Knowing our limits!


From the Observer – Andrew Simms.

“Limits govern everything – from the speed of light to our ability to absorb oxygen or withstand heat. The art of operating within the tolerance thresholds of the material world is what keeps roofs above our heads and bridges standing. Yet, we blithely disregard this at the level of the whole economy. When Daedalus, the Athenian master craftsman, flew, it was a triumph of intelligently crafted ambition. The fall of Icarus, his son, when he failed to respect the heat tolerances of the wax and feathers keeping him aloft, is a lasting monument to fatal disregard of material boundaries.

Britain’s economy is in the grip of an Icarus complex. It touches everything from, appropriately, the debate on aviation expansion, to our increasing dependence on fossil fuels and the historically unprecedented scale and speed of tropical deforestation driven by over-consumption”.

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jan/05/sober-british-economy-learn-our-limits

Comment  This is a very useful contribution which we should all read and act upon.

Everyone should recognise limits when someone comes up with bonkers ideas about unsustainable housing targets in particular and growth in general!

 

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