The Limits Of Growth ( Tltg )

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Introduction At the time it was written, The Limits to Growth (TLTG) was groundbreaking in its modeling, analysis and subsequent predictions of future trends. It is a policy paper pushing for sustainable development, coupled with technological modernisation. This essay will examine TLTG through an ecocentric lens. First, this paper will briefly summarise ecocentrism. Second, it will discuss TLTG and its findings in a contemporary context. It will be argued that TLTG ultimately failed in its ambition, because it utilised a discourse system that did not address key systematic causes of resource depletion. TLTG recognises human’s overconsumption and disregard for the Earth’s finite resources as a cause of exponential growth. However, it very much focuses on the survival of people rather than the Earth’s intrinsic value. An ecocentric perspective argues that each fragment of the Earth has an intangible value and should be treated accordingly; a concept that TLTG does not address. An ecocentric perspective has the propensity to halt the over-exploitation that occurs at such an alarming rate. Ecocentrism should be applied on a systemic, domestic and individual level to avoid the Earth’s further degradation. Indeed, this would require the re-structuring of capitalism. Subsequently, a seemingly ‘radical’ and alternative discourse system is needed to dominate policy documents such as TLTG. This essay does not suggest that ecocentric perspectives would be successful in creating

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