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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It is the rate of change that matters as much as the degree or magnitude of change when it comes to shocking a population. He suggest, however, that if we understand how we have painted ourselves into an ecological corner and adopt cqtton ecological paradigm for sorting out human problems, then we might be able to lessen the severity of the impending collapse and deal with the collapse in a humane way, i. The one thing I disagree with is the suggestion that we have to use fossil fuels at the exact same pace that they’re replenished.

Then, we slipped into metal making, and invented many new tools for raising carrying capacity even higher. Get to Know Us. Trade is a way to overcome a local deficiency of ogershoot particular resource.

Terms commonly used today like ecological footprint have yet to be coined, instead Catton uses words like ‘ghost acreage’ and ‘phantom carrying capacity’ to drive home similar ideas of our collective folly in drawing upon the savings of the Earth in the form of fossil fuels.


I recently finished reading it and now am rereading it.

William R. Catton Jr.

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Jared Diamond’s Collapse is a must-read presentation of the same argument through an abundance of historical and modern geography case studies. And the suggestion is that newly created desire in poorer countries to also ovfrshoot past their country’s ecological means caused competition, and thus war and genocide.

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This blog feels good. It is an excellent resource about an issue that is fundamental to our society today. We began extracting solar energy that had been safely stored underground for millions of years.

It’s finally pointed out that carrying capacity can be temporarily oveshoot.

Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change

In addition, he has authored numerous scholarly articles, book chapters and book reviews. It spend most of the time making the simple premise that humanity has overshot the carrying capacity of the world and will therefore soon pvershoot the end of the age of exuberance. Derrick Jensen’s Endgame takes a much more emotional point of view, but this is also an important perspective. Value judgments are crucial in making long-term human policy decisions, just as they are in small-scale environmental and social issues.

That’s asking humankind for too much.

Showing of 49 reviews. Overshoot is unemotional, very clear, and would a wonderful introduction to these issues. Prelude to Collapse – with stages of ecological understanding, excerpted from www. These scientists see datton appalling future riding the tidal wave of a worldwide growth of population and technology. I’m afraid Catton will turn out to be a Cassandra — someone who told the truth but wasn’t listened to until it was too late.


William Catton’s warning – Resilience

Terms commonly used today like ecological footprint have yet to be coined, instead Catton uses words like ‘ghost acreage’ and ‘phantom carrying capacity’ to drive home similar ideas of An important book far ahead of its time in many ways, though I suppose it belonged to the era of environmental awakening in the s that came after the oil crisis and with the Carter administration. Views Read Edit View history. Prelude to Collapse Trade is a overhsoot to overcome a local deficiency of a particular resource.

Perhaps the most important thing to note about Catton is that he did not blame anyone for the human predicament. English Choose a language for shopping. The two were married in and produced four sons, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Perhaps by being more aware, we can avoid killing each other on a global scale. And as far as people dying, my guess is that unfortunately, it will happen in places that are already poor and already have lots of people dying.

Cattin supposing that our humanity exempts us, we delude ourselves. Sequel to Overshoot” by Phil Ardery, Jr art http: Greetings Michael and Connie! Read more Read less.