Review by Natalia Kowbasiuk
This short book seems to be a good summary of all the arguments why people in the West must do everything they can to escape the market fundamentalist thinking, which says that economic growth is the only way of our own development.
The strongest of the arguments seems to be obvious for anybody who still can look idependently on what is going on around in the world. The consumption of unrenewable ressources, such as oil, and the pollution of the renewable ones, such as water, is leading to an ecological catastrophe. And the word « catastrophe » must be understood in a strictly scientifical way, which means that even though at the moment we still don’t see clearly the results of the pollution and lack of ressources (although the war in Iraq should be a clear signal), the catastrophe might be in fact just a decade or two ahead of us! If the western economy will continue to grow only 2% a year, it would mean that it’s going to duplicate itself in the next 35 years! And the bigger the volume of production, the bigger number these 2% represent. So the biggest pollution and waste of resources is still ahead of us!