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Moving to a

Finite Earth Economy –

Crew Manual

  • Book 1 Rankings



    BEST SELLER in the Environmental Economics Category


    BEST SELLER in the Two-Hour Science and Math Short Reads


    BEST SELLER in Environmental Science

  • Book 2 Rankings



    BEST SELLER in Green Business


    BEST SELLER in New Releases in Green Business


    BEST SELLER in Environmental Economics

  • Book 3 Rankings



    New Release in Green Business


    BEST SELLER in Green Business


    BEST SELLER in Environmental Economics

  • Reader Reviews for Book 1


  • Bottom line, straight talk on climate change.

    This book is so short and punchy as to be a “flash read,” but this is the kind of messaging we need on climate change: it’s here now, it’s getting a lot worse in a big hurry, and everything–literally everything–about our economy, our institutions and our world is going to change as a result of it. This is not a polemic from environmentalists asking you to please care about their pet issue. This is straight talk on what humanity needs to do to handle this existential challenge, undoubtedly the most important problem facing the world right now. Well-written, concise, backed up with sound sources and quotes, “Moving to a Finite Earth Economy” tells it like it really is. Highly recommended.


    – Sean

  • Action-Provoking Book

    This book is a fairly quick read but provides a lasting impact. It was a wake-up call for me. I have a great deal of work to do personally to move into the circular economy before I’m a full crew member in the finite economy. I look forward to the next two books.


    – Cindy Tavera

  • The elephant in the room (or in the air)

    Question: What would be the weight of 300 four-ton elephants times each second of the day times each day for an entire year?


    Answer: 37 gigatons.


    That’s how much CO2 we pumped into the air in 2018. This is why I love David’s writing . . . he and Bob Leonard make the numbers clearly articulate the unpaid costs we’ve run up in languishing in our Growth Economy, all to make clear the imperative that we must move to the Finite Earth Economy.


    – Kevin Conlon

  • Important Call to Action

    It will only take you an hour to read Moving to a Finite Earth Economy – Crew Manual: The Three Economies. But try forgetting it afterward. In this compact manifesto, David Houle and Bob Leonard address climate change in clear, understandable terms. Their premise is that we have until 2030 to avoid catastrophic change or possible extinction of our species. They explore three types of economies: the Growth Economy, the present consumerist paradigm that has brought us to the edge of elimination; the Circular Economy, the recycle-reduce-reuse model that never gained the popularity it needed to make a crucial difference; and the Finite Earth Economy, the only viable option. Houle and Leonard will present the Finite Earth Economy in greater detail in Volumes 2 and 3, which are now being written. But for now, read and heed. Our survival could well hinge on it.


    – Burt J. Kempner

  • A Crucial Call to Action for the Crew of Spaceship Earth

    David Houle once again issues a much-needed, timely wake-up call. Perpetual economic growth just doesn’t work and is the main contributor to our current global climate crisis. The need to adopt the “crew consciousness” that Houle advocates couldn’t be clearer. This book – along with all of Houle’s earlier writing – represents an important step in making that happen.


    – Jeff Cobb

  • We Are at the Tipping Point

    This book will shake your safe belief system to the core. Take a look at how we’ve been operating that just hasn’t worked, how we keep doing the same things and hoping for different outcomes….a sure sign of insanity. Get it, read it, then think about it every single day so you can start to make the paradigm shift in attitude and action that is needed to begin rescuing us from the edge of the cliff. If you have the courage.


    – Carole A. Martin

  • “In the 3-book series “Moving to a Finite Earth Economy – Crew Manual”, Futurist David Houle takes a bold and courageous step to define the climate crisis not as one future trend of interest but as the defining challenge of this moment in human history. We have 10 years to act, he argues, and to wait any longer or to accept incremental measures is to put humanity on a path to oblivion. We have been talking about such change for 50-years, he notes, and now with catastrophe upon us human beings must choose between fight or flight. This trilogy offers a simple, clear, and prescriptive call to fight. It will challenge your complacency and any comfortable hope you may harbor that everything will work out fine through market forces or gradualism. Few thought leaders, and even fewer Futurists are willing to lay it on the line like Houle does in this book. It may change everything.”


    – Futurist Glen Hiemstra, Founder, www.futurist.com

  • “For those concerned about climate change and global warming, this book is a superb source of information and of something more–short, snappy sentences ready-made to be slogans, compelling slogans. It also shows you how global warming fits into the history of the planet, and how your everyday habits fit into the big picture.”


    – Howard Bloom, http://www.howardbloom.net Philosopher, polymath and author of a number of influential books https://www.amazon.com/Howard-K.-Bloom/e/B001KIRZ9U

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    Quotes from Prominent People on the need to transform Capitalism in its current form



    “Economic powers continue to justify the current global system where priority is given to speculation and the pursuit of financial gain. As a result, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the deified market.” – Pope Francis.


    “Capitalism does not permit an even flow of economic resources. With this system, a privileged few are rich beyond conscience, almost all others are doomed to be poor. Since we know the system will not change the rules, we are going to have to change the system.” – Martin Luther King.


    We should no longer measure our wealth and success in the graph that shows economic growth, but in the curve that shows the emissions of greenhouse gases. We should no longer only ask: “Have we got enough money to go through with this?” but also: “Have we got enough of the carbon budget to spare to go through with this?” That should and must become the centre of our new currency.” – Greta Thunberg, 16 year old Swedish girl who is a climate change activist and a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize


    “Our economic system and our planetary system are now at war. Or, more accurately, our economy is at war with many forms of life on earth, including human life. What the climate needs to avoid collapse is a contraction in humanity’s use of resources; what our economic model demands to avoid collapse is unfettered expansion. Only one of these sets of rules can be changed, and it’s not the laws of nature.” – Naomi Klein, author “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate”.


    The world economy is a pyramid scheme. The world needs a new model of how to generate a rising standard of living that’s not dependent on a pyramid scheme.” – Steven Chu, Nobel Prize winner and the Secretary of Energy under Obama.


    “Although I have made a fortune in the financial markets, I now fear that the untrammeled intensification of laissez-faire capitalism and the spread of market values into all areas of life is endangering our open and democratic society. The main enemy of the open society, I believe, is no longer the communist but the capitalist threat.” – George Soros, legendary investor.


    “I believe that all good things taken to an extreme can be self-destructive and that everything must evolve or die. This is now true for capitalism” Ray Dalio, Chairman and Founder, Bridgewater Associates.


    “The capitalist beast is out of control. I have a very low opinion of capitalism in 2019. We have reached a low point. The greatest manifestation of that is the massive emphasis on maximizing short-term profits, which is simply bad business. It is incredibly bad for society, and it’s not good for long-term growth rates. It tends to give you better short-term profit margins and lower economic growth. For capitalism to work, you need there to be some sense of social contract – social discipline, if you will.” – Jeremy Grantham, globally respected economist.


    “Capitalism, in that situation, is not like ours now,” said Järvensivu. “Economic activity is driven by meaning — maintaining equal possibilities for the good life while lowering emissions dramatically — rather than profit, and the meaning is politically, collectively constructed. Well, I think this is the best conceivable case in terms of modern state and market institutions. It can’t happen without considerable reframing of economic-political thinking, however.” – Dr. Paavo Järvensivu, Finnish biophysical economist


    “Sink costs are also rising; economies have used up the capacity of planetary ecosystems to handle the waste generated by energy and material use. Climate change is the most pronounced sink cost,” the paper states. – BIOS Research Unit in Finland


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