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CLIMATE AFTERGROWTH
ASHER MILLER
&
 ROB HOPKINS
WHY ENVIRONMENTALISTS MUST EMBRACE POST-GROWTH ECONOMICS AND COMMUNITY RESILIENCE
 
 
About the Authors
 
Asher Miller
 is the Executive Director of Post Carbon Institute. Post Carbon Institute leads the transition to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world by providing individuals and communities with the resources needed to understand and respond to the interrelated economic, energy, and ecological crises of the 21st century. Its thirty Fellows are among the most well-respected sustainability experts in the world.
Rob Hopkins
 is one of the UK’s most influential environmentalists. He is co-founder of Transition Network and Transition Town Totnes, and a founder of the Transition movement, once described by the BBC as “the biggest urban brainwave of the century.” Transition Network was set up in 2007 to promote and respond to the rapid spread of Transition initiatives around the world, which number more than 1,400 in 44 countries.
Climate After Growth: Why Environmentalists Must Embrace Post-Growth Economics and Community Resilience
By Asher Miller and Rob Hopkins Copyright © 2013 by Post Carbon Institute and Transition Network. All rights reserved. Post Carbon Institute Santa Rosa, California, USA www.postcarbon.org Transition Network Totnes, Devon, UK www.transitionnetwork.org
 
 
Contents
Executive Summary ........................................................................................................................................................................... i
 
Introduction ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 1
 
Our “New Normals” .......................................................................................................................................................................... 3
 
The New Energy Normal ........................................................................................................................................................... 4
 
The Oil Problem ...................................................................................................................................................................... 4
 
Impacts ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 6
 
The New Climate Normal ........................................................................................................................................................... 8
 
The New Economic Normal ..................................................................................................................................................... 10
 
The Case for Community Resilience ............................................................................................................................................ 13
 
What We Mean By Resilience ................................................................................................................................................... 14
 
Community Resilience in Action .............................................................................................................................................. 16
 
Energy ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 16
 
Food .......................................................................................................................................................................................... 16
 
Economy .................................................................................................................................................................................. 17
 
Community Resilience As Economic Development ............................................................................................................. 17
 
Taking it to Scale.............................................................................................................................................................................. 19
 
What’s Needed ........................................................................................................................................................................... 20
 
Conclusion ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 22
 
Further Reading .............................................................................................................................................................................. 23
 
Photo Credits ................................................................................................................................................................................... 24
 
Endnotes ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 24
 
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