Designing our Future

Local Perspectives on Bioproduction, Ecosystems and Humanity

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This volume focuses primarily on society at the local and regional levels and on a scenario in which human beings coexist harmoniously with nature. This ideal society is examined in terms of the relationships between villages or towns and their natural environment. It also looks at how these villages and towns can achieve local or regional independence in the face of pressures toward centralization and globalization. This book highlights the importance of developing a society in harmony with nature through the networking of diverse communities to promote and achieve local independence.



The carrying capacity of the Earth

The modern era is extremely unusual in the history of humankind. It is an exceptional period lasting only around 300 years, in which the world’s population is expected to explode from several hundred million to 10 billion, and its future is uncertain (because the modern era is driven by finite resources of fossil fuels). It seems that today’s tragedy lies in our misunderstanding that the current situation is a permanent status quo that should last for years to come.


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