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A Prosperous Way Down: Principles and Policies
by Howard T. Odum and Elisabeth C. Odum
University Press of Colorado, 2008
Cloth: 978-0-87081-610-9 | Paper: 978-0-87081-908-7 | eISBN: 978-1-60732-081-4
Library of Congress Classification TJ163.O38 2001
Dewey Decimal Classification 333.7

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
A Prosperous Way Down (2001), the last book by Howard T. and Elisabeth C. Odum, has shaped politics and planning as nations, states, and localities begin the search for ways to adapt to a future with vastly increased competition for energy.

A Prosperous Way Down considers ways in which a future with less fossil fuel could be peaceful and prosperous. Although history records the collapse of countless civilizations, some societies and ecosystems have managed to descend in orderly stages, reducing demands and selecting and saving what is most important.


The authors make recommendations for a more equitable and cooperative world society, with specific suggestions based on their evaluations of trends in global population, wealth distribution, energy sources, conservation, urban development, capitalism and international trade, information technology, and education.


Available for the first time in paperback, this thoughtful, provocative book forces us to confront assumptions about our world 's future and provides both a steadying hand and a call to action with its pragmatic analysis of a global transition.



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