What is the likelihood that the transformations of our economy you describe in Managing Without Growth can become a reality in a timeframe that will allow us to avert the worst planetary disasters?
Peter Victor – It is getting easier and easier to pull together data that show we are heading in an untenable direction. We now know that climate change is moving faster than experts had thought likely in the past. That is a pretty horrific context to be working in. I am also disturbed by the increasing loss of species. Peak oil already hit the US a while ago. If you look at these phenomena one after another and you understand that economic growth as we have known it means increasing energy and material throughput, it all looks pretty bleak. Being able to show that there is a way forward that can head us in a different direction is important, though it will require substantial changes in many aspects of our economy and our lives in general.