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Limits to growth

Limits to Growth

The seminal publication of the Club of Rome, still as relevant today as the day it was published in 1972, is now available on line: Please click here

Part of paragraph 106 of Pope Francis' Encyclical Letter

... Men and women have constantly intervened in nature, but for a long time this meant being in tune with and respecting the possibilities offered by the things themselves. It was a matter of receiving what nature itself allowed, as if from its own hand. Now, by contrast, we are the ones to lay our hands on things, attempting to extract everything possible from them while frequently ignoring or forgetting the reality in front of us. 

Human beings and material objects no longer extend a friendly hand to one another; the relationship has become confrontational.  This has made it easy to accept the idea of infinite or unlimited growth, which proves so attractive to economists, financiers and experts in technology. It is based on the lie that there is an infinite supply of the earth’s goods, and this leads to the planet being squeezed dry beyond every limit. It is the false notion that “an infinite quantity of energy and resources are available, that it is possible to renew them quickly, and that the negative effects of the exploitation of the natural order can be easily absorbed.”