Industry’s success mantra encompasses continual growth. For them it’s; grow sales, generate greater profits. Many people also use this mantra to define their existence. They aim to grow the greatest wealth and to amass the most material possible. Growth seems so rewarding that its mere mention engenders a positive image.
However, like anything else, there can be too much of a good thing. The obvious consideration for people is the finite extent of the resources on Earth. With now over 7 billion people striving for growth, we can question the ability for all to successfully achieve it. Consider how growth and indeed any activity require energy. All we need do is look at the rapid increase in energy consumption over the last two millennium to be aware. Now consider the future as BP predicted in their recent outlook
Consider the negative side of resource extraction; the spills, the tailings, the combustion exhaust. Now consider the doubling of the quantity of all these concerns. And, consider the ability of the Earth to even provide a doubling of supply for the energy resources. Should we continually hold on to a growth mantra? Can we accept this mantra when looking at the finite extent of Earth and the negative impacts?