Eric Harrington on ‘The Natural Step’

On Jan 18 2016, Eric Harrington, a regular attendee of our Transition Town Chelsea gatherings, explained the concepts behind The Natural Step, which was founded in 1989 in Sweden by oncologist Dr. Karl Henrik-Robert, and has since spread around the world into many countries and many companies. He provided a Powerpoint of his presentation, and our Web designer collated some of his notes into the slides before making a PDF file of his presentation, called “The Natural Step: Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development.”  Eric described the four system conditions for sustainability that comprise the heart of The Natural Step – criteria which must be met in order for our society and economy to be sustainable. The presentation shows how these system conditions logically follow from simple thermodynamic laws, how they can be and are being applied, and also presents related concepts such as the ‘sustainability funnel’ and ‘backcasting.’  He provides links to the official ‘Natural Step’ website.  I also recommend looking at Wikipedia on ‘The Natural Step.’


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