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Peak Everything: Waking Up to the Century of Declines Paperback – Illustrated, July 15, 2010

3.4 out of 5 stars 30 ratings

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The 20th century saw unprecedented growth in population, energy consumption and food production. As the population shifted from rural to urban, human impacts on the environment increased dramatically.

The 21st century ushered in an era of declines, including:
  • Oil, natural gas and coal extraction
  • Yearly grain harvests
  • Climate stability
  • Economic growth
  • Fresh water
  • Minerals and ores, such as copper and platinum
To adapt to this profoundly different world, we must begin now to make radical changes to our attitudes, behaviors and expectations.

Now in paperback and featuring a foreword by James Howard Kunstler, Peak Everything addresses many of the cultural, psychological and practical changes we will have to make as nature dictates our new limits. This landmark work from Richard Heinberg, author of three of the most important books on Peak Oil, touches on vital aspects of the human condition at this unique moment in time.

A combination of wry commentary and sober forecasting on subjects as diverse as farming and industrial design, this book describes how to make the transition from The Age of Excess to the Era of Modesty with grace and satisfaction, while preserving the best of our collective achievements. Peak Everything is a must-read for individuals, business leaders and policy makers serious about effecting real change.


"Richard Heinberg brings important news that few will want to hear ― the limits we've been hearing about for four decades are really upon us. He also brings a pretty good hint of the directions we might take to escape the tightening knot. An important book from an important thinker."
―Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy: the Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future

"If humans survive the ongoing catastrophe that is this culture, it will be in great measure due to people like Richard Heinberg, who have the courage to directly face our predicament and the honesty to clearly yet gently describe our alternatives. Heinberg's work is always both inspirational and educational, and Peak Everything is no exception. This book should be required reading at all high schools and colleges, for all activists, and for all policy-makers."
―Derrick Jensen, author of Endgame

"There are few harder questions than the ones Richard Heinberg takes on in Peak Everything . Fortunately, he addresses them with his customary fearlessness, intellectual rigor and good sense. More than anyone else I've encountered, Heinberg has an answer to the most fundamental question of all; "How shall we go on from here." Reading this, I can believe there is hope that we can."
―Sharon Astyk, author of Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front and Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage and Preservation

"Once again ― and with eyes as peeled to the task as a Buddha's ― Richard Heinberg jumps into the cauldron of global resource decline. This is his most integrated report from the social, economic, and ecological contraction now unfolding, which he delivers with mindfulness, compassion, and a view to humanity's strengths."
―Chellis Glendinning, author of My Name Is Chellis and I'm in Recovery from Western Civilization

"Peak Oil is a great threat to our way of life, and Richard Heinberg is one of the world's best-known writers and analysts of the subject. In Peak Everything , Heinberg gives us a series of provocative essays about the profound individual and global implications of Peak Oil."
―Albert A. Bartlett, Professor Emeritus of Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder

"With Peak Everything , Richard Heinberg is once again on the cutting edge. We are all indebted to him for helping us understand our 21st cenury world."
―Lester R. Brown, President, Earth Policy Institute, and author of Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble

Product details

  • Item Weight : 13 ounces
  • Paperback : 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0865716455
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0865716452
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.48 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : New Society Publishers; Illustrated Edition (July 15, 2010)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.4 out of 5 stars 30 ratings