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Our day-to-day experiences over the past decade have taught us that there must be limits to our tremendous appetite for energy, natural resources, and consumer goods.
Even utility and oil companies now promote conservation in the face of demands for dwindling energy reserves. And for years some biologists have warned us of the direct correlation between scarcity and population growth.
These scientists see an appalling future riding the tidal wave of a worldwide growth of population and technology. A calm but unflinching realist, Catton suggests that we cannot stop this wave - for we have already overshot the Earth's capacity to support so huge a load.
He contradicts those scientists, engineers, and technocrats who continue to write optimistically about energy alternatives. Catton asserts that the technological panaceas proposed by those who would harvest from the seas, harness the winds, and farm the deserts are ignoring the fundamental premise that "the principals of ecology apply to all living things.
If we disregard these facts, our sagging American Dream will soon shatter completely. Catton has a very good way with words-- ghost acreages, Homo Colossus, Age of Exuberance --which serve to make the challenge of the future clear to anyone reading his book.
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William Catton’s warning
William R. Catton, Jr. William Wilberforce British Parliamentarian, 1. I recently finished reading a critically important book by Professor William R. I wished I had read it 27 years ago, but at that time I had already left my undergraduate ecological roots behind me while engaged in the excitement and challenges of the start of my public health career at the Wisconsin State Health Department. Well, better late than never!
Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change
William Robert Catton Jr. January 15, — January 5, was an American sociologist best known for his scholarly work in environmental sociology and human ecology. In addition, he has authored numerous scholarly articles, book chapters and book reviews. William Catton was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on January 15, He served in the US Navy from to After his military service he enrolled at Oberlin College , where he met Nancy Lewis. The two were married in and produced four sons, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.