Issue 71 - 02 | How To Shrink the Human Footprint: And How Going Back To Nature Would Be a Disaster For Nature

By Matt Ridley
Published June 2, 2010 5:00 p.m.
“I am going to argue that the ecological footprint of human activity is probably shrinking at an accelerating rate and that we are getting more sustainable, not less, in the way we use the planet. In a nutshell, the most sustainable thing we can do, and the best for the planet, is to accelerate technological change and economic growth.”

About Matt Ridley | Matt Ridley is the author of provocative books on evolution, genetics, and society. He has worked as a zoologist, conservationist, and journalist, and has written such prize-winning books as The Red Queen, The Origins of Virtue, Genome, Nature Via Nurture, and Francis Crick. His books have sold over 800,000 copies, been translated into 27 languages and been short-listed for six literary prizes. In 2004, he won the National Academies Book Award from the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine for Nature via Nurture. In 2007 he won the Davis Prize from the US History of Science Society for Francis Crick.

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