Limits and Prospects for Human Survival
by Richard Heinberg

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

Douglas Rushkoff, author of Team Human

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. Power lays the groundwork to understand what we’ve done and how to fix it.

But is it even possible for human beings to deliberately rein in our power?

Power by Richard Heinberg is published by New Society Publishers.

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

Dennis Meadows, co-author of The Limits to Growth

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“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

“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

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Power is Heinberg’s masterwork. And it could not be more timely, arriving just as that window of time for action threatens to slam shut.”

Stan Cox, author of The Green New Deal and Beyond

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.