Sustainability

Lecture handout: Sustainability

⭐ Required readings:


Here’s how to visit the grave of J.B. Say. Here is a photo from a book written by Richard Cantillon, published in 1755, which uses the word “entrepreneur”.

Here is a video on poverty being a lack of cash, not a character trait:

Here is the Bushradical video about building a log cabin in the woods:

Here is the Outdoor Boys video building a snow shelter:

Recently there has been increased attention to the concept of “degrowth”. I recommend the following:

Here’s a great visual showing different carbon pricing initiatives:

Here is more on the doughnut model:

Some spinning donuts (you see! it is meant to be measured after all):

Recommended books:

  • Ridley, M., 2011, The Rational Optimist, Fourth Estate
  • Rosling, H., 2018, Factfulness, Sceptre
  • Munger, M., 2019, Is Capitalism sustainable?, American Institute for Economic Research
  • Tupy, M.L., and Pooley, G.L., 2023, Superabundance, Cato Institute
  • Ritchie, H., 2024, Not the end of the world, Penguin

Recommended podcasts:

Learning Objectives: This session considers whether infinite growth is possible on a planet with finite natural resources.

Spotlight on sustainability: Doh!