Limits and Prospects for Human Survival
by Richard Heinberg

“Richard Heinberg is a writer of unfailing interest and this book sums up much of his life’s thinking.”

Bill McKibben, author of Falter and co-founder of 350.org

Power: Limits and Prospects for Human Survival traces how humans have come to overpower the earth’s natural systems and oppress one another…with catastrophic implications.

Humanity must act quickly to prevent environmental and economic collapse. But is it even possible for human beings to deliberately rein in our power? Power lays the groundwork to understand what we’ve done and how to fix it.

Power: Limits and Prospects for Human Survival by Richard Heinberg. Published 2021 by New Society Publishers. Paperback. 416 pages. ISBN 9780865719675.

A rich, moving, and necessary treatise from our most accomplished and compassionate thinker on sustainable futures.”

Douglas Rushkoff, author of Team Human

The Power Podcast

 Join us as we explore the hidden driver behind the converging crises of the 21st century. It all comes down to power—our pursuit of it, overuse of it, and abuse of it. Learn how different forms of power arose, what they mean for us today, and why giving up power just might save us.

About Power

“Richard Heinberg’s panoramic review of known forms of power is both sobering and inspiring.”

Joanna Macy, author of World As Lover, World As Self

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“…an impressive, sweeping, and thought-provoking narrative.”

Dennis Meadows, co-author of The Limits to Growth

About the author

Richard Heinberg is the author of thirteen previous books including The Party’s OverPowerdownPeak Everything, and The End of Growth. He is Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world’s most effective communicators of the urgent need to transition away from fossil fuels.­­ He lives in Santa Rosa, California.

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About Post Carbon Institute

Founded in 2003, Post Carbon Institute’s mission is to lead the transition to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world by providing individuals and communities with the resources needed to understand and respond to the interrelated ecological, economic, energy, and equity crises of the 21st century.

About New Society Publishers

New Society Publishers has been a leader in sustainable publishing for over 40 years; they are an activist, solutions-oriented publisher focused on bringing tools for a world of change. A certified B Corporation, New Society prints on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, is carbon neutral, and and prints only in North America.