How shall we live? From the age of plenty to the age of austerity without returning to caves.
“The joyride is over. What remains is the question of how we can make a transition to a saner way of living.”
James Howard Kunstler, Geography of Nowhere (1993)
Of course only a small minority of the world’s people have enjoyed the age of plenty. But what’s this new ‘age of austerity’ people keep talking about and what does it mean for us? Are we all going to be living in a cave with the TV switched off? Or are there opportunities for achieving real quality of life in very low-to-no-carbon economies and societies?