Richard Douthwaite, the author of The Growth Illusion, looked at the problems created by the availability of cheap energy. He believes it shaped capitalism and our monetary systems, led manufacturers and farmers to adopt unsustainable technologies, and permitted a six-fold increase in the human population while creating a concentration of power and wealth in very few hands.

Recorded on day three of The New Emergency Conference: Managing Risk and Building Resilience in a Resource Constrained World. Held on 10-12 June 2009, All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, Ireland

newemergency.org

This conference was organised by Feasta, the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability.

feasta.org

Apologies for the poor sound quality for the first 13 minutes.

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