideology and print money process. It provokes a births-deaths equilibrium, reduced fossil carbon consumption, rainforest restoration and waste recycling. It is about future proofing the next generation.

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Robert Riddell (MA Camb. PhD Newcastle (UK), DipTP(NZ), ARICS), following a working life of mixed academic and practical endeavour, has retired to Helensville, a small town in New Zealand. Together with wife Heather, they established a Montessori pre-school. He has enjoyed the pleasure of working with esteemed colleagues on prestigious projects throughout his varied career, which include the following placements: Late 1960s to early 1970s: Lecturer, Town and Country Planning, University of Newcastle on Tyne, Early 1970s - mid 1980s: Assistant Director, Development Studies - Cambridge University, 1985 - 2000: Professor of Planning - University of Auckland (retired emeritus)

BACKGROUND 7; INTRODUCTION: Future Proofing 9; PART A: LIMITS OF RESILIENCE, 1 THREE COMMUNITIES TWO FAILURES 15, 2 HUMANITY AND THE BIOSPHERE 21, 3 CONSUMER CULTURE: An Unsustainable Juggernaut 29, 4 ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS: The Politics Of Greenwash 39, 5 PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT 51, 6 TECHNOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT 57, 7 BIOSPHERIC ECONOMICS: Perpetual Growth -- Perpetual Debt 65, 8 PART A: OVERVIEW 77; PART B: ACTIONS & ADAPTATIONS, 9 NEW PARADIGM: New Norms New Politics 81, 10, INFORMATION & EDUCATION: The Globalgood Curriculum 91, 11 ECONOMICS & DEMOGRAPHICS: The Globalgood Drivers 101, 12 RESOURCE CONSERVANCY With WASTE CONSERVANCY 113, 13 GOALS 123, 14 TARGETS 137, 15 PART B: OVERVIEW & SUMMARY 149; APPENDIX A: Consumer Behaviours Conceptualised 155; APPENDIX B: Warnings From Oceania 157; APPENDIX C: Exemplars From Oceania 165; APPENDIX D: Monetary Stability 171; APPENDIX E: Part B: Summary 175; REFERENCES 177; ENDNOTES 187

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