Join us for a discussion hosted by Mark Swilling on Chapter 3: Understanding our Finite World: Resource Flows of Late Modernity, the fourth of the webinar series based on Prof Mark Swilling’s new book The Age of Sustainability: Just Transitions in a Complex World on 26 May 2021 at 4pm SAST.

Chapter 3 analytically reviews the contribution made by the International Resource Panel (IRP) to our understanding of the dynamics of the deep transition. The IRP can be understood as a collaborative effort by a diverse group of researchers to document the socio-metabolic case for why the industrial epoch has effectively reached the end of its 250-year historical cycle.

The original objectives of the IRP were to: (1) provide independent, coherent and authoritative scientific assessments of policy relevance on the sustainable use of natural resources and their environmental impacts over the full life cycle; (2) contribute to a better understanding of how to decouple economic growth rates from the rate of resource use and environmental degradation.

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Join us as we continue our journey through the pages of The Age of Sustainability: Just Transitions in a Complex World.
The Age of Sustainability: Just Transitions in a Complex World provides an interpretation of the global economic and ecological crisis from a distinct African perspective. Drawing on a relational epistemology and ontology that emerges from the intersection between contemporary Sub-Saharan African philosophy and western post-humanism, Swilling traverses a vast terrain in order to illustrate his argument that there are multiple transitions already underway at the global, national and loc