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Cover Story
Tot voor kort waren we de rijkste mensen ooit. Sinds het einde van de 20ste eeuw, daalde het inkomen van meer dan 90% van alle huishoudens, ondanks vele pogingen om economische groei te stimuleren. Ook het toekomstperspectief voor jonge mensen is steeds negatiever geworden. Velen kunnen geen passende baan vinden, en hebben geen perspectief op eigen huis en langdurige carriere.
U.S. household incomes 2000-2014 (census.gov)
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Cover Story
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Voor het eerst in 250 jaar zijn energie en grondstoffen de beperkende factoren aan het worden voor nog meer groei. Meer extractie is in toenemende mate moeilijker. Dit is moeilijk te bevatten voor ons, aangezien onze hersensen het beste werken wanneer we het verleden extrapoleren. Als dat niet lukt, zijn we in verwarring.
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Blog
After 10 years of mostly scientific work on understanding our human ecosystem, energy&stuff is IIER 's first public outreach project. Given the very negative societal dynamics observed around the world, with hate and blame on the rise, we consider it relevant to instill a sense of reality into the discussion, hopefully supporting a different and more constructive dialogue moving forward.
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About energy&stuff - how to safely make it through the 21st century
After 10 years of mostly scientific work on understanding our human ecosystem, energy&stuff is IIER 's first public outreach project. Given the very negative societal dynamics observed around the world, with hate and blame on the rise, we consider it relevant to instill a sense of reality into the discussion, hopefully supporting a different and more constructive dialogue moving forward.
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Consuming less means leading a better life
There are so many things in life that can make you happier than "shopping therapy." We simply have to re-learn them. Once we embrace that and find ways to leave the struggle for "more" behind, we can live a great life with much less material wealth.

This website is providing you with many ideas and practical examples to make it happen in your personal life.

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How can I contribute to a better future?
energy&stuff wants citizens to engage, no matter if you do this with us, in your community, in an organization, or in politics. If societies are going to master the challenges of the future, a large number of people need to better understand the dynamics of the world we live in, begin to change their thinking, their talking and their behaviors. We show you how to do that.
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Of men and mice - how we're all prewired for growth
All living organisms are initially wired to proliferate to every ecological niche they successfully can exploit, no matter if we are talking about a petri dish of bacteria or a group of mice. As humans, we are initially wired the same way, but we have options.
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Why economic science has a limitless world view
Economic science teaches that energy and natural resources play no role and that growth will continue as long as there is more labor and capital, supported by increasing productivity. For over two centuries, this was true, but now, we've reached the limit, and our plans no longer work. We need new economic theories, or more precisely, return to older ones.
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Funding the (on the surface) unfundable.
If an alien anthropologist - an impartial expert on humans and our culture - were asked to organize the perfect conditions for a human society to ignore and avoid preparing for a great systemic risk, he or she or it likely couldn’t construct a more perfect scenario than our current one.
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Basis van ons success: energie en grondstoffen
Wanneer we het gebrek aan economisch groei willen proberen te begrijpen moeten we een oude waarheid herontdekken: meer economische activiteit betekent meer energie en meer grondstofverbruik. De photosynthese van planten heeft altijd al achter onze welvaart gezeten, maar sinds het begin van de industriele revolutie tappen we in razend tempo uit fossiele energiebronnen.
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Welke opties zijn er in een groei-gelimiteerde toekomst?
Er is helaas geen simpele oplossing aan de horizon. Dus we hebben geen andere keuze dan te accepteren dat we met minder moeten leven om niet vechtend ten onder willen gaan. Dit betekent dat we onze weerstand hiertegen op moeten geven en blij zijn met het feit dat we rijker zijn dan ooit tevoren, en we dat kunnen blijven als we nu de juiste keuzes maken.
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Renewable energy can only power a less rich future
All available evidence tells us that a return to energy system that mostly rely on renewables will significantly shrink our economic activity. Unfortunately, the new optimistic term "free solar energy" gives too many people an incorrect impression that we could migrate off fossil energy while maintainng our standard of living and economic growth.
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Outsourcing - how some countries became (seemingly) efficient
Many advanced economies seem to have become much more energy- and resource-efficient during the past decades, emitting far less greenhouse gases per unit of economic output. Unfortunately, the largest part of those improvements exist only on paper, as globalization and the related de-industrialization have driven the "heavy lifting" elsewhere.
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