In reading Kate’s book she quite clearly notes the issues with resources depletion especially energy.
Yet, the media keeps sensationalizes resource exploitation using production numbers and ignoring proven reserves.
For example USA Today Money ran a blurb regarding US oil production saying that it’s about to move past Russia and Saudi Arabia. The inference is that the US economy currently based on 80%+ nonrenewable fossil fuels can keep charging along without any context that the US only has about 3% of the global proven reserves of oil yet uses about 20% of daily global consumption. And I ever heard on a excellent talk show that addresses real life issues where the host and guest were suggesting ‘American Independence’ of energy even though we still import about 50% of the oil used here.
Along the lines of management thinking where ‘you can’t manage what you can’t measure’, I’m looking for a strategy we can use to inform folks about resources depletion and the more commonly used term ‘overshoot’ in sustainability discussions.
I try to include whatever resource graphics I can get off of Google Images but I see that many organizations and understandably so, want to charge for the knowledge.
The Worldwatch Institute ( www.worldwatch.org ) offers some information but I’m looking for sources that folks here use and can be leveraged in contacts with media including using social media to temper the production numbers with accurate and informative resource information.
In order to adequately rebuff claims about limitless growth we need to get resource information into the political and economic discourse.
Any suggestions or thoughts are welcomed.