Bill Rees – Why We’re in Denial

“We’re living with a myth, that the global economy can grow forever…”

“If we don’t change our cultural myth to conform to bio-physical reality (the reality of limits to material growth), then we’re going to have huge problems on our hands in the next few decades.”

Dr. William Rees is a professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia and former director of the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP). He is the originator of the “ecological footprint” concept and co-developer of the method. In this interview he speaks with us about why we’re in denial about the failure of the human enterprise. We ask Bill about the reasons we’re in denial and how we could start adapting to our ecological challenges through a new cultural narrative.


Holding back the tears

There are things that need to be said. There are things that need to be discussed. Yet, here I am, unable to bring them out for fear that they will be misunderstood or that I will misrepresent my thoughts, ideals and goals.

This frustration means my head is full of tears; so full that I am weighed down by them, and yet, I cannot bring myself to cry.

One day soon though, I will have to find the courage to speak my mind, be true to myself for otherwise, I will collapse and wither away.