July 12, 2013
Samuel Alexander discusses his new book Entropia: Life Beyond Industrial Civilisation.
When industrial civilisation collapsed in the third decade of the 21st century, a community living on a small island in the South Pacific Ocean found itself permanently isolated from the rest of the world. With no option but to build a self-sufficient economy with very limited energy supplies, this community set about creating a simpler way of life that could flourish into the deep future. Determined above all else to transcend the materialistic values of the Old World, they made a commitment to live materially simple lives, convinced that this was the surest path to genuine freedom, peace, and sustainable prosperity. Seven decades later, in the year 2099, Entropia describes the results of their remarkable living experiment.
Dr Samuel Alexander is a part-time lecturer with the Office for Environmental Programs, University of Melbourne, Australia. He teaches a course called Consumerism and the Growth Paradigm: Interdisciplinary Perspectives in the Masters of Environment. He is also co-director of the Simplicity Institute and co-founder of Transition Coburg. He writes regularly at the Simplicity Collective and posts most of his academic essays at www.TheSufficiencyEconomy.com
carbon footprint, climate change, collapse of society, consumerism, energy crisis, global warming, peak oil, renewable energy, resource based economy, steady state economy, sustainability, transition movement, utopia